From the monthly archives:

August 2010

Lamb Yakhni Pulao (Lamb Stock Rice): Visiting Pakistan

by Karen August 30, 2010
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I don’t think I need to explain why I chose to go to Pakistan this week.  If any explaining needs to be done, it should be why I didn’t go earlier.  If you’ve read the news lately you know that the country is suffering one of the worst natural disasters it has ever seen.  Thousands […]

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Zaru Soba (Cold Soba Noodles): Eating Japan

by Valerie August 27, 2010
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Cold soba is one of those dishes that’s perfect on a hot summer’s day.  It’s very refreshing and although it’s subtle, the flavor is so tasty that you feel completely satisfied and content after your meal. Soba is easy to make and sure to be a hit every time. To make about 4 servings: -2 […]

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Hiyayakko (Chilled Fresh Tofu): Eating Japan

by Valerie August 27, 2010
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Hiyayakko is a simple but delicious (and nutritious) dish to serve with any summer meal.  The combinations of toppings are endless but for my hiyayakko today, I chose to add some finely chopped green onions, bonito flakes and soy sauce to my chilled tofu. For 4 servings: -1 pound silken (soft) tofu, drained -3 or […]

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Kyuri No Sunomono (Cucumber and Seaweed Salad): Eating Japan

by Valerie August 27, 2010
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This salad is both gorgeous and delicious.  The crispy texture of the cucumbers pairs well with the seaweed and the flavors are fresh and invigorating. For 4 servings: -30 g dried wakame seaweed -2 Japanese cucumbers -4 tsp toasted white sesame seeds -1 tsp salt For sanbaizu (three-flavor vinegar): -2 tbsp rice vinegar -2 drops […]

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The Art of Japanese Cuisine: Food Presentation 101

by Valerie August 25, 2010
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I consider myself a very lucky girl because my mom is an outstanding cook with a diverse range of foods in her repertoire, but if there’s one thing that’s special about the evenings she makes Japanese food, it’s that the meal is always served with our collection of beautiful Japanese dishes, bowls and utensils.  I […]

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Zaru Soba (Cold Soba Noodles): Visiting Japan

by Valerie August 23, 2010
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I have to say I am honored to be writing this week’s Monday post and I couldn’t be more excited about the destination. This Friday, Karen is finally taking us to Japan and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been waiting for this day since the blog was born. As a fourth generation […]

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Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries): Eating Belgium

by Karen August 20, 2010
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Considered the poor man’s oyster, mussels are readily available, cheap and delicious!  A few notes on mussels before we begin. 1) Look for mussels that have been farm raised.  Wild ones are caught by dragging a net across the ocean floor, and most of them are very sandy.  Farm raised ones are cultivated on ropes […]

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Frites (Fries): Eating Belgium

by Karen August 20, 2010
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– 4 large Russet potatoes, peeled – Frying oil, like peanut oil or corn oil – kosher salt – lots of paper towels – frying thermometer Cut the potatoes into sticks about 1/3 inch thick.  Rinse the potatoes under some running water to remove the starch.  Dump the potatoes in a large bowl of ice […]

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Mayonnaise: Eating Belgium

by Karen August 20, 2010
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The difference between homemade mayonnaise and that jiggly stuff you get at the supermarket is like day and night.  The tricky thing with making mayonnaise is that you're trying to make an emulsion, binding egg yolk and oil into a consistent smooth cream.  Add too much oil and the yolk can't absorb it causing your […]

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