Author Archives: noriko

Soupy Curry with Hearts of Palm and Split Green Peas

Oh how I love Indian food…I think I can write a book on that if I’m asked 🙂  I grew up on Japanese curry that is made with meat and vegetables, seasoned and finished with a roux which comes in … Continue reading

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Cuatro Leche Layered Graham Cracker Cake with Strawberries

To make it clear I say from the beginning that I’m no baker.  But I love to eat those sweet desserts that melt in your mouth and make you think “this is what I worked hard for all day!”.  Although … Continue reading

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Pickled Radish Roses

It was quite a night with storm after storm after storm.  The hail was as big as golf balls at one point.  Since there were non-stop tornado warnings through the night, we slept in the back room of our basement … Continue reading

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Smokin-delish Vegetarian Chili Beans

Don’t you love having cheerfully colorful munchy food as a part of your meal? Just including some light finger-food on your plate can instantly turn a regular meal into a family party. Tonight, I made my family style nachos.  Leaving … Continue reading

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Bulgur Wheat & Orzo Salad with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Easter is approaching along with this kind yet temperamental spring weather. A girl next door knocked on our door late this afternoon.  My son had gone fishing with his daddy so I felt sorry for having to tell her that … Continue reading

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Popcorn Chicken with Gorgonzola Dip

Thank goodness it is getting easier each day to wake up in the morning because of the weather.  Every morning, out of habit, I still swear to my bed who has just lost its owner that I would come back … Continue reading

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Creamed Avocado and Lime Chilled Pasta

If you are feeling that you are running out of creamy pasta recipes, or simply want to try something new, what about this one which is made of creamed avocado.  I like fresh avocado in a big salad or guacamole … Continue reading

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Japanese Cheese-Melt Open Sandwich

My dad worked as a car mechanic for more than 50 years until he retired a few years ago. He had his own shop right next to the house, and I spent a lot of time there as a child. … Continue reading

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Shrimp, Dill and Capers Flat Cakes

The sky is blue and endlessly high, the sun is smiling, the air feels as clear as it can be.  In spite of all the blessings of early spring, it must have been one of those days that the cooking … Continue reading

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Indian Hummus with Mango Chutney on Tortilla Wedges

A fun part of making trips to a grocery store where you don’t go regularly is finding unexpected stuff.  Hummus is an example, along with some familiar flavor options like garlic, herbs, roasted bell pepper, etc…, finding uniquely flavored ones … Continue reading

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