My Father-in-Law’s Fruit Trees

The fruit trees in the backyard of my father-in-law's house are cheerful reminders that we are in southern California. In late December, when my wife and I go there to celebrate the holiday season, the citrus and persimmon trees are already full of fruit, ready to be picked. My father-in-law used to dry lots of... Continue Reading →

Osechi Ryori (New Year’s food)

Today is New Year's Day. Like every year, the family can relax and enjoy each other's company, watch some BCS bowl games and—let's get down to it—eat the food that we've labored all day yesterday to prepare. Somehow, in a small kitchen, everything gets made, the only things done elsewhere being teriyaki chicken wings and chashu (char... Continue Reading →

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