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Lazyass Cookin': Goya Champuru

I don't know what's going on in your neck of the woods, but what is going on with the weather in the Bay Area?!?!? We are experiencing really schizophrenic weather patterns -- it will go from warm to cold in an instant. Take today, Tuesday...

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Japanify: Chicken Hambagu

The Japanese dish hambagu derives from the Hamburg steak. Hamburg steak is the patty of a hamburger. Hamburg Steak were usually served with a side of potatoes in Germany. The Americans put the Hamburg steak in bread -- hence the hamburger. The Japanese appropriated the...

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Japanify: Mizuna Crunch Salad

Spring is here and my local market is starting show signs of different colors of the rainbow after a winter abundance of orange and brown fruits and vegetables. I've been most excited about the appearance of more greens -- broccoli, asparagus, green onions, etc....

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Japanify: Hiyayakko with Myoga

My sister has a giant myoga plant that is thriving in a shady spot by her chicken coup coop. Powerful myoga buds started busting through the styrofoam container walls a few weeks ago. The plant was inherited from someone who could...

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Japanify: Tofu To-Go

Protein is a great thing to carry around. It stays together and packs an energy-filled punch, in comparison to a salad or veggie stir-fry --which can either take up lots of space or taste very bad because of a temperature change. Hunks of hamburg or...

Umamimart Writers' Dinner: Robata Jinya (LA)

On a particularly temperate Los Angeles evening, three Umamimart writers (one a founding member), and an Umamimart photographer, joined three Umamimart supporters and friends for a lovely dinner at Robata Jinya in West Hollywood, CA. Of the diners, two were strict vegetarians, one a...

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Japanify: Shira-ae (Sesame Tofu Dressing)

Kayoko let me borrow Japanese homecooking maven Elizabeth Andoh's new book "Kansha: Celebrating Japanese Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions" and for that, I am brimming with kansha (thanks). I had always wanted to try my hand at making shira-ae (sesame tofu dressing) after playing the...

Fridgin Out

Fridgin' Out: Tofu Family

I just nosed around the Akabori fridge (yes, I am still cohabiting with my parents, ok??!?!?), where I found three kinds of tofu. WTF?Left: San Jose Tofu, a local favorite- a little shop in downtown SJ where they've been...

Ryotofu

*If you don't know what Kyotofu is, you won't understand the title...I haven't cooked a while since I was away. Now my culinary endeavors have to go an extra mile for something that takes long. So I went to Sunrise Mart to search for something that takes long to...