Nov 23

Slow Cooker Sour Cream and Onion Mashed Potatoes

Three more days until Thanksgiving! (Or as my kids say, 3 more sleeps!)  Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side dish, yet there are more variations than you could probably sit down and count in one week.  I am working on a church Christmas dinner and came up with a recipe for mashed potatoes that could be made in the slow cooker that we could use for our dinner.  I posted about the recipe on Instagram over the weekend, and my friend Olga (check out her blog, Mango Tomato!), who spent Thanksgiving with us last year, commented, thinking that this was a Thanksgiving post, “What? Mr. Fuji isn’t making them? His were incredible!”  She’s right.  Mr. Fuji’s mashed potatoes are the best I’ve ever had.  So yes, he will be making the mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving!  I have actually been doing what cooking I can ahead of time, because I am having shoulder surgery today, and won’t be doing any real cooking for a little while.  Thank goodness Mr. Fuji is a mashed potato master! [Read More…]


Nov 20

Almond Crackle Custard Pie

Happy Friday Pie-Day!  Thanksgiving is only 6 days away—are you as excited about it as I am?  This year we are heading to my mother-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and one of the things we are in charge of is the pies.  I think I’ve changed my pie plan about 4 times already.  I just can’t decide!  Kerrygold teamed up with King Arthur Flour this month to bring us our November blogger challenge, which was to create our best original pie recipe, either sweet or savory.  I decide to play around with one of my chess pie recipes (you know how I love a good chess pie!), adding some of my favorite holiday flavors, like almond, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and this Almond Crackle Custard Pie was the result.  This pie has a traditional pastry crust filled with an almond custard that has a crackly top. [Read More…]


Balinese Mixed Vegetables (Sayur Urab)

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Mixed vegetables…sounds kind of boring, doesn’t it?  Sayur Urab, a classic Balinese dish loosely translates to mean mixed vegetables, and it is far from boring! This is one of the dishes that we learned to prepare in our cooking class in Bali.  While everything that we learned to cook in our class was delicious, this […]

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Pemulan Bali Balinese Farm Cooking School, Bali—Take a cooking class next time you travel!

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If you want to come away from visiting a new place with a better understanding of the history and culture of that place, take a cooking class.  When doing your research, look at reviews and how long the school has been in business, but also take into consideration what you are looking to get out […]

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Gingerbread Chess Pie

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HPS (Holiday Pie Season) is officially underway!  So put away your Halloween decorations and pull out your pie plates people and let’s get baking!  Over the next 5 months there is at least one holiday every month that calls for pie, kicking things off with the grand daddy of them all, Thanksgiving.  You know how […]

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Cinnamon & Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

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Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he alive, or be he dead I’ll grind his bones to make my bread. I have very distinct memories from when I was a little girl of my dad saying this in his deepest gravely giant-like voice as he stopped down the hallway.  We would run […]

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Black Rice Stuffed Peppers with Cashew Cream Sauce

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I have always loved my mom’s recipe for stuffed bell peppers, but when I was little I disliked the actual bell pepper.  I distinctly remember eagerly eating the delicious filling and trying to avoid eating that juicy green shell.  Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time and tell my younger self how good […]

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Wild Rice Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Have you ever made something that just really hit the spot to the extent that it was what you wanted to eat everyday until it was gone?  That was me a few weeks ago.  Mr. Fuji went out of town for work and I was working on some new rice recipes, inspired by my recent […]

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A Trip to Lundberg Family Farms, A Rice Story

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Rice is an important part of Japanese history and culture and is a staple in the Japanese diet.  In fact, rice is such a central part of the Japanese meal that the word for cooked rice in Japanese, gohan, is the same word for meal.  So when you’re eating breakfast, asagohan, the word translates to mean that […]

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Easy Burrito Bowls, aka, Repurposing leftovers to save my sanity.

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I’m starting to see a pattern.  Every fall I start to go a little bit crazy.  School starts back up, and with school comes homework and trying to figure out how new teachers work and communicate.  Piano lessons and dance classes get back under full swing.  You find yourself saying yes to being the head […]

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