Apr 1

Out of town + a giveaway!!

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The Fuji family is currently out of town.  We just got to Utah earlier today to visit family for Easter.  We actually left yesterday, but a snow storm in Southern Utah convinced us to stop for the night in St. George, Utah, and finish the drive this morning.

Snow in Southern UtahDistressed Squirrel

To keep you busy while I’m recooperating after spending 10 hours in the car trying to keep Squirrel and Bug entertained, I thought a giveaway might be fun!  I’m a huge fan of all things Zojirushi—having fallen in love with the quality of their products while living in Japan.

zojirushi logo

The wonderful people over at Zojirushi have graciously offered to spread the love around and sponsor a giveaway!  I’ve got not one, but THREE things for you to win!  The first thing up for grabs is a Stainless Steel Food Jar.  This is one of Zojirushi’s newest products.  I don’t personally own one of these, but they look awesome!  The jar uses vacuum insulation to keep foods or beverages hot.

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Food Jar

The second item you could win is a Ms. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar.  I do own one of these, as well as a Mini Bento Lunch Jar, and I love them both.  I often pack one or both filled with lunch or snacks when I go on outings with the girls.  The Ms. Bento is a washable container, with two microwaveable inner bowls, chopsticks, chopsticks holder and an easy-to-carry bag that everything fits into.

Ms Bento Stainless Lunch Jar

The third item you could win is a Micom Rice Cooker  & Warmer.  I don’t know what I would do without our rice cooker.  The wonderful thing about these higher quality rice cookers is that you always get perfect rice—no parts that are mushy or crunchy.  Even better is the fact that the rice will stay fresh in the cooker for at least 24 hours.  At our house this means that we always have fresh rice on hand, which is important considering Squirrel eats onigiri about 3 times a week.

Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer

To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite rice dish!  I will keep the comments open until Thursday, April 8th, 10 PM PST, and announce the three winners (using a random number generator) on Friday, April 9th.  This giveaway is open to US addresses ONLY.  You’re only allowed ONE entry per person.  GOOD LUCK!!

UPDATE 4/9/10: The winners have been announced!

Amber April 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

My favorite rice dish? I made some Indian food last week that is on the top of my list, it’s served over rice….

Look at those gorgeous blue eyes on Squirrel!! She’s adorable! Have fun in Utah, hope you can still find some Easter eggs despite the snow!

Meg April 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Ooh, I do love so many rice dishes. Right now my favorite has got to be Thai Chicken Curry. I always like more rice to chicken/veggie ratio.

Aren’t those food jars great looking? I think if I don’t win one, I will be purchasing one. :)

Have a wonderful Easter!

Gastronomer April 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Favorite rice dish? I like to eat Jasmine rice with Vietnamese braised pork (http://gastronomyblog.com/2007/03/20/thit-kho/). Thanks for sharing the bounty!

Allison Day April 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

My favorite rice dish? Why, sushi, of course! Hands down! :D

Diego Portillo April 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Does Arroz con Leche (or rice pudding, as the US version is known) count? If not, I must say I have recently fallen in love with black rice (rice with squid and squid ink)

Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle April 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The first time I made this Mexican style rice dish I almost ate the whole thing before company came. I was looking for a mexican rice dish assuming tomatoes and green peppers but found this amazing Mexican dish with cilantro and serrano peppers. Soooo good!


Maria April 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I love SUSHI ROLLS! Mmmmm!
I was in St. George all last week! I am sad I missed you. I live in Salt Lake.

Sara April 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

What a fun giveaway Rachael! For a rice dish, I’d have to say lamb biryani. I love the myriad of flavors. Have a great time in Utah and safe travels!

notabrownbag April 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I love a good takikomi gohan…yumyum. I think it’s the delish flavours of dried shitaake mushrooms that makes this dish so full of umami!

Krystal April 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I’m in love with Chiptole’s Lime-Cilantro rice….but I mainly love white rice just as it is, too!

Marisa @All in Good Food April 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I hope you are enjoying your visit, sorry about the snow storm.

This is a geat giveaway and thanks so much for offering it.

I guess I am a very simple person and I love a good chicken fried rice dish. I would love shrimp but alas I am allergic to shellfish but that’s ok I have adapted.

JulieD April 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I love rice with just about everything! One of my favorites right now is a beef stir-fry with ginger-oyster sauce served with jasmine rice.

megan April 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

love this blog! hoep you have a fun trip and can’t wait to see what your cookin’ when you get back!

my favorite rice dish is definitely bibimbap, the korean powerhouse of pickled veg, runny egg, and spicy gochujang (pepper paste) over delicious, CRUSTY rice. (not crusty bad, crusty good – like browned and crispy from the dolsot [stone pot] the dish is made in.) YUM!

thanks for hosting the giveaway!

merry jennifer April 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

My favorite rice dish is sort of a category of rice dishes…risotto!

Jennifer April 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

My favorite rice dish would have to be kimchi and rice! I crave it all the time!!

robyn April 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

First I have to say, SNOW?!!!! Of course, though you are in UT. One year when we were in school it snowed on May 31 and then again on August 3rd. I couldn’t believe it. ANd, I can’t tell you how much I love SoCal.

