Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!  Happy New Year to you and yours. May it be kindler, gentler, and more hopeful than the last.

Each year the Japanese families in my town get together and do an exchange of specialized New Years food. My hubbie always makes chili shrimp, but what I love is the sweet potato puree with chestnuts. Super-yum. Thankfully, no one else likes it. It’s all mine!