Monthly Archives December 2013

At Cook’s Warehouse, January 2014

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sUKIYAKI IN A COOKING POTbrowned short Ribskabocha soupbeet soup with shiso sherbet

I am returning to Cook’s Warehouse Next Year! January 28 and 29, 2014. Cook’s Warehouse is a fabulous cooking equipments and cooking school store in Atlanta. The owner Mary Moore makes sure to offer everyone every excuse to enjoy and cook delicious meals at home every night. I love that and respect her business very much.

Here is the information about my classes at Cook’s Warehouse...

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Chicken Disappeared on Christmas Eve

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Shawn DesVoignes, my business acquaintance, living in Kanazawa City, Japan, for the past six months (his total life in Japan is already 10 years), sent me a funny e-mail. He works for Yamato Shoyu-Miso Company, whose high quality shoyu and miso products are exported to USA.

His e-mail reads; “Japanese love Christmas. I went shopping yesterday, the Christmas Eve, and could not find any chicken at any food stores!”...

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Preserve Cultural Ritual or Sustain Marine Resource

Category: Hiroko's BlogRecipes

Herring!I bought locally caught herring from the fishmonger, Blue Moon, last Wednesday. Since Blue Moon won’t come back to the Greenmarket until next April I purchased extra herrings and porgy to freeze them for later consumption. I cleaned and filleted the fish, salted them a bit and placed them in plastic bags for storage. While filleting the herring I was thinking of herring roe – a must have New year food item. None of my fish had roe. It is anyway too early for them to carry eggs.

Herring roe, kazu...

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Dazzling Selection of New Hotels

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Want to try new hotels in Tokyo?

Dazzling selection of hotels. The below information supplied by Japan National Tourism Office.

1. Kyoto Ritz-Carlton Hotel, opening on Feb 7, 2014

Designed by Pete Remedios, this new stylish, luxury hotel is a hybrid of traditional Japanese beauty and 21st century comfort. It is located along Kamo River.

2. Aman Resort Tokyo, first quarter of 2014

Ultra luxury resort Aman’s urban hotel  in the heart of Tokyo, Ohtemachi...

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Quick Daikon Recipes

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Freezing winter is really in the Union Square Greeenmarket. Before the vendors disappear enjoy the daikon recipes (below) with locally grown root.

1. Quick Daikon Pickles

Cut daikon into 1/4-inch square x 3-inch long strips. Toss the daikon strips in a bowl with 2% of salt to the weight of daikon, and leave it for 10 minutes. Quickly rinse the salted daikon in a sieve. Drain and squeeze the strips and transfer it to a dry bowl...

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Impressed with Green Color

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daikon oroshi green

Here are two dishes which I recently served with grated daikon radish. One with mackerel from Blue Moon and the other with chicken liver cooked with BBC Sauce (from Hiroko’s American Kitchen). Regular daikon radish is white, but this one has beautiful green colored-inside flesh. This daikon is sold as “green meat radish” at Tamarack Hollow Farm at Union Square Greenmarket.

Buying good daikon radish at Greenmarket was a challenge for me in the past years...

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So Many Gift Items…Which One Deserve the Most to My….

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cooking-classes-hirokoann scalingBest gift of the season. Hiroko will repeat her popular Essentials of Japanese Cuisine Course at International Culinary Center (Former French Culinary Institute) in New York City next March. The course starts from March 17th, Monday througth March 21, Friday.

It is a Five (5) Day Intensive Course. In the past I had varieties of students. Seasoned home cooks, beginner of Japanese cuisine, restaurant chefs, catering chefs, private chefs,…...

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Heritageradionetwork Leiti Hsu and Chinese Cabbage

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I had a fun and privilege to visit to Norwich Farm at Union Square with a Heritageradionetwork’s personality Leiti Hsu to talk about Chinese cabbage, which we call it “hakusai” in Japan.

Not many people in the market are attracted by Chinese cabbage as I observe. A big simple-looking head of cabbage makes people to think twice – 1. What to do with it. 2. How to make a space in my refrigerator for that big head. Chinese cabbage’s healthfulness is also forgotten because of kale...

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