Food

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The 2021 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

This month would have marked the 11th annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival … OK, maybe 10th, since last year’s event was canceled due to the raging worldwide pandemic. But since large gatherings still aren’t allowed as, despite having three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. we haven’t hit herd immunity […]

Sanpeijiru (Japanese salmon soup) 三平汁

A popular soup from Hokkaido, Sanpeijiru features salted salmon and root vegetables and is cooked in konbu dashi broth. You’ll enjoy this delicate and tasty soup on a cold day! If you’ve had a chance to visit the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido (北海道), have you tried the popular regional salmon soup called Sanpeijiru (三平汁)? […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Good enough to make you cry

If you chop or slice onions often enough, you’ll eventually get “immune” to the effects of syn-propanethial-S-oxide, which causes your lacrimal glands to produce tears to flush this irritant. Or maybe it’s simply because I tend to purchase local sweet onions, including Maui onions, which tend to be lower in sulfur (the “thiol” part of […]

Spicy miso chicken スパイシー味噌チキン

Love a good, easy appetizer recipe? Sweet and savory with a good dose of spice, these tulip-shaped chicken drumettes with a spicy miso dipping sauce are a party favorite. My husband and I were talking about what chicken drumettes recipe I could make for our next dinner since our children love drumettes. Then he said […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: More than just a stylin’ color

For more than a decade, I’ve gravitated toward anything that’s lime green. I have lime green shirts, pants, socks, belts and shoes. I also have lime green pens, wallets, Hydro Flasks, coolers and cooking utensils. However, there’s one lime in my kitchen that’s not lime green at all, but simply green. And while most of […]

Harusame salad (Japanese glass noodle salad) 春雨サラダ

Japanese glass noodle salad (harusame salad) is light, refreshing, low calorie and so flavorful, with a savory and tangy sesame soy vinaigrette. Japanese glass noodle salad, or what we call harusame salad (春雨サラダ) in Japan, is known as a Chinese-style (中華風) salad due to the Chinese origin of glass noodles and the use of sesame […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: ‘Diet for a Small Planet’

Frances Moore Lappe’s groundbreaking book, “Diet for a Small Planet,” is now 50 years old. It argued that world hunger was not caused by lack of food, but by lack of effective food policy. And while I’m not vegan or even vegetarian by any means, I agree that raising animals just for consumption expends a […]

Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes スフレパンケーキ

These Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes are like eating cottony clouds, but even better, with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries! Japanese people take pancakes to new heights. Think cottony clouds of heaven that melt in your mouth! Have you seen Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes (スフレパンケーキ) on social media, or maybe even tasted them when you […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Green onion or scallion?

In the 50th, we normally refer to the top of Allium chinense as green onions, though the rest of the United States refers to them as scallions. Their culinary preparations typically consist of using the white bottoms near the root, whereas in Hawai‘i, we primarily use the green tops. And while I normally try to […]

Japanese pasta with shrimp and asparagus 海老とアスパラガスの和風パスタ

Seasoned with soy sauce and flavorful dashi broth, this Japanese-style pasta with shrimp and asparagus is incredibly delicious and ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s also gluten-free! Today I’m going to share a super quick and easy Japanese pasta with shrimp and asparagus (海老とアスパラガス簡単和風パスタ) recipe. What’s Japanese Pasta? You might have heard of wafu […]

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