November 27, 2012

MOTOism: No Ordinary Chestnuts

by Moto Yamamoto

Did you know that the U.S. lost all its chestnut trees back in early 1900s due to a disease brought over from China or Japan? Oops. Almost all of the chestnuts we have now come from Italy or China. But The American Chestnut Foundation has been working very hard to revive them in this country. […]

January 16, 2012

Culinography: Winter Baking

by Erin Gleeson

Baking chestnut cake dusted with powdered sugar and pine nuts. This was taken as part of an assignment for Edible Brooklyn to accompany an article on chestnuts. Photo by Erin Gleeson.  

December 29, 2011

Japanify: Kuri no Kanroni (Chestnuts Simmered in Syrup)

by Yoko Kumano

Chestnuts signify the presence of winter in many cultures. Although I’ve never actually tried chestnuts roasted by an open fire, I have tried the Japanese version of chestnuts simmered in simple syrup, or kuri no kanroni. However, I had never taken the initiative to prepare a chestnut dish because the task of peeling always seemed […]