Easy Japanese Recipes

Nami

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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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Today is the day before Christmas Eve and my children are so excited that Santa is coming soon.  We arrived home from Taiwan yesterday evening and we’re trying to recover from jet lag.  Without having time to take a breather, my mom is arriving this morning from Japan to spend Christmas and New Years with us!

I’m thinking of baking these delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with my mom and the kids today along with some other cookie recipes that I’ve found from other blogs.  I know we’re a little behind in cookie making this year but the children are reminding me that we need to bake cookies before Santa comes.

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Pearl Balls – Guest Post By Weeknite Meals

Pearl Balls Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Tomorrow we’re going back to San Francisco after spending 10 days in my husband’s home in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Grandparents were very happy to see their grandchildren and they were spoiled especially by grandma.  Our children enjoyed experiencing different cultural aspects – language, food, busy city lifestyle, traffic, noise, weather… even though we go back to Japan and Taiwan every year, it still surprises me how easily children can adapt to the new environment.

As both of our parents don’t live in the US, it’ was a nice break for me and my husband as well.  We went to see a movie (MI4), had a nice long massage twice (I love Chinese massage – painful but works for my tired body!), and had a relaxing time at hair salon.  I’ve also shared some pictures on my Facebook fan page if you are interested in checking some of the food I enjoyed in Taiwan.

Before moving forward, I want to thank all my blog sitters for their amazing posts and also thank you my readers for your support and kind messages on their posts.  Now I have one last guest post to share.  My blog sitter today is Cindy (aka Jeno) of Weeknite Meals.

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Chocolate Cake – Guest Post By Gourmantine’s Blog

Chocolate Cake Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com While I’m visiting my in-laws in Taiwan with my family, I’ve asked my long time blogger friends to blog-sit for me like asking a good friend to house sit when you go on vacation.  They have prepared wonderful holiday recipes for Just One Cookbook readers so I hope you will enjoy reading their recipes.  My blog sitter today iGourmantine of Gourmantine’s Blog.  

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Nougat Glacé Choux with Orange Caramel Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com While I’m visiting my in-laws in Taiwan with my family, I’ve asked my long time blogger friends to blog-sit for me like asking a good friend to house sit when you go on vacation.  They have prepared wonderful holiday recipes for Just One Cookbook readers so I hope you will enjoy reading their recipes.  My blog sitter today is Jill of Mad About Macarons

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Nougat Semifreddo – Guest Post By Alterkitchen

Nougat Semifreddo Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com While I’m visiting my in-laws in Taiwan with my family, I’ve asked my long time blogger friends to blog-sit for me like asking a good friend to house sit when you go on vacation.  They have prepared wonderful holiday recipes for Just One Cookbook readers so I hope you will enjoy reading their recipes.  My blog sitter today is Giulia of Alterkitchen.

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Sour Cabbage Meat Rolls (Sarma) | Sandra's Easy Cooking

While I’m visiting my in-laws in Taiwan with my family, I’ve asked my long time blogger friends to blog-sit for me like asking a good friend to house sit when you go on vacation.  They have prepared wonderful holiday recipes for Just One Cookbook readers so I hope you will enjoy reading their recipes.  My blog sitter today is Sandra of Sandra’s Easy Cooking.
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