types of bonito flakes

What Is Bonito or Bonito Flakes?

Katsuobushi is fermented and smoked skipjack tuna shaved very thinly and used as a topping for popular Japanese dishes like takoyaki or combined with kelp to make dashi. But there’s a lot to learn about bonito flakes, like how it’s made and the different flavor profiles for each type of katsuobushi.  Why do we make bonito and bonito flakes? Bonito…

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spicy edamame with chili, garlic, ginger

Spicy Edamame w/ Chili, Garlic & Ginger

My savory and spicy edamame recipe is full of garlicky goodness and spicy flavors that will make your mouth explode. Learn how to make this easy snack in under 10 minutes, and I dare you to share! What is edamame? Edamame are unripened soybeans that are whole green beans and come in a similarly colored pod. Once cooked, the beans…

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asian ginger carrot dressing

Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing

Learn how to add some zing to your salad with this fresh ginger dressing that’s healthy and delicious with a bed of crisp greens. Read below for how to prep this 10-minute dressing and what Japanese foods pair best.  What is ginger salad dressing? If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant, you might be familiar with this bright and…

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asian coleslaw w/ sesame vinaigrette

Asian Coleslaw w/ Sesame Vinaigrette Dressing

Asian coleslaw is a colorful and fresh salad made with a tangy and savory sesame and rice wine vinegar vinaigrette. Learn how to make this healthy coleslaw and mix and match ingredients based on your preference below. What is Asian coleslaw? While not entirely from Asia, this Asian-inspired coleslaw is made with flavors and ingredients most commonly used in Asian…

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Spam fried rice bowl

Easy Spam Fried Rice Recipe

Have some leftover rice in the fridge and want to make an easy meal? Learn how to make my homemade teriyaki sauce and four tips on how to get the best Spam fried rice in under 30 minutes.  Who put Spam in fried rice? Since its creation by Hormel Foods in 1937 and use in US militarization during WWII, Spam…

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matcha cookies w white chocolate chips and sesame

Matcha Cookies w/ White Chocolate Chips

These matcha cookies taste rich and earthy, with added complexity from the browned butter, sweetness from the white chocolate chips, and nuttiness from the black sesame seeds. Learn how to get the chewiest matcha cookies with my tried and true methods below. Why matcha in cookies? Matcha is a type of green tea that has gained a lot of popularity…

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Caraway cookware set

Caraway Cookware Review (Frying Pan & Dutch Oven)

Eschewing traditional nonstick coatings like Teflon, Caraway’s cookware is coated with ceramic made from naturally sourced minerals. Caraway cookware is heavily promoted by influencers as healthier nonstick, so I bought and tested Caraway’s 11.8″ sauté pan, and their 6.5 qt. Dutch Oven to prove whether this claim was true.

Washington DC capitol buliding

The 10 Best Restaurants To Try In Washington DC

it’s more known for being a political and historical metropolis, we were pleasantly surprised at how diverse and tasty the food options were at the nation’s capitol. Here are some of our favorite restaurants and food stops we loved eating during our trip.

Made-In cookware on a stovetop

Made In Cookware Review

It’s hard to avoid Made In Cookware’s pop-up ads. Similar to Caraway and Misen, Made In cuts out retailers and sells directly to consumers. Made In has set itself up as a direct competitor with the pricey All-Clad. So curiosity piqued, I bought and tested three Made In pans, and they proved to be a worthy and much less expensive alternate to All-Clad.

stack of 3 Greenpans

GreenPan Cookware Review (Testing 3 Pans In-Depth)

GreenPan has its share of admirers and detractors. For people who love the GreenPan, it’s non-toxic, nonstick cookware that’s 100% free of harmful chemicals that can leach into our bodies. Then, there are other people who believe that GreenPan’s claim that it’s the healthier cookware is a scam. However, GreenPan is pretty much loved globally for its unique ceramic non-Teflon coating and solid construction.

nigiri vs sashimi

Sushi vs Nigiri vs Sashimi: What’s The Difference?

Have you ever felt intimidated about going to a sushi restaurant or are confused about how to order sushi? Learn the basics between nigiri sushi and sashimi with this post and expand your sushi knowledge beyond the popular California roll or spicy tuna roll!  “Sushi” meaning & the most popular types of sushi Sushi technically refers to the prepared sushi…

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hand rolls, cut roll, nigiri and inari

Sushi Guide for Beginners: What To Try & Dining Etiquette

Want to try sushi but don’t know where to start? This post will teach you what to expect when you eat at a sushi restaurant, different types of sushi for beginners, how much to order, and other sushi etiquette. You’ll be a sushi addict in no time! What is sushi? Sushi is a famous Japanese dish made of seasoned, vinegared…

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