Jan 9

Herb Cashew Cheese Spread

Happy Wednesday Fuji friends!  How is your January shaping up so far?  Ours has been cold, so I’ve been hibernating a bit.  I did get out for a long run this past Saturday, since the sun was actually going to be out, but by the end of the run I was so frozen that it took me over an hour to warm up after I got home.  Needless to say, I have gone back to treadmill runs this week.  One of the things I’ve been snacking on lately is the cheese spread that I made for New Years Eve for my fruicuterie platter.  It is addictive.  I’ve been spreading it on crackers, celery, carrot sticks, broccoli florets . . . you name it.  It would also be a delicious addition to a bento, packed with some crackers or fresh vegetables. [Read More…]


Jan 1

Chocolate Caramel Cashew Spread

Happy New Year Fuji friends!!  I hope you are having a wonderful day.  I am currently sitting at my desk typing this in my pajamas.  Our older girls go back to school tomorrow, so we are making the most of being comfortable and hanging out together.  Last night Mr. Fuji’s family came over to celebrate the ringing in of the New Year with us and everyone brought snacks to share.  It was quite the spread!  We provided chips and salsa, a massive bowl of Chex Mix (I used the classic recipe, but used vegan butter and vegan Worcestershire sauce) and I put together this big “fruitcuterie” platter (like charcuterie, but without the meat!), inspired by a dessert cheeseboard that Sarah, from The Delicious Life, posted.

Rachael's Fruicuterie Platter

I loaded the platter with a bunch of fruit: gold kiwi slices, persimmon slices, Honeycrisp apple slices, red grapes, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, dried mango, dried sweet cherries, and dried Mission figs.  I also added some roasted cashews, crackers, dark chocolate cashew bark (using Sarah’s recipe), an herbed cheese spread (recipe to come), and a chocolate caramel cashew spread. (Keep on reading for the recipe!) [Read More…]


Vegan Schaum Brötle (German meringue cookies)

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Last week I wrote a piece for Today’s Mama, that went live this week, about my great-grandmother’s recipe for schaum brötle, a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth, German meringue cookie that is full of chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and a hint of lemon zest that brightens the flavors.  Writing about those cookies had my mouth-watering, so I decided […]

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Vegan Mapo Tofu

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A recipe for a Japanified Chinese dish may seem like a strange thing to post right before Christmas, but Christmastime always makes me think of the scene in A Christmas Story where the neighbor’s dogs escape and get into the kitchen on Christmas Day and eat their turkey, so the Parker family has to have […]

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2018 Fuji Gift Guide

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. Hello Fuji friends!  I’ve been working on buying gifts for everyone on our gift list and struggling with a few.  Aren’t […]

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New York! New York!

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Christmas and my birthday (coming up in January) came early for me!  Mr. Fuji surprised me with a trip last month to New York City as an early gift, including having my mom and dad fly up fro Southern California to stay with our kids!  It was a quick trip—only 3 days—but we managed to […]

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Blood Moon Apple Punch

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Happy Halloween Fuji fans!  I hope your day is going great.  I’ve been working on a few Halloween bento ideas in my head for a while and yesterday/today I finally got the chance to execute them!

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Apple Raspberry Crisp

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One of the reasons that I love fall is that it is apple season and I love apples.  I’ve been wishing for a bite of a Japanese apple (a little over a year ago I was in Japan experiencing the famous apples of the Aomori region), so decided that a good apple dessert would have to […]

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Hummus Herb Dressing

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I thought that Monkey loved salad.  But I was wrong.  Monkey only loves salad when it’s dressed in my hummus herb dressing.  So really, I guess the more accurate statement is that Monkey loves hummus herb dressing.  I started making hummus dressing last year by combining hummus, ume plum vinegar, and water together.  Then, about […]

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Not Butter Chicken Curry

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We have a deep-rooted love for Indian food in our family.  In fact, it was my last meal when I was in labor with Squirrel before she was born and my last meal the night before Bug was born.  One of our favorites is butter chicken, but since I don’t eat chicken anymore, it’s been […]

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