TIP OF THE DAY: Asian-Style Pasta (It’s Called Noodles)

Pasta originated in China. Scholars credit the Chinese with making noodles from rice flour as early as 1700 B.C.E., the 17th century before the common era (or before Christ, if you still use the old system). The pasta-centric Italians believe pasta dates back to the ancient Etruscans, who inhabited the Etruria region of Italy (the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Tempura For National Tempura Day

[1] Shrimp tempura from CBCrabcakes.com. [2] People who resist eating veggies may be instantly converted to vegetable tempura (here’s the recipe). [3] Kabocha squash tempura (here’s the recipe from Refugee Kitchen). [4] We adore squid tempura: the Japanese version of fried calamari (here’s the recipe from Woolworth’s Taste).   If you like tempura, there’s no…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try Some Cold Saké

Saké Cider: a saké cocktail for harvest season. Photo courtesy Haru.   Today is National Saké Day, or “Nihonshu no Hi,” as it’s known in Japan. In Japan, October 1st is the traditional beginning of the new saké season. Brewmasters across the nation begin the process of producing their saké. Today, forget the hot saké…
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PRODUCT: Crazy Cuizine Frozen Asian Entrées

Two of the seven Crazy Cuizine varieties. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE. We live in a city where delivered food of every type is a way of life. Chinese food, sushi or Korean BBQ can arrive at our door in 30 minutes or less. But in half that time, we can remove the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tetsubin, The Iron Japanese Tea Pot

If you go to certain Japanese or Asian-fusion restaurants in the U.S.—or travel to Japan—you may have come across tetsubins. These small, charming cast-iron Japanese teapots are sometimes used to serve tea at restaurants in America—sometimes with matching cups. They can be purchased at some specialty tea shops and online. But if you’re thinking of…
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