Bento

Baked Chicken Katsu + Back To School Lunch Ideas E-book!

Thumbnail image for Baked Chicken Katsu + Back To School Lunch Ideas E-book!

Here we are again, getting our kiddos ready to go back to school (or in our case, already back in school)!  I always loved this time of year growing up.  I loved starting the school year with a new outfit, new pencils, a new binder, etc.  Now as a parent, I think it’s a great [...]

Read More →

Shio Koji Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Thumbnail image for Shio Koji Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Japanese style fried chicken, tori no karaage, or chicken karaage as I like to call it, is my favorite version of fried chicken, with the exception of Gus’s Fried Chicken in Memphis, Tennessee, which I became hopelessly addicted to while in law school.  Chicken karaage has a light crispy outside and a moist, tender inside, rendering [...]

Read More →

Cheater Cheese Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) and Bento Safety

Thumbnail image for Cheater Cheese Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) and Bento Safety

Tamagoyaki (卵焼き), which translates literally to mean “grilled egg,” is a Japanese omelette made by rolling up many thin layers of cooked seasoned egg.  Tamagoyaki is sweet and savory and is served for breakfast, as nigirizushi, and is very popular in bento lunches—so it is the perfect dish for my Bento Buddy series!

Read More →

Spooky Spider Dogs with Chipotle Ketchup

Thumbnail image for Spooky Spider Dogs with Chipotle Ketchup

Halloween is right around the corner and we’re in full spook mode here at the Fuji house!  Our friend Lucy is also enjoying her favorite season, and this month we’re serving up a spooky snack to celebrate: Spider Dogs with Chipotle Ketchup Webs.

Read More →

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Thumbnail image for How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Onigiri (“oh-nee-gee-ree”) are Japanese rice balls and today I’m going to show you how easy they are to make!  As I was working on the material for this post, I realized that I’ve been writing about onigiri for a long time on this little piece of the inter-webs of mine.  I’ve been writing about the [...]

Read More →

Simmered Kabocha Squash

Thumbnail image for Simmered Kabocha Squash

Simmered Kabocha Squash (Kabocha Nimono) Makes 4 servings Recipe from lafujimama.com 1/2 kabocha squash (about 1 pound) 2 cups dashi 2 tablespoons mirin 1 small piece kombu (about 2-inches square) 2 teaspoons light colored soy sauce (usukuchi soy sauce) (or regular soy sauce if usukuchi isn’t available) 1. Wash the kabocha well, then scoop out [...]

Read More →

Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) + A Giveaway!

Thumbnail image for Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) + A Giveaway!

Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) Makes 8 buns 2 eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Preheat a steamer filled with water on high heat. 2. Whisk together the beaten [...]

Read More →

Steamed Peanut Butter and Jelly Buns—aka, PB&J Man

Thumbnail image for Steamed Peanut Butter and Jelly Buns—aka, PB&J Man

So now that I’ve opened up the steamed bun floodgate, I can’t help myself!  Today I’m sharing a recipe for Steamed Peanut Butter and Jelly Buns (aka, PB&J Man) over on The Family Kitchen.  These steamed buns are a fun new twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and would make a fantastic [...]

Read More →

Quail Egg Ninja & Star Onigiri—Yes, you too can have a Food Ninja Bento!!

Thumbnail image for Quail Egg Ninja & Star Onigiri—Yes, you too can have a Food Ninja Bento!!

Have you voted yet today? You can vote once every day between now and December 31st! Help me win the title of favorite Crescent Cook and be entered for the chance to win $5,000! (See more voting details at the end of this post.)* Oh, and y’all better be entering our awesome Food Ninja Contest [...]

Read More →

Back-to-School Olive Challenge Recipe Roundup

Thumbnail image for Back-to-School Olive Challenge Recipe Roundup

My girls love olives, and not just because they love popping them onto the tips of their fingers.  They think they are candy, and I’m not about to try and change their minds.  Olives are a great source of monounsaturated fat, iron, Vitamin E, copper, and dietary fiber. With children returning to school, I thought [...]

Read More →