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IMG: peach pasta with basil

Juucy fragrant peaches work surprisingly well in this summertime appetizer pasta.

Filed under:  fruit vegetarian summer pasta vegan appetizers
IMG: A spoonful of strawberry jam

I've left it until rather late in the season, but here is a recipe for a a very basic yet utterly delicious strawberry jam.

Filed under:  fruit preserves and pickles spring summer

Sexy Wavy Japanese Sesame Cucumbers

Wavy sesame cucumbers

This is a really quick and simple cucumber recipe. Serve it as a side dish with any Japanese or other East Asian meal, or even as a salad. See the instructions for how to achieve the twisty, wavy look, even with large cucumbers.

Chilled grilled eggplant soup for a hot summer's day

IMG: Chilled grilled eggplant soup

A refreshing chilled summertime soup using eggplants or aubergines and fresh ginger.

IMG: Cherry clafoutis with beurre noisette

A recipe for a very simple, tender cherry clafoutis with browned butter. No nuts or other additions.

Filed under:  french desserts sweet fruit summer gluten-free

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My latest article in the Japan Times is about the history of corn (maize) in Japan, and includes a recipe for chilled corn soup that's really easy to make.

Filed under:  summer writing elsewhere food history japantimes

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A mini-version of the usual stuffed peppers.

Filed under:  summer bento beef meat
IMG: Goya champuru

About bitter gourd or bitter melon, called nigauri in Japanese and goya or go-ya- in Okinawan. Plus, a recipe for the most homey of Okinawan dishes, goya chanpuru or champuru.

Filed under:  japanese tofu summer pork okinawa eggs

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(From the archives. If you're planning a big Fourth of July party, consider this very colorful, cool dessert, which I made for a party several years ago. There are a lot of steps involved, but you can cut corners with storebought meringue and sugar cookies if you prefer. Originally published in July 2006 (!))

I love outdoor parties in the summer, especially when it means a barbeque. July the 4th barbeque parties are the best, and I miss them sorely when I am not in the U.S. This year though, we are going to have a July the 4th party on Sunday (since the 4th is not a holiday here), complete with grilled hamburgers, wurst, and chicken. Someone else is going to do all that grilling, so I am making the dessert.

Filed under:  dessert fruit party food weekend project summer

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The weather has finally gotten warm around these parts after a very cold spring, and we're eating more summertime food now. This is one of our favorite salad-type dishes. The sesame dressing is very versatile, and you can use it for any manner of things, but here I've just used it with cucumber.

Tip: the longer you let it rest before serving, the saltier the cucumber will get, so if you want to serve it as a salad you'd want to combine the cucumber with the dressing just before serving. On the other hand, if you let it marinate in the refrigerator the cucumber becomes assertive enough to eat with plain rice as part of a Japanese meal.

Filed under:  japanese vegetarian summer vegan salad

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