Exploring the Oirase Gorge & Lake Towada, Japan

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Sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization). Towada, Japan The next stop on my Japan adventure was to the city of Towada which sits in the foothills of the Hakkoda mountains in Aomori Prefecture.  The city includes part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  First stop on […]

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Harvest Salsa

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Sponsored by RW Garcia. It’s falllll!!!!  Some of my favorite flavors are in season, like pumpkin, sweet potato, and apple, so you know that I can’t help myself and am putting those ingredients in everything.  I have partnered up with RW Garcia, makers of my favorite crackers, to whip up something fall-inspired for you.  I dreamed up […]

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Exploring Aomori, Japan

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I returned a couple of weeks ago from a dream trip to Japan, sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).  You all know that Japan is my happy place, so to be asked to go and explore a new (to me) part of Japan so that I could share it with you? Yes please, […]

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Fall Issue of Twist Travel Magazine—Bento Tips!

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Do you have any fun fall trips planned?  This fall I am mostly planning trips in my head.  We are in the middle of building a house and are down to the last few weeks, so leaving town isn’t a very good idea!  Whether you’ve got a trip planned or not, the fall issue of […]

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Avocado Pineapple Agua Fresca

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Last week was Squirrel and Bug’s first week back to school.  Squirrel is in the fifth grade and Bug is in the third grade.  (How did they get so old?!?) Usually I am just as excited for those first few days of school as they are.  I look forward to the return of routine, but […]

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Summer Bibimbap

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Written in partnership with California Avocados. Bibimbap (“bee-beem-bawp”)…saw that 4 times fast and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face.  It does mine!  It’s just a fun word.  But it’s an even better dish and one of my all-time favorite foods!  It’s a Korean rice bowl, and I’ve got a reimagined version […]

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Chilean Hot Dogs (Completo)

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This post is a collaboration with Lightlife. It has been hot, hot, hot this summer.  August is about the time that I no longer want to even look at my stove, let along my oven.  It’s just too darn hot and I’m sick of the heat.  So I usually convince Mr. Fuji to do some […]

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Avocado Chow Chow Relish

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Have you had chow chow before?  No, I’m not talking puppy chow or misspelling “ciao” . . . I’m talking about the Southern condiment, a sweet and sour relish that adds a pop of color and a ton of flavor to whatever you add it to.  I’m sharing my recipe, with a California twist over […]

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Pie & (Root) Beer Day

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Monday was Pioneer Day here in Utah.  Pioneer Day is an official state holiday that is celebrated on July 24th every year to commemorate the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into Utah’s Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and celebrate the bravery of the original settlers.  A few years ago […]

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Cashew Cream Cheese & Snacking with RW Garcia

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This post is written in partnership with RW Garcia. Summertime!!!! Some of my favorite things about summertime are food/eating related. (Though I could say that about any season, ha!)  I love going on picnics, having a barbecue, the Fourth of July, and enjoying all of the fresh produce that is available in abundance.  Bring on […]

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