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Doughy delights

A roasted sweet potato reminds me of Japan almost as much as a bowl of ramen, and definitely contains just as much enthusiasm. Read more

Cozy comfort food

Cooking can be done just by following directions, but having the familiarity and witnessing food chemistry in action is what elevates you to being a “cook.” Read more

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Cozy comfort food

I’m always surprised when people who are unaccustomed to life in Hawaii make comments on the seasons, especially the islands’ “lack” of them. Read more

… And that’s a wrap

We’re often chasing a crispy exterior with a chewy and soft inside, and rice paper wrappers can do this for us. Read more

An unexpected combo

Sometimes when I was traveling with my family as a child, at a hotel breakfast, I would choose grapefruit juice over apple or orange juice. Read more

Time to take a dip

My friend once went to a potluck where everyone was supposed to bring a salad. Read more

Let them eat (pan)cakes

The traditional sandwich is an indulgent French toast. It’s also almost too much to eat. Making it into a pancake makes it a more suitable size so you don’t get full on the bread. Read more

Check out this crispy snack

I share a name with Emily Mariko, whose viral recipe for a salmon rice bowl is making the internet collective lose their minds. Read more

Gourd goodness

Seasonal and scarcity are the themes that get me excited about pumpkins every year. Read more

Stick to this

One of my favorite parts of being 10 years old was that my mom would let me ride my bike up the road to the convenience store. Read more


Scallion “pancakes” are more like a flatbread. My favorite grain-free tortillas use cassava flour, making this an obvious choice for these pancakes. Read more

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