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ReCPY: Homemade Hayashi Rice

The Japanese have many dishes that originated somewhere in the world, but recreated it in such a way that fits to their taste. Curry, from India, is a good example. Japanese curry isn't the same curry as the kind from India. It's a lot...

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ReCPY: Pasta de Ramen

Ramen, as some of my fellow writers have observed, is totally taking over North America. People are obsessively eating, finding new shops, and eating more. New chains from Japan are opening like once a month here in New York City. Funny thing about ramen is...

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ReCPY: New House Party Food

I haven't hosted any house parties for a while, but on a recent weekend, I ended up hosting three parties in a row. Thursday night was a last-minute potluck baby shower, and of course I made a beautiful diaper cake for the mother-to-be. Friday night,...

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ReCPY: DIY Gummy Snacks

Japanese snacks are wacky. From matcha-flavored Kit Kats, to dried squid covered in chocolate, to using beans for desserts, the country is filled with surprises in the sweet tooth department. I've seen a DIY sushi-making video, and it was very intriguing. I think the idea...

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ReCPY: Sweet Corn Sherbet

Corn season has arrived. Every Greenmarket vendor is selling them for 50 cents an ear. [Speaking of, why do we count corn in such a way? Don't you think it's a bit odd to think of ears growing on trees? Imagine that.] Anyhow, I like...

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Battle ReCPY: The NYC Umeboshi Project

After seeing the Ume Project on the west coast, I was intrigued. I like umeboshi (pickled plums) and every time I go home to Japan, I bring back my mother's homemade ones. After all, I am from Wakayama, where Japan's best umeboshi is made....

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ReCPY: Mandarin Orange Jello

On a hot day in summer, when you don't feel like cooking or baking, yet feel the need to create something yummy isn't an easy task. That's when I rely on agar agar to make cold dessert. I've made mizu yokan before...

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ReCPY: Lux Summer Japanese BBQ

Photos by Derek Dercep. I am currently writing this post from Lake Muskoka in Canada. My friend OWNS a freaking island here. Apparently, this lake is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for summer vacation destinations. Screw the Hamptons, this island is...

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ReCPY: Barbie Pride Cake for a Historic Day

Can you believe it?!?!? Governor Cuomo and a bunch of super wealthy Republican bankers really said YES to gay marriage in the state of New York. When it was announced that, "Same sex marriage bill has passed", I was overcome with amazement, joy, "it's about...

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ReCPY: Fishcake Frenzy (Kamaboko + Chikuwa)

Fishcakes, such as the Homo Sausage, chikuwa and kamaboko, are some of my favorite foods. It usually weirds people out in the States because of its "processed" figure; but I really enjoy its chewy, rubbery texture, and its flavor of the sea. I've always...

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ReCPY: MOnut

After seeing so many people starting a second career by opening gluten-free bakeries around the U.S., I thought, "Martha, you totally missed your chance to capitalize on my MO-dessert line!" Unfortunately, whenever I read recipes for gluten-free items online, it's always so complicated....

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ReCPY: Barbie Doll Cake

I am sure you have been wondering for a week what the hell I was going to do with Barbie doll.  I must say, this journey was one of the most hilarious baking experiences I've ever gone through. I made a birthday cake for a...

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ReCPY: Let Them Eat Yamahomo Cake

As you know, I love to bake, and I am especially fond of cakes. I do it all--classic cakes, crazy cakes, Japanese cakes, chocolate cakes, wedding cakes (trauma). I love to come up with crazy combinations, that I try to...

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ReCPY: Azul Restaurant (MIA)

I went to Miami for my birthday this year. I didn't do much besides reading, lounging by the pool, drinking piña coladas, and eating. It was 90˚F every day, sunny, dry, and my allergies disappeared while I was there. For...

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ReCPY: Macaron, Not Macaroon

Dear Microsoft Office (and all you other people who can't differentiate between a macaron from a macaroon), Macaron is not a macaroon. Every time I write "macaron", you always highlight it, suggesting I misspelled the word and replace it with "macaroon" instead. How atrocious. I...

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ReCPY: Sous-Vide Pork at Home

I am hosting a rather important dinner party with lots of opinionated eaters this weekend, so I've been practicing and experimenting with what I may serve. In the last year or so, whenever you go to an upscale restaurant, you always encounter sous-vide this and...