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Grown-up Root Vegetable Latkes

November 30, 2015 Melinda Boyd

When Hanukkah comes around, I make latkes — potato pancakes fried in oil. They're a major symbol for this Jewish winter holiday. Usually when I make latkes, I reach for a boxed mix ­— not

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Get Ready for National Kiwifruit Day

December 18, 2014 Melinda Boyd

The kiwi is a delicious fruit that has grown in popularity in the U.S. in recent years. Can you believe this wonderful fruit gets its own national day of recognition? I was surprised, too, but

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Japanese Apple Curry

October 23, 2014 Melinda Boyd

Apples are serious business in the Japanese prefecture where I live. Most of the apples here are grown in Aomori prefecture, at the very top of the large island of Honshu. This means apples have become

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Eggs for Lunch, Japanese-style

September 2, 2014 Melinda Boyd

One of the first things I learned when I moved to Japan is that parents take packing their kids' lunches seriously. Very seriously! In fact, so seriously that there are aisles and aisles of stores

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Tamagoyaki: the Japanese Omelet

July 25, 2014 Melinda Boyd

Although May was National Egg Month in the U.S., in Japan eggs have a surprising appearance at all meals, making them well-celebrated year-round. Let me tell you one of my favorite parts about eggs in

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Seaweed: A Common Japanese Ingredient

April 25, 2014 Melinda Boyd

Before moving to Japan my thoughts on eating seaweed were “gross,” “yuck” and “why.”  Being a dietitian, I actually knew the answer to “why,” but my question was more like, “Why would they put that

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Traditional Japanese Ramen

January 20, 2014 Melinda Boyd

When you hear the word “ramen,” you probably cringe. I don’t blame you! It conjures up thoughts of one of the unhealthiest foods out there. Fried noodles loaded with sodium, no vegetables in sight, and

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Japanese Inspired “Hummus”

October 30, 2013 Melinda Boyd

Japanese cuisine spans from high-end kaiseki all the way to back-alley ramen shops, but the one thing missing is a good dip. With chopsticks as the No. 1 way to eat your food, it’s easy

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Japan: A Mushroom Lover’s Heaven

August 13, 2013 Melinda Boyd

Where is this located? Japan, of course! First, a little backstory: I love mushrooms, but my husband is not the biggest fan. In a moment of pure fate, he gave me a cookbook on Japanese

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Meet the Daikon

March 26, 2013 Melinda Boyd

The first time I went to a market in Japan, the many unusual sights amazed me. Although I had been to Asian markets in the U.S. before, and even spent three weeks in China learning

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Happy “Shogatsu” for Japanese New Year

December 21, 2012 Melinda Boyd

In Japan the major religions are Buddhism and Shinto. This means that while stores may be decorated for Christmas, and holiday gifts and baked goods are readily available, Christmas isn’t the main attraction this time