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Ozoni – Good Food for Good Luck – Ancient Shinto Magic in Modern Japanese Life

January 11, 2016 @ 8:12 am
by e.neil
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The ex-pat life delivers “glicken” by the truckload. Local holidays back that truckload up and dump it right at your door. In Japan, that means not only eating the sacred New Years dishes of “o-zoni” and “o-sechi,” but opening up the inside scoop on these foods that take you back to ancient sympathetic magic based in Shinto. First, let's take a step back. New Years in Japan holds the same importance as family oriented holidays like Christmas for many people in the West. Family members relocated far away for work return home. Typically New Years is a three day holiday [...]

Holiday Leftovers – A Bit Of Creativity Eliminates The Hum-Drum And Heaps On The Hooray

December 28, 2015 @ 6:54 am
by e.neil
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As we enjoy our holiday season a looming future of leftovers hangs over our heads.  Here are a few tips for sprucing up those holiday leftovers and giving them new life… other than the good ol' turkey sandwich.  Here's a reprint of a great article from our friends at fastandeasy-recipes.com. A special thanks goes out to FreeDigitalPhotos.net and photographer Piyato over there. See Piyato's portfolio at http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2736 .......... Beyond The Typical Sandwich - Holiday Leftovers Deserve More Creative Direction We are all familiar with the classic turkey or ham sandwich. You know, there was way too much turkey or ham [...]

Take A Mystical Tropical Journey Right From Your Kitchen

December 21, 2015 @ 8:21 am
by e.neil
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A hint of vanilla danced on my tongue. A tropical jungle path opened in my mind. Lush greenery clung to trees reaching high into the sky. A few steps down the path, the bitter and sweet of baked chocolate embraced the vanilla and together they tangoed lustily. I chewed. Creamed butter and sugars crunched into a crisp lightness kissed with flavors of caramel. I closed my eyes and savored the chocolate chip cookie that had just finished baking. Eleven other circles of temptation steamed on the cooling rack. But not for long… they disappeared quickly, and soon only 8 remained. [...]

The Five Flavors – Japanese Cooking Secrets

November 16, 2015 @ 9:07 am
by e.neil
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“Sa Shi Su Se So” represent the five sound incantation of perfectly balanced Japanese cuisine. Just as the Asian circle of elements balances life – wood, fire, earth, metal, water – Japanese cooking relies on five flavors for balance. The flavors come from sugar (sa - “sato”), salt (shi – “shio”), vinegar (su – “o-su”), soy sauce (se – “shyo-yu”), and fermented soybean paste (so – “miso”). It’s not as simple as saying “sweet, sour, and salty,” because several of the ingredients have multiple flavors. Take for instance the fermented soybean paste used as a base to soups and a [...]

Put The Secret of Coffee Pros To Work For You At Home – Coffee Toddy – The Weekly Batch Ready in Less Than 11 Minutes

September 1, 2015 @ 8:23 am
by e.neil
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The latch-stopper bottle chilled my hand as I pulled it out of the refrigerator. I handled it like a relic to keep it in my grip. The porcelain mug on the counter top thirsted, mouth agape, craving its morning fix. But not as much as I was. I popped open the bottle and measured out 4 centiliters once, twice, into a stainless steel shot cup. The mug almost shivered as the first shot, then the second, splashed in. A few seconds later, ice chimed against the side of the mug as it spiraled to the bottom. I diluted the concentrated [...]