Oct 17
2014

Yaki Udon Moon Viewing Bento

Squirrel’s second grade class has been studying the moon for the past couple of weeks, and she’s been charting the moon’s changes each evening at home as an assignment for her Chinese class. [Read More…]

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Oct 15
2014

This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I know, I know,  you’re thinking “Gluten free slow cooker pot roast?  Rachael, isn’t a pot roast naturally gluten free?”  Well yes, and no.  It depends on how you make it!  If you make your own homemade beef stock without any added thickeners and you don’t thicken your gravy at the end with a roux…then yes, probably.  This past weekend I went to the National Gluten Free Expo here in Utah, as a Harmons Grocery blogger, to explore all of the new things that are happening in the world of gluten free.  Harmons already has a ton of gluten free options on their shelves (look for the purple gluten free tags!), so I was interested to see what else might start showing up.  There were lots of the usual gluten free goodies (cakes, cookies, and more!), breads, flour mixes, etc.  But hidden among the usual suspects were some gems that I’m pretty excited about, including a product that is actually made locally here in Utah—WEDO Gluten Free Banana Flour—a gluten free flour made from unripe, green bananas.  The flour has a wonderful mild, earthy flavor, not the banana-y flavor I was kind of expecting.  I had actually seen a container of the flour a few weeks ago on the shelves at Harmons, but not knowing anything about it, didn’t buy any.  The Expo gave me the chance to talk to the co-founder of WEDO about the product, and by the end of our conversation I bought two containers and couldn’t wait to get home to start using it. [Read More…]

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Japanese Mini Hamburgers on KSL Studio 5

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Remember those mini Japanese hamburgers I shared a couple of weeks ago?  Well if I haven’t convinced you to make them yet, then maybe I can today!  I recently made them on KSL’s Studio 5 and the full segment is now available online to watch.  They are oh-so-easy to make and delicious to boot!  Here [...]

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Pork and Parsnip Hash for Cutco Fall Harvest + A Giveaway!

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I love dishes that combine lots of little bits of everything.  I get this love from my dad, whose style of cooking is to go into the kitchen and grab whatever he can find to create something to eat, whether it’s a sandwich, a salad, or what he calls “potage.”  I recently received a “Fall Harvest [...]

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Kale Power Salad with Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette

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I fell in love with kale salads a couple of years ago and have yet to get over my crush.  I know kale may be yesterday’s news, but gosh darn it, I don’t care!  So here’s another kale salad to add to the top of the Mt. Everest-sized pile of kale salad recipes that have [...]

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Japanese Mini Hamburgers

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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 [...]

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Multiply Goodness With Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola

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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 [...]

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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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