Easiest Seafood Dynamite Appetizer You Will Ever Make

Easiest Seafood Dynamite Appetizer You Will Ever Make

I firmly believe there is a Japanese sushi chef somewhere in California that woke-up one morning and decided to mix a few pieces of fresh sashimi-grade fish and abalone with some mayo, throw in some masago (caviar) for good measure, and baked it all together in his little toaster oven. (Photo Credit: Hideki Ueha) This sushi chef, after tasting one bite of his crazy creation yells at the top of lungs, “D-Y-N-A-M-I-T-O-H!!!!!  Kore wa...

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Sui Gyoza (Boiled Potstickers) Dipped in Ponzu Sauce

Sui Gyoza (Boiled Potstickers) Dipped in Ponzu Sauce

Of all the foods my Mom makes, the more I think about it, the more I’m certain that gyoza, or potstickers, are hands down my favorite dish. Sometimes my Mom would set aside a few gyoza for lunch the next day which she would simply boil in a hot pot of water. It only takes a few minutes for the sui-gyoza to cook, which are quickly drained and then served with a simple sauce of ponzu (citrus – soy dressing) and spiced with Japanese...

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Mummy Dogs; Halloween Here We Come!

Mummy Dogs; Halloween Here We Come!

BOO! Every year around this time, I profess my love for the Halloween holiday and this year is no different. Until I had the little one, Halloween was fun, but now that she’s getting older and Halloween is filled with crafts, decorations, costumes, and of course, candy and treats, it’s even MORE fun. For starters, there’s the costume (hers I mean). This whole year has been all about The Little Mermaid, so not surprisingly, she...

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Komochi Shishamo (Smelt Fish with Many Eggs)

Komochi Shishamo (Smelt Fish with Many Eggs)

Seriously, how could you NOT want to read more about a post entitled “Smelt Fish with Many Eggs”? It’s the perfect “come back” post after a long absence don’t you think? :) [Ok, yes, I am indeed being a little sarcastic.] I considered, the post title “Pregnant Smelt” since that’s almost the literal Japanese to English translation of “Komochi” which means, “fish bearing...

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Kabocha Korokke: Japanese Winter Squash Croquette

Kabocha Korokke: Japanese Winter Squash Croquette

Kabocha, or Japanese winter squash (also referred to as pumpkin), is a vegetable that I never really appreciated. It was only in my young adulthood that I grew to love very thinly sliced pieces of kabocha fried with a light tempura batter. (Photo Credit: Hideki Ueha) Although I have vivid childhood memories of my Mom cooking kabocha-ni, which is simmered squash, sadly, this was a Japanese dish that I never enjoyed, yet these days I find myself...

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Prime Rib & Beef Tenderloin from Christmases Past

Prime Rib & Beef Tenderloin from Christmases Past

Once again, despite all my early preparations, Christmas seems to have just crept up behind us as I take care of last minute details, and it’s now less than a day away. The excitement in our household is high, yet Bebe E is sad that her Elf will return to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, and she will not return until next year’s holiday season. It was magical having our little Elf stay with us during this special season. I admit, it...

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Pumpkin Dip & The Fable of Stone Soup

Pumpkin Dip & The Fable of Stone Soup

I’m not sure about everyone else, but I definitely feel like the holidays are upon us. Yet, at the same time, I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year. This week flew by so fast, and was filled with so many things, I feel like I didn’t get to half the things I needed to do. However, despite the “holiday crunch” that I’m starting to feel, yesterday I spent a fabulous hour with Bebe E, during...

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My Moms Japanese Style Egg Rolls

My Moms Japanese Style Egg Rolls

As the title of this post implies, I made fried food! It was somewhat impulsive. I was cleaning out our freezer and I came across a pack of Nanka Seimen egg roll wrappers that I purchased quite a long time ago. To be honest, I'm not even sure when I bought these, but after defrosting them, they didn't have any noticeable freezer burn so I didn't want them to go to waste. I remembered a type of egg roll that my Mom used to make for us when...

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