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Chocolate Caramel Cashew Spread—Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Fuji friends!!  I hope you are having a wonderful day.  I am currently sitting at my desk typing this in my pajamas.  Our older girls go back to school tomorrow, so we are making the most of being comfortable and hanging out together.  Last night Mr. Fuji’s family came over to celebrate […]

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Vegan Schaum Brötle (German meringue cookies)

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Last week I wrote a piece for Today’s Mama, that went live this week, about my great-grandmother’s recipe for schaum brötle, a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth, German meringue cookie that is full of chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and a hint of lemon zest that brightens the flavors.  Writing about those cookies had my mouth-watering, so I decided […]

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Apple Raspberry Crisp

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One of the reasons that I love fall is that it is apple season and I love apples.  I’ve been wishing for a bite of a Japanese apple (a little over a year ago I was in Japan experiencing the famous apples of the Aomori region), so decided that a good apple dessert would have to […]

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Hummus Herb Dressing

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I thought that Monkey loved salad.  But I was wrong.  Monkey only loves salad when it’s dressed in my hummus herb dressing.  So really, I guess the more accurate statement is that Monkey loves hummus herb dressing.  I started making hummus dressing last year by combining hummus, ume plum vinegar, and water together.  Then, about […]

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Not Butter Chicken Curry

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We have a deep-rooted love for Indian food in our family.  In fact, it was my last meal when I was in labor with Squirrel before she was born and my last meal the night before Bug was born.  One of our favorites is butter chicken, but since I don’t eat chicken anymore, it’s been […]

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Chocolate Truffle Pie with Triple Berry Sauce

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Happy Friday Pie Day my friends! (And how is it possible that it is already September?!?)  I am both loving and hating having my older girls back in school.  I love it because it lends a bit more structure to our days and gives them more opportunities to see friends, but I hate it because […]

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Vegan Japanese Potato Salad

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Potato salad is a classic summer food in my mind.  It goes so perfectly with other picnic foods or foods that you might cook on the grill.  My FAVORITE style of potato salad is Japanese potato salad, which I’ve written about before.  

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Chickpea Salad Wraps

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Post brought to you by BFree Foods. I recently went out to lunch with a friend and had a delicious chickpea salad (like a chicken salad) and have been craving it ever since.  So when I received a box of goodies from BFree Foods to try out, I decided it was the perfect excuse to […]

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Vegan Japanese-Style Mayonnaise (Hemp or Cashew . . . You Pick!)

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I have praised the virtues of Japanese mayonnaise before, and Kewpie mayonnaise (a Japanese brand) has been gaining a cult following in the US over recent years.  What makes Japanese mayo unique?  It is super creamy, slightly sweeter than American mayo, uses only egg yolks instead of whole eggs, uses rice vinegar instead of lemon […]

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Instant Pot Ratatouille and a Vegan French Feast

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During the summer of 1998 I was in Rome when France beat Italy in the final game of the FIFA World Cup.  Europe is a super fun place to be during the World Cup, with large screens and chairs set up in town squares, and lots of excitement in general (even if you happen to […]

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