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Mochi

A very old picture of Lauren Jabusch's great-grandparents making mochi.

Submitted by Lauren Jabusch of Davis, Calif.

Christmas mornings in my family were always punctuated with making mochi, a Japanese rice treat. A traditional New Year's food made of pounded rice, it was essential for the holidays. It was a family event and everyone had a role: soaking rice, steaming over a wood-burning fire, to pounding, to shaping and packaging. Now, a whiff of steaming rice gives me memories of family.

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