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Egg & Avocado Toast—Let’s E.A.T.!

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You know the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”?  Well I say use one of the lemons and make egg and avocado toast instead.  Over the past few weeks life has gone from normal crazy to crazy crazy.  The Fuji family is moving.  Everything has happened very quickly, so life has consisted of […]

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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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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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Roasted Mushrooms & Kabocha Squash

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Have you voted yet today? You can vote once every day between now and December 31st! Help me win the title of favorite Crescent Cook and be entered for the chance to win $5,000!  **Apparently you have to fill out the entire form below the pictures and set up an account. I didn’t know that, […]

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How to make handmade udon noodles—it’s easier than you might think!

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Handmade Udon Noodles Recipe adapted from Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking, by Harumi Kurihara Makes 4 servings 4 teaspoons salt 8 ounces (1 cup) warm water 2 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour bread flour, for dusting (in step 6) 1. Add the salt to the warm water and stir until […]

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Slow Cooker Chicken Gohan Stew

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Slow Cooker Chicken Gohan Stew Makes 6 – 8 servings 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 – 4 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced 6 cups chicken broth 5 ounces frozen green peas, defrosted 5 ounces carrots, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks 3/4 cup uncooked Japanese rice 3 tablespoons soy sauce […]

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Tofu Steak

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Tofu Steak Makes 4 servings (3.75 ounces each) 15 ounce block extra firm tofu (it is fine if your tofu block is slightly smaller or larger) salt and pepper 2 tablespoons grated or finely minced garlic 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 – 4 tablespoons sesame oil Toppings/garnishes of choice: soy sauce, ponzu, sambal oelek, grated […]

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