Oyatsu/Snack

Chocolate Banana Greek Yogurt Pops—Feeding Hungry Monkeys After School

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When Squirrel comes home from school she’s like a ravenous bear after a winter of hibernation.  You’d think I don’t feed the kid based on how hungry she is!  I try to shake things up once in a while in the after school snack department, and popsicles are an easy way to bring something new [...]

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Back-to-School Strawberry Quesadillas

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Back-to-School.  Yup, it’s that time again!  I know, I can’t believe it either.  Squirrel actually had her first day of school YESTERDAY.  Isn’t that crazy?  What happened to school starting after Labor Day?  But I digress.  Squirrel is now in first grade, which means she goes to school for a full day. This means it’s time [...]

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Red, White & Blue Avocado Toast

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Happy 4th of July!  The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I love all the patriotism, the red, white & blue, the barbecues, and the fireworks.  We are visiting family in Utah for the holiday, and just received a big box of gorgeous California avocados from the California Avocado Commission.  Perfect for [...]

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Chilean Banana Milkshake (Leche con Plátano)

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This week I’m taking our tastebuds on a trip to Chile.  So buckle up my friends and pull out your culinary passports, because you’re not going to want to miss this adventure!  To kick off the week, I’m sharing a drink that is a perfect summer treat—Leche con Plátano.

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Cara Cara Orange & Blueberry Greek Yogurt Parfaits + A Giveaway!

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We’re citrus fanatics in the Fuji household, and so we love the winter months when citrus season is at its peak.  The Fujilings love helping out in the kitchen when any citrus is involved, knowing that they’ll get to snack on whatever citrus we’re cooking with as we go.  One of the varieties we’ve fallen [...]

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Salt & Pepper Roasted Nuts—Daydreaming of Chile

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Almonds and walnuts tossed in a salt and pepper mixture, then roasted, make a wonderful afternoon snack or easy appetizer. (Hey, the Super Bowl is coming up!)  I’ve whipped up several batches of these nuts in the past week because they disappear so quickly.  This recipe was inspired by an opportunity that came up recently [...]

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Candied Seven Spice Almonds

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Merry Christmas Eve!! I can’t believe it is already December 24th.  This month has flown by quicker than I could say Kris Kringle.  We have especially enjoyed the Christmas season in our family this year, as Squirrel is more excited and filled with wonder about the magic and traditions of the holiday than ever before, [...]

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Cheater Cheese Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) and Bento Safety

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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!

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Roasted Potato Wedges with Gomashio (Japanese Sesame Salt)

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A match made in comfort food heaven: roasted potato wedges sprinkled with fragrant nutty gomashio—Japanese sesame salt, one of my all-time favorite condiments.  

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Baked Apples à la Mode

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Autumn tends to turn up the intensity on the nostalgia meter for me.  Growing up in sunny southern California, I was always wistful for true autumn, which never seemed to hit with full force, and when it did appear at all, it was late in the season.  Maybe this is why my parents always planned [...]

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