Tofu Wakame Miso Soup and Dashi, Too

Tofu Wakame Miso Soup and Dashi, TooTofu Wakame Miso Soup and Dashi — A Primer

Dashi, Japan’s traditional savory soup and cooking stock, requires minimal effort and 45 minutes or less to prepare. Yet it gives culinary staples such as miso soup a nuanced depth of flavor and an authentic taste. After learning the process for making Tofu Wakame Miso Soup during my recent Flavors of Japan Cooking Class, one student commented, Continue reading

Green Smoothies for Breakfast – Week One

Green Smoothies for Breakfast – Week OneGreen Smoothies – Going for Greens

It’s been green smoothies for breakfast for us for a week now. We were inspired by the passion of our dear friends Olivia and Christopher. They’ve been drinking green smoothies daily for about two months and loving how great they feel. We left their home excited to give green smoothies a try. Continue reading

Pi Day is My Day, Too!

Pi Day is My Day, Too!Pi Day – A National Holiday?

On March 12, 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as the first National Pi Day.

“Pi appears to be woven into the very fabric of the Universe, popping up every time you look deeper into mathematics and physics.”    Phil Plait Continue reading

Healthy Cooking Classes – Picture Gallery & Spring Menus

Healthy Cooking Classes – Picture Gallery & Upcoming ClassesHealthy Cooking Classes – March and April 2015

“Taking cooking classes is great…. One of the advantages of learning from a human being is that you pick up very subtle things when you’re cooking side by side…That’s hard to learn from a book. One session with a person is worth reading 10 recipe books.” Michael Pollan

March and April’s healthy cooking classes celebrate spring’s bounty. Continue reading

Chirashizushi – Scattered Sushi

Chirashizushi  –  Scattered SushiChirashizushi – Version 2, February 2015

Over the past month my Chirashi Sushi recipe, published almost three years ago, received lots of attention. However, I reviewed and revised that recipe for last Saturday’s Japanese cooking class. And I now want to share the updated version with you as well. Including the change of name. It’s more accurately called Chirashizushi. Continue reading

Nashi Pearls & Mandarins (Asian Pears & Tangerines)

Nashi Pearls & Mandarins (Asian Pears & Tangerines)Nashi Pearls – Luscious, Light & Lovely

What a challenge I gave myself. Coming up with a dessert for this Saturday’s Flavors of Japan cooking class wasn’t easy. Classic Japanese meals usually end on a savory rather than sweet note. Although sweets are loved in Japan, they’re more likely to be served with tea in the afternoon. Continue reading

Sunomono – Japanese Cucumber and Wakame Salad

Sunomono – Japanese Cucumber and Wakame SaladSunomono – Quick & Easy, Light & Refreshing

You’ve probably enjoyed Sunomono any number of times at Japanese restaurants. So refreshing and satisfyingly crisp it had to be on the menu in my upcoming Flavors of Japan Cooking Class. So I’ve had a tasty week researching, perfecting and eating ever more balanced versions of sunomono. Continue reading