Side Dish

Mashed Cauliflower

I’ve been in a huge mashed potato mood lately.  Seriously people, I have a problem!  I could easily eat them every day.  Instead of loading up on mashed potatoes, I’ve been trying to keep things lighter, so have been making a big pot of mashed cauliflower at least once a week.  I’ve eaten so much [...]

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Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts + 6 more Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway!

15 more days until Thanksgiving Day here in the US!  Are you ready?  If you’re not, never fear!  Between now and the time you sit down to begin your Thanksgiving meal I plan on sharing some ideas and recipes that will help you nail down a meal plan.  It was three years ago (although it [...]

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Simple Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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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Saffron Farro with Apricots and Pine Nuts for a New Year, New You

The Mediterranean Diet, consisting of higher levels of olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish, has been becoming increasingly more popular as more and more scientific studies are published linking a causal relationship between eating a Mediterranean diet and prevention of disease.  Then, in September of 2013, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in Britain released [...]

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Beaten Cucumber Pickles with Benimosu

Benimosu no Tataki Kyuri, or Beaten Cucumber Pickles drizzled with Purple Sweet Potato Vinegar—a simple Japanese pickle that highlights the quality of the ingredients used, and a great way to work out some aggression in the kitchen.  I’ve talked about tsukemono, or Japanese pickles, before, but we’re going to touch on it again today.  We’re [...]

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Golden Purple Potato Salad

I’m a potato lover.  After my trip to Idaho last fall, I went from being a Russet girl (though I still love my Russets!) to being a Klondike Goldust devotee.  I cannot get enough of their beautiful color and creamy flesh (and thin skin that I don’t have to peel!).  And then there are my [...]

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Luisa’s German Potato Salad

I love a good potato salad, but I’m also quite picky about how I like it prepared.  I have three favorites—my mother-in-law’s potato salad, Japanese-style potato salad, and kartoffelsalat (German potato salad).  I love the sharp vinegary marinade of German potato salad, and the creamy tart flavor always reminds me of visits to Siegfried’s deli [...]

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Farina Kingsley’s Stir-Fried Asian Greens + Pantry Kit Giveaway!

Dark leafy greens stir-fried in a smoky, sweet and spicy sauce make a wonderful addition to a fall or winter meal, and a fun way to explore the flavors of Southeast Asia.  I wrote recently about different ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  One idea I talked about was trying something [...]

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Roasted Potato Wedges with Gomashio (Japanese Sesame Salt)

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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Endive Cashew Slaw + A Giveaway!

With the warmer months upon us, and the kids out of school for the summer, we’ve been craving meals cooked on the grill.  I love evenings when Mr. Fuji cooks up a feast on our grill, while the girls play happily in the backyard.  Grilled vegetables, in a rainbow of colors, with juicy grilled chicken [...]

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