Food & Recipes

The Goldilocks Zone of Mochi: Instructions for Perfect Mochi Consistency & Texture

After painstaking trial and error spanning 30+ batches, three years, and three separate mochitsuki’s, we’ve compiled the essential notes for the “Goldilocks” zone of mochi consistency and texture: think not too hard, not too soft… just right. 

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What is Your Summer Cocktail 2022?

What is your summer cocktail of choice for 2022 and what does it say about you?

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Our Favorite Japanese Summer Sweets!

Sweltering in the heat? Try these Japanese summer desserts the next time it's too hot to handle.

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Hungry For More

A sushi chef turned business owner, creates a community through food.

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Ozoni from Around the World

No two ozoni are alike. Join us as we explore the variety of mochi from around the world.

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Starting Your Own Family Mochitsuki

A family mochitsuki can be a great way to bring the family together for the holidays and it's easier than you think.

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Holiday Tastes and Traditions

What food do you need to have to complete your holiday season? Three millennial women share the the meals and recipes that have become new traditions in their families - two recipes included!

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What’s in an Osechi?

An entire arrangement of traditional Japanese foods, and yet most of us don't know where it came from or what the foods represent.

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Winter Themed Cocktails

Cocktails to sip next to a fire pit

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Following Family Recipes: A Saga

When certain nostalgic cravings hit, I love the idea of getting to follow family recipes. The eating portion is great, the "aw I get to connect with my family" is great, but the "here's a semi-legible recipe/grocery list, good luck" makes it much more of a challenge.

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Healing Through Food

How a loaf of bread helped me process grief after the Atlanta shootings.

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The Greatest Restaurant I Never Knew

An ode to the beautiful life and heart-rending death of Yoonjin Hwang’s beloved Spoon by H.

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Things I Ate During Quarantine

Curious about some of the things I ate during quarantine? No? Well here's an entire photo journal!

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Fake Plastic Treats: The Origins of Restaurant Displays

A quiet ode to shokuhin sampuru, also known as those beautiful plastic food displays you see in Japanese restaurants.

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Osechi Top 8

Read one author's family ranking of traditional Japanese New Year's foods - the Otera Osechi Top 8, ranked by how satisfying the prep experience is.

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(Almost) Brand New Recipes

Ready to freshen up your meal schedule with some legacy recipes? We took a dive into some of our favorite community cookbooks to source some recipes that you definitely haven't heard of.

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Power Ranking: Thanksgiving Foods

A not-at-all-definitive power ranking of Thanksgiving foods.

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Some Tricks, But More Treats

Why have pumpkin when you can have persimmon?

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For My Love of Foamy Soda, Onigiri, and Baked Goods

One baker reflects on her early food memories and how making food has proven to be a trusted form of self-love as an adult.

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Ultimate Obon Food Bracket

We've created the ultimate obon food bracket for you to download and enjoy with friends and family. We hope this bracket brings you joy and reminds you of the delicious tastes of obon.

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An Icy Treat to Beat the Summer Heat

No shaved ice machine? No problem! You can make granita.

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When You’re In a Pickle…

When in doubt, turn it into a pickle!

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7 Layer Wonder

Join me on my quest to find the origins of the rainbow Jell-O - a fixture at many community events and parties.

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Strawberry Fields Forever - Ichigo Daifuku

Strawberry season is here! Fight the early spring heat by making some ichigo daikfu as a tasty treat.

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