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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Cheater Cheese Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) and Bento Safety

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Tamagoyaki (卵焼き), which translates literally to mean “grilled egg,” is a Japanese omelette made by rolling up many thin layers of cooked seasoned egg.  Tamagoyaki is sweet and savory and is served for breakfast, as nigirizushi, and is very popular in bento lunches—so it is the perfect dish for my Bento Buddy series!

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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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Baked Apples à la Mode

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Autumn tends to turn up the intensity on the nostalgia meter for me.  Growing up in sunny southern California, I was always wistful for true autumn, which never seemed to hit with full force, and when it did appear at all, it was late in the season.  Maybe this is why my parents always planned […]

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Dairy Free Sweet Potato Soft Cream

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I have two favorite flavors of soft cream (i.e. soft serve) in Japan: black sesame and sweet potato.  If you had told me a little over 10 years ago that I would be saying that, I would have laughed at you.  But 10 years ago this month Mr. Fuji and I moved to Japan for […]

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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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California Avocado Pops

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Creamy sweet cold avocado pops make a fantastic treat on days when temperatures have you wishing for an ice bath to cool you off.  You only need 4 ingredients and less than 5 minutes to them whip up before they go into the freezer to set.  Easy, right?

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Lucy’s Sunshine Sammies

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This month we decided that Lucy should celebrate Earth Day with a special sandwich art project.  Yes, Earth Day was yesterday, but at least Lucy was on the ball and celebrated on time!  Earth Day is an annual celebration held on April 22nd.  Events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s […]

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Brown Rice Yaki Onigiri with Bacon and Avocado

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Yaki onigiri (grilled Japanese rice balls) are one of my favorite comfort foods.  I recently whipped up a batch, using brown rice instead of white rice to help us get an extra serving of whole grains into our day.  Then I topped the onigiri with a bit of bacon and chunks of creamy avocado.  Grilled […]

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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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