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お:おいしい おでん!(and おせち)

12 Jan

When the temperatures drop and snow starts falling, my tummy begins craving a Japanese dish called Oden. I had no idea how to make it on my own, so the  last time I visited Tensuke (a Japanese grocery store), I bought a frozen all-in-one pack. All I had to do was throw everything in the pack into some boiling water for a few hours- and it was delicious! Luckily for me, my Caucasian husband doesn’t like Oden so I got to eat it all 🙂 My husband asked me, “So… what’s all that stuff inside?” Ummm… good question. “I think they’re some kind of fish” was my reply. He mocked me saying, “I wouldn’t eat something unless I knew for sure what it was.”

Good point. So off to the internet I went. I found the best answer at is also the author of I feel like I don’t even need to write anything here, because Makiko has done such a good job explaining what it is, and how to make Oden, complete with beautiful photos. SO… just click here to read her Oden article!

And while you’re at it, check out Makiko’s newest article about Osechi Ryouri (they look SO yummy). Osechi is a dish that is made for New Year’s in Japan. I have been learning about it recently from my friends. You can teach your children about Osechi, then have fun coloring and assembling your own Osechi Ryouri here!

If you want to actually WATCH the process of making oden, I found a video at ifood.TV by cookingwithdog. Here it is:

Cooking With Dog” also has many other How-To vidoes for Japanese recipes such as Christmas Cake, Ebi Fry, Dorayaki, and lots more!

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