Sep 22
2014

Japanese Hambagu Bento

When you say hamburger here in the US, the image conjured to mind is a meat patty, usually cooked on a grill, served inside a bun, sometimes with a variety of condiments or toppings.  When you say hamburger in Japan (ハンバーグ–”hambagu”), the image conjuired to mind is much different—a meat patty that is like a cross between a hamburger and a slice of meatloaf, served simply glazed or topped with a spoonful of a steak-sauce like mixture alongside plain steamed white rice and glazed carrots.  I love both, but today we’re talking about the “hambagu” of Japan, which also happens to be a fantastic item to pack into a bento! [Read More…]

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Sep 18
2014

I am super excited to share a new project I’m working on.  I am on a team of writers behind a new endeavor, Multiply Goodness.  Multiply Goodness is a website dedicated to celebrating and sharing the good in the world and helping to lift each other up.  The stated mission is “to unite like-minded believers in an effort to multiply goodness throughout the world.”  The blog portion of the website, Daily Good, features a new post every weekday that shares something on one of five different topics: courage, faith, hope, laughter, and love.  I am honored to be one of the writers, and already have my first post to share that includes a recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola, which I hope you will use to spread a bit of goodness in your own neck of the woods.  So hop on over and take a look!  While you’re at it, you can subscribe to receive the Daily Good posts via email—just head to the home page and scroll down to the bottom to find the subscription area!

Multiply Goodness with Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola

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Cookie Dough Dip from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches On the Planet

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We are coming to the end of our fourth week of school here in Utah.  This is about the point where I start to run out of steam on lunchbox ideas and it’s time to re-motivate myself and make a plan for the four weeks to come.  Who else is running out of steam?  Raise [...]

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Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll—Getting back into a school routine

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You’d think that it would be harder for my girls to get back into their school routines, especially considering this is Bug’s first year of formal schooling as a kindergartner.

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BLT Salad with Avocado Dressing

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This post is brought to you by the California Avocado Commission. Last week we had an avocado-centric summer backyard BBQ party with some friends to celebrate the last day before school began for our kiddos. The get-together was enabled by my friends at the California Avocado Commission who sent us a California Avocado BBQ Party [...]

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Baked Salmon with Mango Ceviche

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This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. A week and a half ago I attended a special dinner at the City Creek Harmons Grocery in downtown Salt Lake City.  The dinner was to celebrate the introduction of Verlasso salmon to Harmons seafood cases.  Why the big deal?  In 2013, for the first time [...]

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Summer Strawberry Pie with Harmons (+ A Giveaway!)

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This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. Summer is the best time for pie making because of the bounty nature offers: cherries, peaches . . . Oh who am I kidding? In my book there are 4 pie seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring!  So to rephrase, summer pie season is fantastic because stone [...]

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Cherry Pico de Gallo

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In my post last week about Cacao Chili-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak, I briefly mentioned the cherry pico de gallo that I made as an accompaniment.  But, it wouldn’t be doing it justice to gloss over it, as it was maybe my favorite part of the whole meal, notwithstanding the sweet potato oven fries that were also [...]

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Simple Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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Four ingredients, and one of them is sweet potatoes . . . need I say more?  (Plus, it’s never too early to start planning your celebrations for National Sweet Potato Day next February, right?)  I love sweet potato fries, but don’t love the clean up, nor the added calories, that come with deep frying my [...]

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Sous Vide Cacao Chili-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak

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With it being Bastille Day today (the day that commemorates the beginning of the French revolution on the 14th of July in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille), I am utterly nostalgic, thinking of my time spent living in Paris as a college student.  Last week I read The Belly of Paris, written in [...]

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