Food

Ginger pork (Shogayaki) 豚の生姜焼き

This is a classic Japanese ginger pork (shogayaki) recipe, tender sliced pork loin in a sweet ginger sauce, ginger pork is one of my favorite homemade dishes. It’s ready in 20 minutes! Ginger pork, or what we call shogayaki (生姜焼き), is a homey Japanese dish. I loved it when I was growing up and still […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Layered and baked goodness

I’m sure everyone has sampled that classic dish that layers flat sheets of pasta with a meat-laden tomato-based sauce interspersed with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese that’s then topped with more cheese and baked until bubbly and golden. Yes, I’m referring to lasagna. It was first mentioned in a poem in Italy in the 13th […]

Yuzu sorbet 柚子のシャーベット

Have you had tasted yuzu (柚子) before? This citrus fruit tastes like a combination of lemon, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. Yuzu juice and peel are used in Japanese cuisine especially in fall/winter when it’s in season. Having fresh yuzu in the kitchen really excites me not only because they are rare fruits outside of Japan, […]

Miso nikomi udon 味噌煮込みうどん

Miso nikomi udon is a hearty and comforting noodle soup where chicken, fish cake and udon noodles are simmered in a miso-flavored dashi broth. When it’s cold outside, this noodle soup will warm you inside out. Most udon noodle soups are served in clear dashi broth seasoned with soy sauce. However, in the Nagoya region, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The seafood of Oshogatsu

I grew up with a mixture of Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) traditions in the 1960s and 1970s. But for the most part, I didn’t know the significance of these traditions. Though Ojiichan (Grandpa) was Issei from Hiroshima, his only tradition was serving scalding sake from Mom’s gold anodized tea kettle just past midnight, as it […]

Quick and easy chirashi sushi ちらし寿司

This chirashi sushi is made of sushi rice and topped with a beautiful medley of vegetables, egg crepe and sashimi. Let’s learn how to make a quick and easy version today with a store-bought seasoning mix. We also have a made-from-scratch version (https://www.justonecookbook.com/chirashi-sushi). Chirashi sushi (we say chirashizushi in Japan) is bright and colorful sushi […]

Matcha Marble Pound Cake 抹茶マーブルパウンドケーキ

Rustic and delectable, with its rich green tea swirls, this buttery Matcha Marble Pound Cake perfectly accompanies that afternoon cup of coffee or tea enjoyed with friends. Do you have a good pound cake recipe in your repertoire that you gift to a friend or bring to a gathering? Today, I’ll show you how to […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: It’s that time again

You know that right after those Halloween pumpkins appear, it won’t be long until those Hallmark specials seem to be playing on every cable station and garland and boughs are adorning every shop window. And while the release of three effective vaccinations since last Christmas has put a little hope in peoples’ hearts early this […]

Homemade miso soup 味噌汁

It’s super easy to make authentic Japanese miso soup at home! As the daily elixir of the Japanese diet, homemade miso soup is not only delicious, it also brings many great health benefits. Learn how to make this nourishing soup at home with my recipe tutorial and cooking video (https://www.justonecookbook.com/homemade-miso-soup). Many of you have probably […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The magic elixir

Now that we’re well into fall, that means the changing of the leaves as trees start their hibernation into winter, no more wearing light colored attire (I never followed that fashion “rule” as it’s summer year-round in the 50th) and once again, flu season is upon us. Because of COVID, between the mandatory facemask mandates […]

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