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Teaser recipe: Crispy “Popcorn” Edamame

Thank you all for the incredible response I’ve received to the news of my cookbook, The Japanese Pantry, finally going on sale. It feels really good to hear that so many of you were excited about it and had been anticipating it for some time. And thank you to each of you who have already purchased a copy or intend to soon. Every sale feels like a validation that I’ve created something interesting and worthwhile. I’ve been very hypercritical of every recipe, every story, every photo that went into this book because I know that I’m still a novice at this and have so much to learn. Already, as I plan for the next two (yes two!) books that I have in mind, I see ways in which I can improve upon this first endeavor and produce something even more informative and beautiful next time.

I thought today I’d share a recipe from the book that’s incredibly easy to put together. These crispy “popcorn” edamame were so good that even though I nailed the recipe the first time I made them, I ended up making another test batch “just to be sure.” I might have eaten the whole batch in one sitting.


Crispy "Popcorn" Edamame

From the book:

“We all love crunchy snacks. For some it’s crispy chips, for others it’s crackers, and for still others only a bowl of buttery popcorn will do. But all that carb-laden junk food is just that – junk. It’s hard to find a healthy snack that satisfies the craving for salt and fat without busting your gut. These crunchy roasted “popcorn” edamame come close. They have all the crispiness of a potato chip and are endlessly poppable, but contain just a scant teaspoon of oil. The delightful texture and bright flavor will have you snacking happy.”

And here’s how simple they are to make…

Crispy "Popcorn" Edamame

A poppable snack that makes for a healthier alternative to chips or crackers, but with all the satisfying crunch.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: makes about 2 cups


  • one 12oz. bag of frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • the juice from half a lemon (about 2 tsp.)
  • sprinkle of salt (to taste)

Cooking Directions

  1. Allow frozen edamame to thaw on the counter or under lukewarm running water.
  2. In a large bowl, toss edamame with oil and lemon juice.
  3. Bake at 375F degrees on a foil-lined baking sheet for 40 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.
  4. Sprinkle over salt to taste while edamame are still hot. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

I love that edamame (young soy beans) are found in almost all major grocery stores these days. They are a really tasty snack food that even children love, despite resembling other less yummy green vegetables. This is one Japanese ingredient that has definitely made its way into the mainstream. Maybe someday kids will be snacking on pickled plums instead of candy too. Seriously doubt that one though.


Best of 2010

I wasn’t going to do the whole “greatest hits of 2010” thing mostly because my blog is still under a year old and I figured that I didn’t really have enough material to do it. But, as I looked back through my posts and flicked through my folder of pictures I’ve used on the blog in just this year alone, I realized that I had more than enough highlights to share.

These are the personal posts that either got the most attention or are at least worth another look:

So, what am I? – My first proclamations about how I eat.

Running with scoliosis – Why running is both difficult and yet important to me.

A fond farewell to “my gym” – Where and how I learned to have confidence while exercising.

Libations, Liam, and Lakesha – What can I say, this is just hilarious.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival – I caught some flak from local blog readers for not enjoying this festival. Oops!

Many milestones –  Becoming Mrs. Tucker and quitting my job.

Run Like Hell 5K, 2010 – My first race ever and I kicked a$$!

My first Atlanta blogger meet-up – Feeling like a real part of the blogging community!

Taking responsibility – Feeling the pressure to make more ethical eating choices.

Atlanta Fresh – Reintroducing dairy to fight some tummy troubles.

The real deal –  Discovering that vegetarianism is not my platform for activism.

10 things – Some personal info to help my readers get to know me better.

And these are some of my favorite recipes from this year:

Date Bites

Quinoa with chickpeas and butternut squash

Pumpkin puree

Salmon over honey-soy soba with onions and shiitakes


Vegan pumpkin bread

Sushi rice

Claypot salmon with asian vegetables

Apple bars with cinnamon “cream cheese”

Slow-cooker split pea soup and spread

Maple cinnamon breakfast quinoa

Gingery pear and apple sauce

Spicy chickpea and onion donburi

Black bean tofu with veggies

Kabocha pecan bread

Beef gyudon

I thought it might also be fun to do a collage of some of the most beautiful food I’ve had the pleasure of eating this year!

You want more? Here’s some interesting stats you might find amusing:

Most visits in a single day- 117

Typical visits in a day- 25 to 45

Total spam comments received to date- 605

5 top searches that lead to someone finding my site in the last 30 days:

  1. domokun – 87 Visits
  2. domo kun – 57 Visits
  3. thyme bombe – 30 Visits
  4. domo-kun – 16 Visits
  5. crusting buttercream – 4 Visits

(Apparently that image I used brought me a ton of traffic from people searching for domo-kun!)

3 people found my blog searching for “why drink cinnamon tea when sick”

2 people found me searching for “asian vegetable like parsnip”

1 person searched “drink thyme good for you?”

1 person searched “bombe nuts”    <—-Huh?

1 person searched “I love burritos”   <—-ok seriously WTF?

Thank you all for reading and for all of your thoughtful comments. I appreciate each and every one of you greatly. I hope next year I can make this blog into something even better and more exciting while still holding on to the things that make you keep coming back now.

Happy New Year from all of us at Thyme Bombe!

See you next year!