Bento

Simmered Kabocha Squash

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Simmered Kabocha Squash (Kabocha Nimono) Makes 4 servings Recipe from lafujimama.com 1/2 kabocha squash (about 1 pound) 2 cups dashi 2 tablespoons mirin 1 small piece kombu (about 2-inches square) 2 teaspoons light colored soy sauce (usukuchi soy sauce) (or regular soy sauce if usukuchi isn’t available) 1. Wash the kabocha well, then scoop out […]

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Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) + A Giveaway!

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Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) Makes 8 buns 2 eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Preheat a steamer filled with water on high heat. 2. Whisk together the beaten […]

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Steamed Peanut Butter and Jelly Buns—aka, PB&J Man

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So now that I’ve opened up the steamed bun floodgate, I can’t help myself!  Today I’m sharing a recipe for Steamed Peanut Butter and Jelly Buns (aka, PB&J Man) over on The Family Kitchen.  These steamed buns are a fun new twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and would make a fantastic […]

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Quail Egg Ninja & Star Onigiri—Yes, you too can have a Food Ninja Bento!!

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Have you voted yet today? You can vote once every day between now and December 31st! Help me win the title of favorite Crescent Cook and be entered for the chance to win $5,000! (See more voting details at the end of this post.)* Oh, and y’all better be entering our awesome Food Ninja Contest […]

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Back-to-School Olive Challenge Recipe Roundup

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My girls love olives, and not just because they love popping them onto the tips of their fingers.  They think they are candy, and I’m not about to try and change their minds.  Olives are a great source of monounsaturated fat, iron, Vitamin E, copper, and dietary fiber. With children returning to school, I thought […]

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Rice & Olive Salad

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Rice & Olive Salad 4 servings 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup leftover steamed rice (I used Japanese white medium-grain) 1/2 cup Lindsay Large Pitted Black Ripe Olives, halved 1/3 cup pine nuts 1 large Roma tomato, diced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley For the vinaigrette: 1 1/2 tablespoons olive […]

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Kyuri Asa-zuke (Japanese Lightly Pickled Cucumbers)

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Kyuri Asa-zuke (Japanese Lightly Pickled Cucumbers) 2 – 3 Japanese cucumbers/3 – 4 mini (seedless) cucumbers (about 10.5 ounces/300 grams) 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 1 1/2 inches kombu, cut into thin shreds with kitchen shears 7 tablespoon water 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1. Wash the cucumbers and pat […]

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Lazy Mama Edamame

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Lazy Mama Edamame Makes as much or as little as you want! Frozen edamame (in pods) Coarse salt (either kosher salt or coarse sea salt) 1. Place the amount of edamame you want to eat in a heatproof bowl.  Pour boiling water over them (enough so that the pods are […]

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Noriko’s Chirashi Sushi

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Chirashi Sushi Makes 4 – 6 servings 12 inches kampyo 2 large dried shiitake mushrooms 1.25 inches lotus root 1/2 carrot, sliced into thin matchsticks (not quite julienne but close!) 10 ounces dashi 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons mirin 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 ounces sushi vinegar (if you don’t have sushi vinegar, use 3 […]

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Zakkoku Mai Onigiri—Japanese Mixed Grain Rice Balls

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Inevitably when I make a pot of rice to go along with dinner we don’t eat it all.  More often than not, the rice that is left over isn’t enough to accompany another meal.  So what to do with that little bit of leftover rice?  This conundrum presented itself the other day after we had […]

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