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Happy Hot Pot Holidays


Alright, it's time for a confession.  I have lived in Japan for almost five years and yet I still feel comforted and relaxed when I go have a cup of coffee at Starbucks or eat lunch at McDonald's.  The average American diet in general is so unhealthy compared to Japanese home-cooking (and I am not even talking about all the famous Japanese food you'll find in restaurants), so it's really a shame that I haven't tried to do more Japanese cooking in my own home.


Apparently, or at least so I've been told, a lot of Japanese home-cooked meals are not very difficult to make.  One of the easiest things to make is a "nabe" or "hot-pot" style dish.  The proportions can be kinda big for just one person, but these dishes are fantastic for group parties, and are especially popular around the holiday season.


There are lots of books and recipes out there for those who are interested.  I just bought a cookbook dedicated entirely to hot pot recipes, but of course I can't recommend it officially until I try it out for myself!  However, if you're looking for Japanese recipes, the internet is a great place to start.  There are several websites like cookpad that will help not only with your Japanese cooking, but with your Japanese as well!  When all else fails, invite a friend to come teach you how to cook and have a fun get together over the New Year holidays.

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