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Miso-Glazed Salmon

I would have liked this recipe fine had the quality of my salmon not been subpar. Would make again with better fish.

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Schmaltzy Vinaigrette

Why yes, the word “schmaltzy” did convince me to try this Cooking Light recipe. It’s a nice dish – the vegetables remind me of something we could make for Thanksgiving.

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Okonomiyaki-Style Omurice

I absolutely love the idea behind omurice (fried rice omelet, which I’ve been making with Chinese leftovers before I even knew it was a Japanese dish). But I am not a fan of ketchup, which plays into many versions of the dish. Not this okonomiyaki-influenced one, though. We adored the flavors here. My omelet was a little messy but still rather impressive, I think.

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Quick Pickled Japanese Cucumbers

This is a very basic Tsukemono recipe involving cukes and soy. They went quickly.

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Pressure Cooker Sushi Rice

This turned out well this time! I didn’t have much luck when I tried to make this for chirashi, so was glad I got it much better (if still slightly starchy) on the second try. Lots and lots of rinsing is key.

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Beef and Eggplant with Miso

I nerdily tape (among other things on NHK) “Your Japanese Kitchen Mini,” these little five minute cooking segments on the Japanese channel. I basically want to make practically every recipe Harumi makes on it. And this was a great one – a lovely sweet/salty balance and a good way to use up in-season eggplant.

The instructions given are a little on the vague side, but I made it work. The fry step is a bit of a hassle, but the texture of the eggplants was really nice, and I’m guessing that had something to do with it. I’d totally make this again, as I have trouble thinking of things to do with eggplant that get me excited.

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Giant Turkey Meatball Parm

This recipe had me written all over it. We liked it fine but weren’t overwhelmed (I also think I oversalted it a little). It’s a cool idea, though.

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