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Nori Maki

My grandmother taught me how to make nori maki and I have been her assistant a few times. However, today was my first day making it alone. Nori maki is made up of a sheet of roasted seaweed that is then filled with rice and desired vegetables or fish. My grandmother fills her nori maki with either Japanese gourd (Hime Makizushi No Moto) or cucumber.  The Japanese gourd is hard to come by in some areas. You can purchase it on Amazon but it is very expensive. Some Japanese and Asian markets carry it in stores for a much more reasonable price. If you need an actual demonstration of how to roll your nori maki check out this video, How To Make Nori Maki by Famous Cuisines Channel. If you use too much rice, the 1/2 inch of seaweed you leave free will not be able to stick to the outer seaweed and hold the roll together. I overfilled a few times. I used a knife to run along the edge of the seam to clear off the …

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I was in the mood to bake. I went to Pinterest to search for cookie recipes. This recipe, care of High Heels and Grills, made the chewiest cookies. They are not too sweet and I definitely plan to use the dough recipe with other kinds of flavoring and toppings in the future. I used about 14 tablespoons of Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread instead of salted butter and baked the cookies a little longer than suggested in the original recipe. I think the secret to baking cookies is always taking them out of the oven when they appear golden but still a little mushy in the center and then allowing them to sit on the pan till they deflate and cool a bit. In my experience, this always results in a chewier, softer cookie. This recipe yielded 40 cookies, which according to my calculations, are about 100 calories per cookie. This was not a difficult recipe to follow and the cookies are delicious. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup butter, softened (I used 12 tbsp …

Japanese Kitchen Essentials

I am not an expert in Japanese or Asian culinary traditions or recipes. However, there are a few pantry staples and utensils that will make preparing and shopping for a special Asian dish easier. Here are a few things you may already have or want to add to your pantry. Some things can be found at your local Asian market or grocery store. However, some things you may only be able to buy online. Product Shopping List Sake Tofu Awase Miso Paste Soy Sauce Curry Powder Mirin Furikake Rice Seasoning Nori Hot Chili Oil Ginger Powder Fueru Wakame Japanese Sticky Rice Rice Vinegar Panko Bread Crumbs In addition to sauces, I use sake to make miso salmon marinade. Tofu is used in miso soup and can be fried or grilled served with rice or noodles. I use awase miso paste for miso soup, marinades, and as a topping for onigiri (rice balls). You can also coat your onigiri with miso paste and fry in a pan. Furikake rice seasoning is a great topping for rice …