Nov 11

Sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).

Hachinohe, Japan

Hachinohe, Japan

Before leaving Aomori Prefecture, we made a quick stop in Hachinohe, Japan.  Hachinohe is the second largest city in Aomori Prefecture and sits on the southeast coast of Aomori Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean.  Hachinohe was one of the cities hit by the March 2011 tsunami, which picked up huge boats and set them down on top of docks and roads and destroyed about 100 homes. [Read More…]


Nov 8

Sponsored by RW Garcia.

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake with Sweet Beet Cracker Crust BLOG

Do you realize that we only have 15 days until Thanksgiving Day? And only 46 days to go until Christmas Eve?  Aaack! Have you started thinking about what you’re going to serve or bring to share for those days?  I’ve started, but need to get more serious about it because it’s looking like we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year!  If you’re looking for something fun and new to do for a dessert, I teamed up with RW Garcia to come up with an option for you.  I love the gorgeous, festive, red color of their 3 Seed Sweet Beet Crackers and thought it would be fun to use them in place of a graham cracker crust for a cheesecake, so the idea for a No-Bake Peppermint Tofu Cheesecake with a Beet Cracker Crust was born. [Read More…]


Exploring the Oirase Gorge & Lake Towada, Japan

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Sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization). Towada, Japan The next stop on my Japan adventure was to the city of Towada which sits in the foothills of the Hakkoda mountains in Aomori Prefecture.  The city includes part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  First stop on […]

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Harvest Salsa

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Sponsored by RW Garcia. It’s falllll!!!!  Some of my favorite flavors are in season, like pumpkin, sweet potato, and apple, so you know that I can’t help myself and am putting those ingredients in everything.  I have partnered up with RW Garcia, makers of my favorite crackers, to whip up something fall-inspired for you.  I dreamed up […]

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Exploring Aomori, Japan

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I returned a couple of weeks ago from a dream trip to Japan, sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).  You all know that Japan is my happy place, so to be asked to go and explore a new (to me) part of Japan so that I could share it with you? Yes please, […]

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Fall Issue of Twist Travel Magazine—Bento Tips!

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Do you have any fun fall trips planned?  This fall I am mostly planning trips in my head.  We are in the middle of building a house and are down to the last few weeks, so leaving town isn’t a very good idea!  Whether you’ve got a trip planned or not, the fall issue of […]

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Avocado Pineapple Agua Fresca

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Last week was Squirrel and Bug’s first week back to school.  Squirrel is in the fifth grade and Bug is in the third grade.  (How did they get so old?!?) Usually I am just as excited for those first few days of school as they are.  I look forward to the return of routine, but […]

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Summer Bibimbap

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Written in partnership with California Avocados. Bibimbap (“bee-beem-bawp”)…saw that 4 times fast and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face.  It does mine!  It’s just a fun word.  But it’s an even better dish and one of my all-time favorite foods!  It’s a Korean rice bowl, and I’ve got a reimagined version […]

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Chilean Hot Dogs (Completo)

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This post is a collaboration with Lightlife. It has been hot, hot, hot this summer.  August is about the time that I no longer want to even look at my stove, let along my oven.  It’s just too darn hot and I’m sick of the heat.  So I usually convince Mr. Fuji to do some […]

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Avocado Chow Chow Relish

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Have you had chow chow before?  No, I’m not talking puppy chow or misspelling “ciao” . . . I’m talking about the Southern condiment, a sweet and sour relish that adds a pop of color and a ton of flavor to whatever you add it to.  I’m sharing my recipe, with a California twist over […]

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