Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2010 already? I'm excited that 2010 will include the Winter Olympics (with commercials featuring Morgan Freeman), World Cup, and another season of Glee. Yeah, I'm easy.
My family made a zillion pounds of mochi again last weekend. And by zillion, I mean 250 pounds of mochi. This year, JustJenn and her family came along to visit. And by visit, I mean place themselves in the factory line that is the Food Librarian's family mochi day. Read about it here or here on JustJenn's blogs.
So, what do the Japanese do with all that fresh mochi? We make a special soup (ozoni) and pop a toasted mochi in it. It brings you good luck all year. Or at least til tax season. Or until something not so lucky happens. Then you blame the soup.
Jenn goes all out and makes a huge feast. Tradition says that you cook enough for three days...because back in the day the stores in Japan would close so everyone can be with their families. Luckily, we have Trader Joe's, but Jenn did cook enough food for days! It was all so delicious!!
Kurikinton (Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts) - Giving you good wealth and fortune.
Jenn made yummy Root Beer Pulled Pork.
post about the Broken Glass Jello)
Whew! It was a delicious feast! THANK YOU so much JustJenn!
Of course, I'm starting my long list of resolutions tomorrow...
Happy New Year to you! Wishing you a great 2010!!! - mary the food librarian
(edited to add JustJenn's top photo! Check out her blog post here)