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Kagami biraki is a traditional Japanese ceremony to break the ornamental mochi and eat it for good health and fortune for the New Year. To finish off the Japanese New Year celebrations, kagami biraki (鏡開き), literally “opening the mirror,” or breaking of the mochi is usually held on January 11th. What is Kagami Biraki? Kagami

From heart-warming soups, vibrant salads to pressure cooker meals, here you’ll find healthy dinner recipes that will become your favorites year-round!  It’s the New Year! Some of us may still be in the celebrating mode, but many of us are also ready to embark on a healthy reset. After all the eating, drinking, and merrymaking,

What to do with fresh yuzu fruits? Make this delicious Japanese dipping sauce called Yuzu Ponzu (Yuzu Pon)! The homemade version tastes so much better than the store-bought one and it’s so easy to make a big bulk to enjoy later! Yuzu is a popular citrus we enjoy during the winter months in Japan, and

Yuzu is a very precious fruit especially when you live outside of Japan as they are rare and expensive. The zest and juice of yuzu have a wonderful aroma and flavor, and we love using them in Japanese cooking. After juicing yuzu, don’t throw away the peels. Here’s how to store and enjoy yuzu zest. You’re

A perfectly baked sweet potato is one of my favorite side dishes. It’s no-fuss, easy to bake, and packed with vitamins and nutrients. To serve, just dollop with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. A little dash of cinnamon is also delicious. There’s So Many Reasons to Love Baked Sweet Potato Who doesn’t love

My annual holiday gift guide is back! I’ve got so many ideas for you this year, and I think presents wrapped with love are just what we need to amp up the holiday spirit.  For 2021, I’ve assembled gift guides that encompass all sorts of personalities. From cozy minimalists and wellness lovers, to the kitchen

Stuffed mushrooms are always a party favorite, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Soft mushroom caps are stuffed with a cheesy, herby, and garlicky filling. Then baked until golden with crumbled pecans on top. The perfect vegetarian appetizer I’d say! Stuffed Mushrooms – Everyone’s Favorite Holiday Appetizer I swear, every time I bring these stuffed mushrooms

This is the most amazing gluten-free pumpkin cake recipe (if I do say so myself) for the holidays. It’s soft and moist with just the right amount of sweetness and pumpkin flavoring. And the luscious cream cheese frosting really takes it over the top. This Fluffy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Is What Holiday Desserts Are All

Ready to give your Christmas dinner some oomph? I’ve rounded up festive finger foods, the best veggie-heavy sides, and unique sweets and drinks to get you in that joyful mood. I’ve also got a few ideas for the most satiating mains that also present as beautiful centerpieces on your holiday dinner table. For me, Christmas

These are the easiest (and most delicious) banana oatmeal cookies you’ll ever make! They come together with just 3 ingredients and bake into an irresistibly chewy texture that’ll make it hard to stop at one cookie. But that’s okay – these cookies are on the healthier side! The Best 3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookie Recipe