THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Thanksgiving for one … or two

Now that we’re entering the traditional holiday season and you-know-what is still out there, there are several avenues we can take to return to some semblance of normalcy. We can throw caution to the wind and go out in public to congregate with those large groups of friends and family that we haven’t seen since […]

Yaki onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) 焼きおにぎり

A favorite at izakaya restaurants, yaki onigiri are Japanese grilled rice balls covered in savory soy sauce. With a crispy crust on the outside and soft sticky rice on the inside, these rice balls are simply irresistible and easy to make at home! Today I’m going to share my yaki onigiri (焼きおにぎり) recipe. Yaki means […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: For amber waves of grain

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the general nutrition recommendation to include more whole grains in your diet to improve your health and well-being. (You could start by consuming more Cheerios or whole wheat bread). Whenever we consume whole grains, the additional fiber in the grain takes longer to digest so that the absorbable part […]

Tofu Pizza 豆腐のピザ

Instead of pizza dough, this Japanese version of Tofu Pizza uses crispy pan-fried tofu as the “dough,” and is topped with melted mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, tomato slices and basil leaves for a delicious tofu dish. When the words “Tofu Pizza” are used in the U.S., they often refer to the healthy pizza dough made out […]

Spam Onigirazu スパムおにぎらず

Spam Onigirazu is perfect for a quick meal or snack on the go. The winning combination of fried eggs, sweet sushi rice and classic Spam is wrapped up in crunchy nori. You want to sink your teeth into this yummy treat! If you love a popular Hawaiian favorite, SPAM® Musubi, you will LOVE this SPAM® […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: When the livin’ is easy

I don’t think George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward envisioned a summer like this, though the tension in “Porgy and Bess” does mirror some of the social discord in the country. Between proliferating viruses and ongoing racial tension, you almost forget that it’s summer when we’re usually carefree and full of merriment. But even with social […]

Easy Fried Rice (Gluten Free) 基本のチャーハン

Introducing a New FeatureIn our ongoing efforts to keep an increasingly isolated community engaged and stimulated, the Nichi Bei Weekly is excited to announce a new collaboration with the popular Just One Cookbook (www.justonecookbook.com), which was created by Namiko Hirasawa Chen (Nami) in 2011 as a blog to keep track of her recipes and to […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Involuntary sequestration

It is apparent that it’s not life as usual these days. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t even have had the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pass from animals to humans, but even in the perfect COVID-19 world, we’d shut down and sequester everyone for two to three weeks so that the virus would run its […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The reluctant gift giving guide

It’s about that time of year when I turn slightly green, not with envy, but more that Grinchly green hue. Why? Not because I’m a true Grinch, but because of everyone’s rush — namely the retailers — to get to Christmas as soon as possible, we’ve seemed to have bypassed Thanksgiving as an afterthought. Thanksgiving […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Kung Hee Fat Choy

Now that Lunar New Year has come and gone (it was two weeks ago if you weren’t paying attention) everyone is back to the reality of life as the holiday season is now a distant memory for all cultures. However, the Tatsumoto household still indulges in that traditional Lunar New Year dish, lo han jai, […]

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