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Cold Press
夫が作ったよ。

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99.9% of the things you see on this blog are made by me.

But this is one of a few things that are made by my husband in our household.

And I love it!

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Homemade Cold Press Coffee!

I don’t know exactly how he makes it, but I know the process involves a few steps.

Terry has become some kind of cold press master because the coffee he makes this way is absolutely delicious!

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Since I do most of the cooking in the kitchen in our household, anything that is made by other people tastes good (you know what I’m talking about, all the cooks out there, right?), but this cold press is really tasty not just because it was made by someone else.

It makes me happy whenever he makes a new batch.

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And this beautiful necklace with coffee-colored stone was also made by my hubby.

I think wearing this for this photo shoot was very appropriate.

Green Cream Soup
きれいな緑色クリームスープ

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I don’t know how people do it.

But I’m always amazed by those food bloggers who have a perfect post to celebrate various holidays.

I wanted to post something green for St. Patrick’s Day, but as you can see, the day came and went without any green food on my blog…

Well, I have a full time job and I have a busy life, but I know as much as you know, it’s an excuse.

And it seems like a lot of fun to celebrate various holidays with food, especially food holidays like National Pie Day or National Cookie Day!

 

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So I got curious, and I decided to see what food holidays exist.

And I was AMAZED!!

According to Foodimentary, there are SO MANY national food holidays.

Almost every single day is assigned for some kind of national food day.

Of course I missed the March 1 National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, March 10 National Ranch Dressing Day, and March 11 National “Eat Your Noodles” Day (I can’t believe I missed this one!).

Anyway, I’m several days late, but this beautiful green soup was supposed to be my “green” food to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The timing was not great, but the soup was super tasty!

Green Cream Soup

canola oil
3~4 cloves garlic, cut in half
1/3 cup scallion, chopped
1~2 cups lima beans (I used frozen baby lima beans)
water
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup cooked white rice
soy milk
sugar
salt and pepper

1. Sautee garlic and scallion in canola oil.
2. Add lima beans and continue to cook.
3. Add water to barely cover the beans. Add a bay leaf. Boil and then turn down to low heat. Continue to cook until all the vegetables are cooked through.
4. Add cooked rice. Puree everything using a hand blender until very smooth.
5. Add soy milk until the soup achieves your preferred thickness.
6. Add sugar, salt, and pepper. Serve with freshly ground black pepper.

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Can you see how creamy the soup is?!

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I love soup like this because it really warms me up from the very core of my body.

And this cup is perfect to hold in my hands.

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This is another beautiful hand-made piece from Japan.

Sweet Potato Baby Bella Pot Stickers
オレンジポテトときのこの餃子

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I was in a mood for pot stickers, but I wanted my filling to be other than meat.

Then I realized that I had some roasted sweet potatoes in the fridge and I decided to use them.

This is not the first time I made no-meat pot stickers.

If you are interested in other versions, check out an Edamame version, a Tofu version, or a Lentil and Kale version.

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Like I said before, making pot stickers is a zen moment for me.

I can really focus on this one task and think about nothing else.

 

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Everyone has their own way to fold wrappers, but for me five creases seem just right.

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And I love the feel of achievement when they are all made.

Ta da(lol)!

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I use my trusted Zojirushi griddle for cooking my pot stickers.

It’s good quality, the depth of the pan is perfect for holding water, and the lid covers the entire pan very well for steaming.

This griddle is like perfectly made for cooking pot stickers (and so many other things)!

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I like them when the beautiful orange color of the sweet potatoes comes through the wrappers when cooked.

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So delicious!

I always thought pot stickers might be the only thing where I could not give up meat, but I think I’m changing my mind…

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Sweet Potato Baby Bella Pot Stickers

filling
– canola oil
– 1 cup chopped Baby Bella mushroom
– 3 cloves garlic, chopped
– canola oil
– salt and pepper
– 1/4 cup chopped scallion
pot sticker wrappers
sauce
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon white vinegar
– a splash of sesame oil

1. Make filling. Sautee Baby Bella and garlic in oil. Salt and pepper.
2. Add chopped scallion.
3. Place about 1 teaspoon of filling on wrappers and fold them.
4. Preheat the griddle at 350F. Lightly coat the griddle with canola oil.
5. Place the pot stickers on the griddle. Cook for a few minutes until the bottom is browned. Add about a cup of hot water. Cover with a lid. Continue to cook for a few more minutes. Take the lid off. Continue to cook until there is no water.
6. Serve with sauce.

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