Nabe – Japanese Style Hot Pot


Nabe is not so much one specific recipe as it is a style of eating. The entire family sits around a table laden with cut veggies and meats, a burner, and a very large pot of boiling broth. Each person has rice and their own dipping sauces, and everyone selects what they would like, adds it to the pot, and starts eating. It’s a very interactive meal; great for cold winter nights or dinner parties.

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Ttukbaegi Gyeranjjim – Korean Steamed Egg

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This is another one of those super easy, super delicious recipes that are always a favorite in my arsenal. Eggs are actually a very difficult food to cook well. For one, they are pretty delicate, easily burned or overcooked in a matter of seconds if you aren’t paying attention. Next, the natural flavors are subtle, making them difficult to showcase and even more difficult to not overpower. Fear not, as this dish removes all of the difficulties with cooking eggs, leaving them bright, fluffy, and perfectly seasoned.

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Strawberry Sponge Cake


Strawberry Cake in Japan has so thoroughly pervaded the dessert scene that it tends to be the go-to cake for any occasion. Christmas Cake? Check. Birthday Cake? Check. Cake with Tea Time? Definitely. I’ve never been to a cake store or bakery in Japan that didn’t have Strawberry Cake.

Unfortunately, Japanese-style Strawberry Cake cannot be easily found state-side; and when I returned from Japan, I experienced some serious cake-withdrawals. So what is a girl to do? Scour the internet for the perfect recipe! Enter: Cooking with Dog Christmas Cake with the perfect Strawberry Cake recipe to meet my cravings and general cake needs…

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Chinese-style Stewed Beef (for noodle dishes)


The last time my fiance and I visited Hawaii, we went to Chinatown in Honolulu to enjoy a delicious bowl of beef noodle soup. It was perfect; well-seasoned broth and fresh chewy noodles topped with heavenly slices of beef in one, umami-packed $5 bowl. This was my third favorite meal the whole trip, which was a difficult feat to manage considering the amount of amazing food we hunted down. For those of you who are wondering, Sushi Gaku and Okata Bento came in first and second.

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Dear Readers!

I realize I’m several days late on this week’s post, but I will get something up before Sunday. Also, expect a post on Monday/Tuesday as well; I’m not skipping the week, just a bit delayed. Finally, I was rereading my last szechuan green beans post and realized the cooking time wasn’t quite right. I’ve adjusted it and added a new-and-improved picture to the header.

Next post is Niku Jaga, a Japanese style meat and potato stew, Nommmm.

Thanks for your patience!

Pasta Alfredo


As promised, here is my Pasta Alfredo recipe. I love this dish because I can actually eat it, despite my weird dairy “allergies”. I make the sauce with 4 tbsp butter per 1 lb of pasta and fat free milk. It’s still just as creamy as Alfredo with real cream in it, but a little bit less fatty and 100% cheese-less. I hope you enjoy eating it as much as I do!

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😦 Monday kinda snuck up on me, and I was hoping to get something out today. However, it’s not going to happen this week; too busy at work. The next post is going to be a new pasta sauce, a super simple cream sauce made from a bechamel that goes great with peas! I look forward to writing and posting it. Sorry we missed another week!