Rice, hmmm, putting down a favorite is really hard. We love rice, in all varieties. But if I had to say my fave, I’d pick a garlic, parmesan and mushroom risotto.

amy April 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

i have to go with fried rice, i love it!

Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro April 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

My favorite is when Mr. RGBistro makes sushi rice, then tops it off with sushi-grade fish from the local fish market. [K]

Emily April 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I have to choose just one rice dish? Really? How about everything that everyone has said so far. Holy cow I’m hungry. Lately it’s been all about the bean and rice burritos. But then there’s the chicken and rice soup. My kid’s just eat rice plain for whatever, mostly because I forget to feed them. I also like it mixed with lavender, stuffed between two layers of linen, microwaved for two minutes and then gently laid on top of my stressed out forehead!

Dario April 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I fell in love with kuri gohan and osekihan made by my girlfriend’s mom, Yukiko.
They are so amazing in their simplicity.

Kitchen Runway April 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

What a fun giveaway! My favorite dish is the same as Gastronomer’s =) Jasmine rice with Vietnamese Braised Beef…it’s a childhood favorite and it just pure comfort.

qsogirl April 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

wow, what a fantastic giveaway! I guess I don’t know a lot of rice dishes, but I do love to have rice with the mirin sauce from the chicken katsu recipe that Zakka Life guest-posted about a long time ago.
Thanks for the chance to win one of these great giveaways!

Caroline April 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Nothing better than simple steamed rice, maybe steamed with pandan leaves.

Have fun in Utah!

malia April 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

i love fried rice and can eat it everyday. it’s a great way to stretch leftover meat.

Jamina April 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Chicken rice with Hainan chicken.

Frieda April 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Rice on demand? Cool! I have just recently learned to looooove brown rice. I love it with General Tsao’s chicken.

sheri April 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Mmmm, that’s such a tough one, with so many choices! I’m gonna say rice pudding with cardamom and rosewater, which I’ve never tried to make yet but really really want to! Have a great trip!

Melinda April 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

My favorite rice dish is a simple stir fry… white or brown rice with veggies, a little meat(chicken, pork, or beef) and lite sauce. I’m also a sucker for fried rice. =)

Fuji Nana April 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Brrr…it looks cold where you are! It’s lovely and warm here in Southern California. The sky is blue, the grass is green, the birds are chirping….but I digress.

Old-fashioned rice pudding. Yep. Definitely my favorite rice dish.

Paula - bell'alimento April 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

My favorite rice dish, well you know that’s RISOTTO! But I’m a big fan of your rice balls as well ; )

Sherri April 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm
A Cupcake For Moose April 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I’m love Three Delights at our favorite Thai restaurant, Jasmine Thai. A mix of shrimp, chicken, pork, veggies pineapple and rice. Yummmmm!
-Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

Sue April 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Rice pilaf! Fried rice is good too:)

Lyndsey April 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

OMG my rice cooker quit working and I still can’t bring myself to throw it out. My husband took a look at it and made it worse. Oh well, maybe it’s a sign, hehe!

My daughter’s favorite rice dish is sticky rice with yasai fumi furikake sprinkled on it. I like fried rice because (sometimes) it uses up stuff in the fridge. My husband likes black beans and rice.

Have a wonderful trip, Utah look gorgeous! My daughter got to see her first snowfall at Christmas when we went to Michigan to visit family!

Love the bento jar too!

Alessa April 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I love salted fish and chicken fried rice. It stinks but is soooo yummy!

Anna April 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Nothing beats Jamie Oliver’s cauliflower risotto topped with toasted bread crumbs in oil and dried chilis. Yummm

Shannie B April 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I love rice and we eat it often. My poor little rice cooker can hardly keep up! LOL My favorite rice dish is salmon onigiri topped with a little bit of black sesame and sea salt. *swoon*

Joy April 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

As a family, we live off of rice. Personally I love the simplest form, a little rice fried with a little oil and garlic.

elicia April 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

A hot bowl of rice with an egg on top is my backup meal and is always satisfying. Sometimes I even wish that I could take it to work!

Tricia April 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I love rice pudding but recently I have really loved making spanish rice and I think we’ve had it almost once a week! :D

Eugenia April 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm

It’s so hard to choose…. maybe Thai fried rice?

Doris April 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I love bacon fried rice. We always get some when we go to LA and shop at Marukai in Gardena. I know its easy to make but…

ravenouscouple April 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

what an amazing giveaway and so nice of Zojirushi! Our favorite rice dish..is vietnamese broken rice, com tam, which the rice cooker does a perfect job on everytime!

bunkycooks April 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

My hubby makes a mean fried rice! It is pretty awesome.

java April 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

My favorite rice dish….Paella Valenciana, yellow rice with seafood, pork,chicken,vegetables and safron.
good luck in your trip, and bring new recipes….

Katherine April 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I’m Korean-American, so I would have to say definitely bibimbop… It is delicious and satisfying, esp when it’s served in a bowl made of stone. YUM!

Lisa K April 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

My favorite is rice and split yellow dal, cooked together. Mmm. Total comfort food!

Neal April 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm

My favorite rice dish is Jackie’s Ginger Chicken. Yum!


home scratch April 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm

A good ol’ basmati herbed rice. So delicious and it goes with everything!

judy April 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Indian rice pudding with cardamom

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