Appetizers

Three Pepper Jelly

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Three pepper jelly and goat cheese served with crackers makes my list of perfect party foods.  All of the work on this appetizer is done ahead of time, making it perfect for a stress-free party lineup.  When it comes to entertaining, I am all about easy.  Yes, I want the food to be good, but […]

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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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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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Orange Slices with Basil Lime Sugar—A Utility Knife Adventure

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Orange slices topped with a basil lime sugar is one of my favorite quick snacks, or simple appetizers to whip up when I’m craving citrus.  I hesitate to call it a recipe because there’s really nothing to it, but I’m sharing it with you nonetheless.  This dish is also a great way to work on […]

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Ham & Cheese Endive Nachos

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Is it just me, or does the word “nachos” strike a comfort food chord for you too?  There’s something about the combo of crunchy, cheesy, salty, and juicy that tastes so darn good!  The non-comforting part about nachos is their tendency to be a bit higher in the calorie and fat counts.  Well, I recently […]

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Lighter Avocado Dip

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Lighter Avocado Dip Makes 10 servings 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt 3 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 1 red jalapeno, […]

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Celebrate the Super Bowl with Turkey Avocado Onigiri Footballs

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Turkey Avocado Onigiri Footballs Makes approximately 6 onigiri 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 thin slices turkey (lunch-meat style) 3 cups freshly steamed Japanese rice 1 sheet nori (seaweed) Special equipment: football-shaped cookie cutter 1. Mash the avocado, lime juice, and […]

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Renkon no Sunomono (Marinated Lotus Root)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Renkon no Sunomono (Marinated Lotus Root) Makes 6 servings 8-inch piece of renkon (lotus root) 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon salt Finely grated lemon rind, for garnish 1. Wash the renkon thoroughly, then peel off the outer layer with a vegetable peeler, and slice […]

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Tazukuri (Soy Sauce Sugar-Glazed Sardines)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Tazukuri (Soy Sauce Sugar-Glazed Sardines) Makes 4 servings 2 ounces gomame (dried baby sardines) 1/3 cup dashi (or water) 1/3 cup soy sauce 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon mirin 1 takanotsume (Japanese “hawk claw” pepper) (or substitute 1 dried red chile pepper) 1. Pick out any broken fish. […]

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Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnut & Japanese Sweet Potato Mash)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnut & Japanese Sweet Potato Mash) Recipe as shared by my friend Noriko Makes 6 to 8 servings 1 pound satsumaimo (Japanese sweet potatoes) 7 ounce bottle of kuri kanroni (candied chestnuts in syrup) pinch of salt mirin sugar 1. Peel the sweet potatoes then cut them […]

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