You have a lot on your plate. So it’s easy to understand why some things (an end-of-the-year teacher’s gift, ahem) fall off the radar.
But the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami shouldn’t be forgotten — especially now that the story is no longer part of the nightly news cycle.
Which is why we love Peko Peko: Family-Friendly Japanese Recipes, a cookbook put together by a group of food bloggers, writers, and photogs in support of the country’s recovery.
Created with the home chef in mind, the tome teems with Japanese and Japanese-inspired family meals. If edamame is as close to Tokyo as your cooking usually gets, there’s a glossary to familiarize you with common ingredients. Don’t have mirin in your pantry? Substitution suggestions and tips help you get worldly in no time.
Best part: $11.45 of each sale goes to the GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund. The rest covers printing costs. Nobody besides the families in need will see a dime.
And that’s worth going back for seconds.
Available online at blurb.com, $30.
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What: Silly forest creatures scurry across the screen in Over the Hedge.
Why: Skip the theater and watch a flick from the comfort of a cool pool.
When: Sat., 8 p.m.
Where: Grapeland Water Park, 1550 NW 37th Ave. (305-960-2950). Adults and children, $5.
The Ugly Duckling
What: Pint-size Pavlovas from Kirova Ballet Academy show off a variety of dance techniques at its year-end performance.
Why: Hip-hop steps give the Hans Christian Andersen tale a modern twist.
When: Sun., 1 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura (305-466-8002). Tickets at 954-462-0222 or online at aventuracenter.org. Adults and children, $25; babes on laps, free.
Fun in the Jungle
What: Keep ’em busy with art, science, and magic at summer camp (ages 5-12).
Why: The learning shouldn’t stop just because school’s out.
When: Register now for two-week sessions thru Aug. 19.
Where: Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trl. (305-400-7000). Register at 305-666-2992 or online at funcamps.com. Cost is $459 and up.
Photo: Marc Matsumoto / Courtesy of Peko Peko