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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Antique Car Show
What: Hundreds of vintage and antique autos line up at Sully Historic Site, plus games and a show by Jumpin’ Jupiter.
Why: You may be tempted to trade in your SUV.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly (703-437-1794). Adults, $9; children, $6.
Gaithersburg Miniature Golf
What: Aim for a hole in one or putt your way around waterfalls and streams.
Why: Take Pop along; he plays for free on Father’s Day.
When: Thru Oct. 9.
Where: 514 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg (301-258-6420). Adults and children, $6 per game.
Free Summer Saturdays
What: Get hands-on with a changing lineup of artsy activities each week.
Why: More money in your pocket for that family vacation.
When: Thru Sept. 3. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW (202-639-1805).
Photo: Marc Matsumoto / Courtesy of Peko Peko