Tomato Risotto

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I love tomato sauce, so do you, right?

I usually cook pasta by using tomato sauce, but this time I cooked tomato risotto.


No I was really going to make risotto, I didn’t change the dinner plan of cooking penne arrabbiata after I was surprised I had just ¼ box of pasta left on my pantry and my dinner buddy was coming back in 30 min.


Anyway, my tomato risotto came out just right. A rich flavor of a little sour but sweet tomato with bunch of veggies will make your meal time special 🙂


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Sweet Corn Soup

Corn soup.


This is one of my most popular guy in my soup recipe.


Although miso soup is the one which appears on my meal the most since I was a child, corn soup is the second most popular soup because I could get it from vending machine and me as kid used to beg my mom to buy me every time we passed in front of vending machine during winter.


The taste was always good, but if I’m allowed to complain, the chunk of corn always stuck the bottom of a can. Since I got it from vending machine, there were no fancy spoon given to let me dig the can through tiny hole.


If I tried to get every tiny corn that stuck on the can, I think there must be more than dozen of can of corn, and I always dream about have them again.


So anyway, today’s recipe is corn soup, as you can reckon.


The creamy sweet taste with chunk of corn will comfort your stomach, and it will never let you frustrated for digging up soup pot to get stuck corn. (Please have your own spoon, by the way:)


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Zesty Pico De Gallo

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When I cook some mexican food, I always have pico de gallo on side.

I’m not so big fan of raw, fresh but a little sour tomato, but to make my mexican food perfect, this is the one I can’t miss.


There are so many kinds of salsa sauce like pico de gallo, soupy version of tomato salsa, spicy version of tomato salsa, and green one, salsa verde!

(Well, I know they all must have specific name but I only know few…what a shame!)


Anyways, Mexican food and I don’t have such long history. There were no opportunity for me to taste it because of lack of mexican food ingredients in my country. When I tried for the first time, It was good but it made my stomach too full(not mention the amount I consume), it had been ended up I seldom chose mexican food as my meal.


But. Things has been changed. I found several good mexican restaurant in my neighbor, and I fell in love for its awesome taste, cheesy and refreshing corn tortilla or flour tortilla, and a little splash of lime juiced salsa combination always remind me why I fell in love with the food.


So today, I’d like to share with you all how I make my favorite pico de gallo. The harmony of chunky fresh sweet and sour tomato with zesty lime juice and herbal aroma of cilantro let you fall in love with Mexican food today.

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Zesty Soybean and Dill Salad

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Do you buy dried bean or canned bean?


Well, Tanooki usually buy canned beans, but sometimes the other version of me whispers,


“Hey, are you kidding? Buying dried beans can save several % of cost. You can just boil them and you have more beans on your hand!! More beans, pay less. Now, return the canned bean on the shelf and go to the dried bean aisle!”


After huge debate on my mind, I have dried soy bean on my hand.


3 lbs.


So so so big bag of soybean while I never cooked soybean as bean shape.


Now, I need to find some recipe to cook this guy and tried making salad.

Using dill was also my first time and ended up making awesome salad.

A little crunchy soybean with zesty dressing with a hint of dill was great side dish for any cuisine, so you should try one too!   
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Dango with Sweet Red Bean Paste

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The fall is finally come.

Tanooki already started to use heater in house. When I was in LA, I’d used a fan during fall because it was still hot enough, so I can’t believe myself using a heater in Sep (and October)!!


I went to grocery shopping to some Chinese market the other day, and they had a variety of mooncake in fancy boxes.  Sure, the Moon Festival is already a past event (this year’s moon festival was Oct 4th. As you can guess, the event was already passed before I knew.)


People who lived in old days worshipped the moon for its beauty, so they offered dango, rice cake dumplings, by window and ate them with looking at the great scenery of the moon.   


From my room, it is a little difficult to see the moon, but I’d like to join the festival in this year.

Well, I know it’s already past event and it’s almost impossible to see the moon, but I want to join. Not just I want to eat dango.


Anyway, today I’d like to share the recipe for dango with red bean paste.  



If you are wearing braces on your teeth or have some filling on your teeth, please consult your dentist if you can eat sticky and chewy dumplings before you try the recipe. I used to wear braces and this kind of food was strictly prohibited since it’s easy to ruin them…

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