Tanuki Mixed Rice

Before starting to talk about today’s recipe, I have to remind you that I’m not an narcist. The today’s food already had “tanuki” in the name and my name is Tanooki, almost the same pronunciation, but we don’t have any special relationship. Well, except the fact I love tanuki udon or this yummy mixed rice! …

Swirling Grilled Squash

Happy World Art Day🥳  🎉  Even if you are not truly an artist, how about enjoying to create something beautiful today? Simple ingredients, easy recipes, gorgeous looking, yummy food…they are what people expect for their meal. While simple ingredients and easy recipes are easier to find, to make it gorgeous looking sometimes requires us to…

Roasted Maple Pecan

Happy National Pecan Day!  Did you know, today (4/14) is the national day to enjoy pecan!  I usually enjoy pecan in a pie. The crunchy sweet nutty pie is such a guilty pleasure especially during the holiday season. But as you know, the holiday season passed a long time ago and there is no rule…

Tofu with Sesame Ginger Sauce

Growing up with the culture close to tofu, they are one of my regulars on my dining table. I usually eat them with soy sauce, scallions, bonito flakes, and either a little amount of wasabi or ginger, but sometimes I want to get away from the usual and try new things. While Tahini is originally…

Grilled Gouda Cheese Sandwich

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!  Did you know, today (4/12) is the day to celebrate the all American favorite: Grilled Cheese!  Now, I know I’m gonna cause trouble to you, but have you picked which cheese to go with your precious sandwich?  Mozzarella Cheddar (Mild, Medium, Sharp, Extra sharp) Monterey Jack Mmm, everything sounds…

Broccoli Marinated in Dashi

I’ve heard some people said Japanese people use soy sauce for everything. I don’t agree with “everything” but yes, we trust soy sauce to make our meal tasty.  In fact, a lot of Japanese traditional food is seasoned with soy sauce+sugar+cooking wine mixture and it’s the golden combination. Even controversial food from kids turns into…