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Bento Diaries #9

 

 

It’s been a while, but are you ready for more Japanese cooking and bento making? This week I’m featuring the 9th recipe from Makikoh Itoh’s Just Bento cook book, Chicken Kijiyaki Bento. This was an easy bento to make. Read more…

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Bento Diaries #8

 

 

So I fell off last week and didn’t post, though I did make a bento : )))  So this week in my chronicles of bento making is Soboro Bento. I have been eating and traveling to Japan for over 17 years now and I can honestly say I have not had this. Read more…

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Bento Diaries #7

 

 

So making these bentos are taking some work. I have to say it’s not the quickest easiest thing in the world to do, but I love doing it so much. I just know it will get easier. I enjoy copying Makiko Itoh’s pictures as well to make sure my bento boxes look pretty pretty pretty. That is one of the wonderful arts of bento box making is the cool arrangements. What kid doesn’t want to open their lunch box and see that mom or dad made them an edible piece of art. Read more…

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Bento Diaries #6

 

 

My adventure in learning to make yummy Japanese food bento boxes take me to recipe #6, Chicken Kara-age Bento, in Makiko Itoh’s Just Bento cook book. Who doesn’t love fried chicken! The green onion sauce she puts on this kara-age is just delicious and I didn’t need to have any tonkatsu sauce to dip my chicken in. Chicken recipes are are a dime a dozen, but I have always loved this Japanese fried chicken meal. Read more…

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Bento Diaries #5

 

 

Post number five for my ventures in Japanese cooking and making the infamous bento box.

So I’m about to write something that I normally won’t write. I used pork for a recipe. I typically substitute turkey tenderloin sliced very thin, but honestly I couldn’t find it at the farmer’s market I went to.   I decided to say hello to my little piggy friend and see how it taste to then compare my turkey tenderloin next time. Read more…

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Bento Diaries #4

 

 

Bento Diaries continues with the fourth diary in the adventures of learning how to make the perfect Japanese bento box. These little mini-hamburgers are SOOOO good. I loved the taste the touch of nutmeg gave the hamburgers. I used ground turkey meat (dark meat). I bought my little flower cut outs online. She gives great advice on how to pre-make these and freeze the burgers, which will make it easy to make this bento box again quickly down the road. I didn’t do that this time because my husband ATE THEM ALL before I could. Next time I will double the recipe and freeze some. Practice makes perfect folks. Join me in learning how to make bento and check out Makiko Itoh’s book The Just Bento Cookbook.  Read more…

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Bento Diaries #3

 

Just in case you have not been following my journey so far, let me recap. I bought a bento cook book in English last year when I lived in Japan by Makiko Itoh called The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go.   If you are not familiar with the Japanese lunch boxes called bento, catch up and read this.  The bento is another great place to see and learn what Japanese food is all about. It is WAY more than sushi like we are taught to perceive in the West. Read more…

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Bento Diaries #2

 

 

My adventures into the world of making healthy and beautiful bento boxes continues. The next recipe in Makiko Itoh’s book Just Bento is Tamagoyaki Bento. I fortunately already have the tamagoyaki pan, which you can find at any local Japanese or Asian grocer.  I love making Tamagoyaki, and I’m getting really good at it. My neighbor Aiko from Osaka gave me some lessons about a month ago, so I’m turning into a tamagoyaki professional. HA Read more…

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Bento Diaries

 

 

While living in Japan last year I bought the bento cook book Just Bento by Makiko Itoh for myself and my girlfriend Keiko to learn how to make bento boxes. Even though I can read Japanese, I wanted something in English to teach me how to make these fancy lovely healthy lunches I love to eat. In Japan you can buy them all over the place, but I wanted to bring my own like my co-workers at the design firm. Read more…

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Turkey Pepperoni

My sister Moya told me about Publix having turkey pepperoni in their deli section. This has revolutionized my life! They have their own brand, but I got the Boar’s Head brand. I have always loved pepperoni mushroom pizza when I was a kid. I gave it up when I gave up pork many many years ago Read more…