An Interview with Ilana Kaufman of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative

The work of Ilana Kaufman, the founder of Jews of Color Field Building Initiative has been encouraging and inspiring me so much lately. I can’t remember the first time I heard about Ilana because I have admittedly read every single article about Ilana and her work on the Internet; what she does is very near and dear to my heart.

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Rosh Hashanah Roundup

Rosh Hashanah is coming! Are you in menu planning mode yet, like me? I hope this look back into the Nourish Co. archives sparks some inspiration. It seems that with each passing year, I’m all about simplifying so I can spend more of my effort and energy on being present with my loved ones during this very special time of year. L’Shana Tova!

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An Interview with Naomi Takata Shepherd, the Creator Behind 6 Degrees of Hapa

Today I am so excited to introduce you to Naomi Takata Shepherd, the talented creator behind 6 Degrees of Hapa! I found myself reading Naomi’s powerful and thoughtful answers over and over again in the course of the last week. I hope that you too will find her interview as inspiring as I did, and that it will renew your sense of pride in your own identity— as it does for me.

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Baked Apple and Miso Honey Sundae

On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate God’s creation of the world, and we eat sweet foods to symbolize hopes for a sweet New Year. In our home, I like to honor my husbands Ashkenazi Jewish food traditions as well as my own Japanese American food traditions. Sometimes that means creating something entirely new like this baked apple and miso honey sundae!

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A Day at Japanese American Family Farm, Hikari Farms

A couple of years back, I was so happy to discover Hikari Farms through Bi-Rite market. Everything they grow is certified organic, and you can just feel the love they put into everything. So I was over the moon when Janet Nagamine, the second generation owner, reached out and invited me to the farm for a tour and nabe lunch. Today, I am so excited to share my experience and everything I learned about this small but mighty and inspirational farm here.

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Recipes Featuring Rice Vinegar from a 123-Year-Old Japanese Artisanal Vinegar Company

Every good cook has their secret resources. Mine is The Japanese Pantry, who source ingredients made by Japanese food artisan families who have been making these products for generations. I enjoyed coming up with two simple recipes using the Pure Rice Vinegar from Io Jozo, a 123-year-old vinegar company. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed developing (and eating) them!

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Kokoro Care Packages with Products by Japanese Food Artisans

High quality Japanese food products that are not laden with chemicals and coloring are surprisingly hard to find here in the US. Recently, Marc Matsumoto from No Recipes (!) reached out and told me about Kokoro Care Packages. They offer monthly and seasonal care packages, filled with Japanese food products that are produced by small artisan producers all over Japan. So when they offered to send me a box to try, I was so excited!

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An Interview with the Powerhouse Duo Behind Modern Ritual

One thing that brings me joy each week is logging into Instagram to see what this rabbi and rabbi-to-be are up to. Sam and Rena are the brilliant minds behind the insanely popular Instagram handle @modern_ritual. It has been said that connecting over social media is incomparable to in real life, but Sam and Rena have managed to defy all odds…

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An Interview with my Japanese Tea Ceremony Sensei

Today, I am very honored to share with you an interview with my tea sensei and spiritual guide, Sochi Takahara. It is extremely rare that cameras and notebooks are allowed into the tea room. This interview took much convincing, and a combined hope that offering a glimpse into the tea room might be helpful in the lives of others.

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Summer Recipe Roundup

Summer is in full swing here in San Francisco! I always look forward to Saturdays at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market and all the fresh, vibrant, and succulent Northern California produce that arrives at the height of summer. Here are some of my favorite recipes to celebrate the season, from the Nourish Co. archives!

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