Aug 22

Roasted Hatch Chile Hummus

August is one of my favorite months because it means the return of Hatch chili season!  Every August I go to Harmons Grocery for the first day of their Chili Roast.  The best part about this year is that we just had a brand new Harmons Grocery store open up two weeks ago only 5 minutes away from my house!  Saying that I’m excited is an understatement.  Last Friday was the kick-off day to this year’s Chile Roast so I went down and picked up a bunch of roasted chilies, some mild, some medium, and some hot, then headed home to cook with them. [Read More…]


Aug 16

Avocado Katsu

I just realized that a bunch of my recipes have been posted over on The Scoop and I didn’t know!  So get ready for some California Avocado recipes coming your way!  I love working with California Avocados, not only because avocados are one of my all-time favorite foods, but also because they give me great themes that I then have to create recipes for, which always push me in directions I probably would have never gone on my own.  There’s nothing like being given parameters to work within to help me think outside the box!  This particular recipe was one that I loved creating.  Tonkatsu (breaded, fried pork cutlet) was a favorite dish to go out for in Japan.  I decided we needed a lighter version and so this avocado katsu was born.  Hop on over to The Scoop to learn more about katsu and how to make this crazy delicious version!


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Baked Granola Oatmeal Cups, Happy New School Year!

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*Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Acorn Influence to support Sprouts Farmers Market Box Top Giveaway! Happy New School Year! Tonight is Back-to-School Night at our school and the first day of school is next Tuesday (August 16th). I know that the New Year for most of the world starts on January 1st, but […]

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Avocado Pesto Dip

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Avocado Pesto Dip . . . another reason to have a good pesto recipe in your wheelhouse (and I’m biased because I think you should use my Pistachio Pine Nut Pesto recipe that I posted yesterday).  The awesome thing about this dip is how easy it is to make.  Pesto + avocado + a bit […]

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Pistachio Pine Nut Pesto

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  If you don’t have a ton of time to cook, or to try out new recipes, it’s always good to have a set of recipes than you know by heart and everybody loves.  Pesto, in my opinion, is one of those recipes.  It is one of those magical concoctions that comes together in minutes, […]

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Road Trip Granola

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The girls and I are currently on the road.  Mr. Fuji went to Japan on a business trip, so the Fujilings and I decided to go and have our own adventure instead of sitting around at home!  We drove 916 miles from our house to Wenatchee, Washington (in north-central Washington) to visit my brother for […]

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Cream Puffs with California Avocado Mascarpone Cream

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On July 14th, 1789, the Bastille, a medieval fortress used as a state prison by the king, was stormed by the people of Paris, which commemorated the beginning of the French revolution, the end of Louis XVI’s reign as king of France, and a step towards independence.  In 1880 the Ministry of the Interior recommended […]

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Sauteed Bananas

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Happy Friday friends!! How’s everyone’s summer going?  During summer I always find myself wanting to be outside and out doing stuff, rather than stuck in the kitchen, which is kind of ironic, considering how much I love all of the fresh summer produce.  There’s just too much fun to be had, and to be honest, […]

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad with Avocados

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We are having a ton of family come over, including my brother who is flying in from Washington.  I can’t wait!!  We plan on making a fire in our fire pit in the backyard for roasting hot dogs (and s’mores later, of course!), cooking burgers and veggies on the grill, and having a variety of […]

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How to Have a (Food) Safe Fourth of July

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The CDC estimates that roughly 48 million people get sick every year in the US, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.  The Fourth of July, unfortunately, is prime time for foodborne illness, thanks to some of our favorite dishes like potato salad and hamburgers, and the risk of getting sick from something […]

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