Easy Japanese Recipes


Mom’s Shrimp Ball

 Deep Fried Shrimp Ball | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

While my mom was visiting from Japan during Christmas and New Years, we got to cook together a couple of times.  I invited her to be my guest chef so all I needed to do is to take pictures while she’s cooking.  If you are a food blogger who takes step-by-step pictures of cooking for every recipe, like Manu of Manu’s Menu, you know how hectic and time consuming it is having to wash hands after each step in order to take pictures.  I thought this was going to be an easy post for me since I can focus on photography.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Pineapple cake was something that my husband had requested from me and was longing to eat, for a long, long time.  Maybe that statement would make me seem like I’m not the best wife.  However, he definitely knows that I’m not much of a baker…so I kind of ignored his sentiment.

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Spinach Ohitashi  Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com The majority of recipe requests that I receive from readers are vegetable dish.  Was that surprising to you?  To me it was…since I’m used to seeing my 5 and 3 year olds refusing to eat green vegetables such as spinach.  In general, traditional Japanese cuisine is known for being healthy and low in fat.  Typical Japanese meal consists of steamed rice, miso soup (every day different ingredients), main dish, and side dishes.  These side dishes are usually served individually in kobachi (literally meaning “small bowl”), just like this dish in above picture.

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Tomato Bacon Pasta

Tomato Bacon Pasta  Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com The lack of exercise along with late night blogging and snacking at weird hours this past year added some pounds on me.  Therefore my only new year resolution for 2012 is to live and eat healthy by sleeping earlier, doing exercise regularly, and controlling the portion of food I eat.  I think we eat pretty healthy since I cook almost every meals and the majority of meals are low fat Japanese dishes.  However, I do have some weakness.  I love rice, pasta, bread…all kinds of carbs.  It’s so hard to stop eating them once I have one bite.

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Oden おでん

Oden  Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com This week has been really cold in the San Francisco Bay Area and I was thinking what would be the best recipe that represents winter food in Japan.  Although there are regional favorites in each area of Japan, I grew up in Tokyo area and what I came up with is Oden.

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Thomas Keller’s Clam Chowder

Thomas Keller’s Clam Chowder  Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com San Francisco Bay Area has been sunny and warm around 60F and I kind of forgot that some of readers are experiencing cold winter.  Before spring comes along, I want to share some winter recipes that I enjoy.  One of our favorite western soup is clam chowder.  There is something magical about warm delicious clam chowder served in a bread bowl.  It’s a hit or miss at most restaurants when we order it but more often than not, every restaurant proclaims that their clam chowder is the “award winning”.

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Asian Pork Chop (Ginger Soy Sauce)

Asian Pork Chop   Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Some of the feedback and requests I received from the readers are for more quick and easy recipes.  The other day I made this pork chop after my children’s afternoon swim lesson, the most busy day of the week for me.  Because of my mom’s visit, I haven’t had the chance to do my regular grocery runs so my fridge was pretty empty.  I quickly ran to get some pork chops, spinach, and other ingredients from the market on the way home and I made this dish in less than one hour including marinade time.

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Kinpira Gobo Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Thank you everyone for the kind comments and wonderful suggestions on my 1st Blogiversary Giveaway post and I wish you all good luck.  In case you have missed the post, you can still enter to win the giveaway ($50/$25/$25 gift card) until the 15th.  Please read the details on the giveaway post.

Also, some of you might have realized that this post is published on Thursday.  This year I decided to publish two posts a week on Mondays and Thursdays.  As a part of my new year resolution, I am trying to be a little more healthy by going to bed early and spending my free time for exercise instead of sitting in front of computer!  I hope this will help me improve my lifestyle and become healthier.  Have you made any new year resolution?

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{Happy 1st Blogiversary} Just One Cookbook

Happy 1st Blogiversary | JustOneCookbook.com Happy New Year to all my dearest readers!

I hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration with your friends and family.  The New Years (Shogatsu) is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan, probably equivalent to Christmas or Thanksgiving in the US.  We follow unique customs including eating special food called Osechi, and decorate the house and entry way to the house with special decorations.  One of the decorations we decorate inside the house (see the picture above) is called Kagami Mochi, which literally means “mirror rice cake”.  It is considered to bring good luck and prosperity in the near year.

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