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Emily’s RollPosted on July 28th, 2008 · 13 Comments »

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emily-roll

Who is Emily? In kindergarten, I had a friend named Emily who had the most beautiful long hair. She was astonished that I walked to and from school every day instead of driving. After kindergarten, she moved away. This is not that Emily.

In elementary school, my mother used to baby sit my classmate Cathy’s family before and after school. She had a very young sister named Emily, who was just a baby at the time. It’s amazing to look at pictures now and see how much she’s grown up since then – sometimes people just don’t age in my mind if I don’t see them often. This is not that Emily.

In middle school, there was a girl named Emily who was in G.A.T.E. with me. She was a year older than me, and was always so nice. She started dating a guy who I used to have a little crush on who was also a year older than me. Ten years later, they are still an adorable couple. This is not that Emily.

When I went to Camp Summersault, a camp for young cancer patients and their siblings, my first counselor was Emily. I adored her. She was so much fun to be around, and she even came to see me perform in the Nutcracker and other ballets several times. This is not that Emily.

In fact, this roll is not named for any Emily I know. Rather, it is my take on a roll of the same name that is from the menu of Tex Wasabi’s, a Californian BBQ and sushi restaurant co-owned by Food Network star Guy Fieri.

Not only is the roll beautiful in presentation (it’s so colorful!), it is also delicious. It starts out rich and salty from the smoked salmon on the outside, and the tobiko that the sushi was rolled in pop in your mouth. Once you get to the center, it is smooth, creamy, and a little crunchy from the tempura. In other words, delicious, delicious, and more delicious.

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spicy-shrimp-inari

Although I have forever loved inari sushi in it’s simplest form, I always look for delicious ideas to spruce up my old favorite.

Several weeks ago, I was at Whole Foods and I needed something quick for lunch, so I stopped by the sushi section. (Yes, I eat store bought sushi. It’s not all bad.) I bought a tray of inari sushi which had shrimp and spicy mayonnaise on top. Of course I was a little skeptical, but my skepticism was unfounded. The sushi was amazing.

Then and there, I vowed to replicate the sushi for Sushi Day. This combination is far too delicious to keep to myself. It is a simple, easy recipe that almost anyone will love. (yesterday I made a double batch in less than an hour, including the cooking time for the rice.) The spiciness of the sauce can be adjusted to suit your tastes, and the shrimp can be omitted for vegetarians. This inari sushi is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

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Breakfast RollPosted on July 16th, 2008 · 8 Comments »

Maki Recipes

breakfast-roll

I can’t start my day without breakfast. I get cranky, and lightheaded, and, well, it’s not a pretty picture. For me, breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day (unlike some other people, who refuse to eat breakfast!) So, since certain people refuse to believe my diet consists of anything other than sushi, it makes sense for me to come up with a breakfast sushi.

Because… um… this is what I eat for breakfast every morning. Riiiiight. (Heck, if I had the time and energy in the morning to make this, I would eat this for breakfast every morning!)

Bacon, tamago, and green onion. All perfect in sushi. But it needed something else, something to make it truly a breakfast roll. Shoyu just didn’t do it for me, and maple syrup… way too sweet. Maybe, just maybe… yep, I know what you’re thinking, and yes. I did. A mixture of shoyu and maple syrup did this roll justice, and finished it off perfectly.

If you ever wanted sushi for breakfast? This is your roll.

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Bulgogi RollPosted on July 13th, 2008 · 8 Comments »

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bulgogi-roll

Son and I love Korean food. He is sure to get the hot tofu soup (extra spicy!), and I never fail to get the bulgogi (BBQ beef). When the waiter comes out with a burning hot plate, the beef is smoking and onions are still sizzling. You can see the sugars in the onions caramelizing, and smell the smoky-sweetness of the beef. The silky sweet onions are the perfect contrast to the flavorful, chewy beef.

Since I love bulgogi so much, the natural choice (for me at least) would be to put it in a sushi roll. The rice cuts through the richness of the bulgogi and the onions, and balances it wonderfully. Sure, it takes a bit of time to make, but even without rolling it in sushi, the bulgogi is well worth the time spent.

This bulgogi recipe is adapted from Discovering Korean Cuisine: Recipes from the Best Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles, by Allisa Park.

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Beach Grill MakiPosted on July 10th, 2008 · 11 Comments »

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beach-grill-maki

Imagine walking along the beach on a bright summer day. The cool salt water rushes in to swirl around your ankles, then races away playfully. A slight breeze brings a whiff of salty ocean air. You hear seagulls squawking all around you. The taste of the briny ocean air is on your lips as you watch the sun set over the immense ocean.

After a perfect day at the beach, you need a perfect meal, so why not a summery sushi? To me, summer means one thing – lots of grilling. Perhaps some sweet, salty, teriyaki marinated shrimp on the barbecue? Maybe grill (or even better, saute) an onion, until the bitterness is gone and all that’s left is a soft sweetness? And maybe, just maybe, roll them both in a sushi roll. The result? Absolute heaven. Wonderfully delicious. Completely worth all the effort needed to make it.

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