Healthy California Roll

Just roll with it, it’s a sushi party for everyone!

I’ve got two kids 5 and under so “just roll with it” is a motto that I have to live by.  For instance, the fact that my son Ryan keeps ...


Japanese New Year, the Kimoto way…

Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. あけましておめでとうございます。 Being Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese born in the US) means that our Japanese New Year celebrations are a mix of both the traditional ...

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Simple Teriyaki Sauce

I thought I’d post this recipe because it’s basic, it’s easy and I want people to know that authentic Japanese Teriyaki Sauce does NOT contain any thickener like cornstarch or ...



Pan Fried Trout with Soy Sauce and Lemon

I’ve grown up in a fishing family so this recipe isn’t really ...

Easy-peasy Bento Box ideas!

All week long on my FB page, I’ve been posting my kids bento ...
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It’s Mochi 101, a Japanese New Year’s tradition!

I can hardly believe New Year’s has come and gone, it seemed ...



Pan Fried Trout with Soy Sauce and Lemon

I’ve grown up in a fishing family so this recipe isn’t really a recipe to me – it’s just the way we eat our trout.  I would say we aren’t exactly sport fisherman because we don’t like to catch and release.  When you are fishing with our family the goal is to catch fish (no […]

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4th of July easy-peasy Berry Jello!

This super simple Berry Jello recipe is really great for any time of year but with the vibrant red color of the raspberry jello and the blackberries and blueberries, it makes for a perfect 4th of July festive dish. I also love the it has a very light sour cream based topping instead of a […]

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Easy-peasy Bento Box ideas!

All week long on my FB page, I’ve been posting my kids bento box lunch ideas! I like to make them the night before (except when cutting up certain fruits, adding things that are frozen or need to be warmed up) to save me time in the morning because we’re always rushing out the door.  My […]

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BBQ Beef Tenderloin Teriyaki with Arugula, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Asian Pear and Avocado Salad

We don’t often have red meat so when we do, I like to splurge and buy a really good beef tenderloin.  I’m a stickler for not over cooking mine so my husband Dave has learned that rare means “almost walking”. The teriyaki sauce for this tender beef tenderloin is something I always have in the […]

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Onigiri and Roasted Seaweed, the Perfect Anytime-Snack!

Are you familiar with those shaped rice balls that are sometimes filled with pickled Japanese plum (umeboshi), meat, fish or vegetables and are covered with seaweed at the Japanese grocery stores? If you don’t know what these perfect little snacks on-the-go are, they’re called onigiri (おにぎり) or o-musubi (おむすび).  They are simple ‘gohan’ or rice balls rolled into triangle, […]

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Delicious Spinach Gomaae!

This recipe for Spinach Gomaae (Sesame Sauce) is super easy.  I love it because you can literally eat an entire bag of spinach in one sitting. The sugar gives it a delicate sweetness and I can’t get enough of sesame flavor. I think this recipe turns out best when you grind your own fresh sesame […]

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Soba with Dipping Sauce, Sweet Chili Chicken and Salad with Ponzu Sauce

Noodles are definitely an integral part of Japanese culture and something I grew up eating frequently (and not just Top Ramen!). Even as a fourth generation Japanese-American, my mom would make traditional Udon for New Year’s with dashi soup stock, kamaboko (fish cake), green onions, nori strips and half a soft-boiled egg for topping. The […]

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“Experience the Marukan Difference” Giveaway

So excited that Marukan will be hosting my first giveaway! Take your taste buds on an adventure with a Japanese gourmet treat that brings out the flavor in your favorite foods. Food takes on a new life with Marukan Rice Vinegar. Use it in dressings, dips, sauces, sushi and seasoning veggies, seafood, poultry and beef! […]

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Superbowl Crispy Teriyaki Wings

This is a Superbowl Sunday favorite! My mom’s crispy teriyaki wings are so addicting, I can guarantee no one will eat just one… Okasan’s (Mom’s) Chicken Delicious Wings Makes 40 wings     I try not to serve fried food to my kids but my mom’s recipe for these are best extra crispy. Unfortunately, this […]

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It’s Mochi 101, a Japanese New Year’s tradition!

I can hardly believe New Year’s has come and gone, it seemed like our annual mochi making tradition came so quickly.  This year, most of my family came down with the Christmas cold, so my mom and I had some bonding time and made mochi all morning the day after New Year’s.  We documented everything […]

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