Air-Fried Charred Shishito Peppers + Power AirFryer XL Review

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Post in partnership with Tristar Products Inc. I had never heard of shishito peppers, let alone taste one, until we moved to Japan for the first time in 2002.  Since then I have been making up for lost time, eating them whenever I can get my hands on them.  My favorite way to eat them […]

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Vegan Nikujaga (Japanese Meat & Potatoes)

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Nikujaga (“nee-koo-jyah-gah”) is a classic Japanese comfort food, something that every household makes a bit differently so that everyone craves the way their mom makes it.  Nikujaga literally translates to mean “meat-potato” or meat and potatoes.  It’s a dish of meat and potatoes cooked in a sweetened soy sauce.  Variations abound.  Beef is generally used, […]

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Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing (a Trader Joe’s Copycat)

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The people have spoken.  This is a recipe I worked on for myself, but after posting a picture of it on a salad on Instagram I got so many DMs from people asking if I was going to post it that I figured it would be cruel not to share.  Trader Joe’s has some dressings […]

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Marinated Scallions — Negi No Doresshingu Zuke

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My friend Noriko makes the best marinated naga negi (negi no doresshingu zuke . . . “dressing preserved onions”).  She has made them the last couple of times we have visited and I’ve had to restrain myself from being rude and eating the whole batch.  

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Pineapple Ginger Agua Fresca with Moscow Muled

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Written in partnership with Moscow Muled. Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope your day is a good one so far.  Monkey added a new word to her growing repertoire: kitty.  She heard our cat meowing on the stairs and ran over to the banister and said “Hi kitty!” while she waived.  Best Valentine’s Day gift ever!  […]

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Roasted Sweet Potato Onigiri Burrito + How To Bento It

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Have you had a sushi burrito (sushirrito) before?  I’ve been seen them pop up on menus more and more over the past few years.  I love them.  I think they’re fun!  An on-the-go sushi roll makes sense.  The other day I decided to whip one up, but was out of rice vinegar, so couldn’t make […]

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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

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Why didn’t the mother potato want her daughter to marry the famous newscaster?  Because he was a commentator.  Bahahahahahaha!  Ok, sorry, I’ve got kids, remember?  I currently live in the land of corny jokes!  But in all honestly, I don’t think that “common-taters” exist.  I love all taters.  But sweet potaters do take the tater […]

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Easy Peanut Sauce + Farm to Table Asian Secrets Book Review

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Happy February Fuji friends!  I’ve got a cookbook that I’ve been meaning to share for months.  It has been mean of me to keep it from you, because it’s a good one!  Farm to Table Asian Secrets: Vegan & Vegetarian Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season by Patricia Tanumihardja.  I’ve tried a ton of recipes from the […]

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Fuji Nana’s Get-Up-And-Go Oatmeal

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When I think about oatmeal I always think about Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, because Bert loves oatmeal.  I always thought Bert was a bit boring, but I do agree with him on oatmeal.  I love oatmeal.  Actually, I love oats in general.  So when my mom introduced me to her “Get-Up-And-Go” Oatmeal this […]

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Bring Your Family Back to the Table

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When is the last time your family ate dinner together?  When was the last time you struggled to figure out what to make for dinner?  Or looked at the clock, only to realize it was already 5pm and you had no idea what dinner was going to be?  In this crazy busy world I know […]

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