News From Japan

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 in Hiroko's Blog

I will be visiting Japan from tomorrow and through a New year. During my short visit there I will see my mother, who is celebrating 89 years in the New Year. I definitely have a visit to Aux Bon View Temps to have a crisp, buttery shattering croissant and say hello to Chef Kawada –– . I will be posting the photos and stories how we celebrate the end of the year, Oomisoka, and welcome a...

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Apple and Satsuma-imo

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

        At this time of the year every Friday I make pilgrimage to Samascott Orchard at Union Square farmers Market. The outside is cold and market looks scares. Samascott Orchard sell the best apples and satsuma-imo, Japanese sweet potato, in the market. The Samastocc Orchard was founded in 1901 in Columbia County. Grandfather of Ron and Gary Samascott began growing apples. Their son, Oliver, converted the orchard to a dairy farm in 1930s, during which...

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