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Lucky Rice Cookthrough: Japanese Pancakes

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Happy Wednesday, Noshers!  I’ve been a little MIA lately as I recover from a pretty awesome weekend trip (er…two weekends ago) to Sedona and Scottsdale. I’ll be posting a few photos, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, I’m super excited to share a new project I’ve set up for myself – my very first cookbook cookthrough!

Ok, I’m not sure if that’s a real word, but much like the movie Julie and Julia, I plan to cook every recipe in one of my newest cookbooks.  I’m going easy on myself to start – I don’t have a set time limit (yet…if I start lagging behind, I might set some rules in place), and I’m not cooking the recipes in order. Rather, I’m skimming through and picking recipes that most interest me (but I will try all of them), and more importantly, for which I can find the ingredients.  And the cookbook I’ve chosen for my very first cookthrough is……the Lucky Rice cookbook!

I actually won this book a while back, and when browsing through it, I realized that I wanted to try making every single recipe.  The cookbook features both classic and new takes on Asian dishes, and author Danielle Chang infuses the book with her own personal stories.  It’s a fantastic read!  I also chose this cookbook because I was super-spoiled in NYC with ethnic grocery stores galore, tons and tons of live seafood, and a bustling Chinatown from which to purchase ingredients. I might have to get a little creative in Kansas City, but it should be an interesting challenge!  I’d love if you cooked along with me – it would be so fun for us to cook together and for me to see photos of your cooking! I’ll be tagging my posts/photos with #BigAppleNoshLuckyRice – tag yours as well so I make sure I see them 🙂

The very first recipe I wanted to try was for Japanese Pancakes, or okonomiyaki.  Unlike American pancakes, the Japanese version is savory, with meat, scallions, ketchup, and Kewpie mayo.  My challenges for this recipe was sourcing the Kewpie mayo (which is delish) – I wasn’t able to find it at my local grocery store, but Amazon saved the day (link here).  Yay! Continue Reading

4th of July Cupcake Decorating with Sprouts!

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Happy Wednesday, Noshers!  I recently partnered with Sprouts market for a 4th of July DIY project, where I was given free reign to come up with my own DIY activity related to the holiday. I thought and thought, but the answer was pretty obvious – patriotic CUPCAKES!! I love baking, decorating and most importantly eating sweets, so this was a perfect fit.  Today I’ll be walking you through some cute and patriotic cupcake designs just in time for the holiday :).

But first, let me just rave about how awesome new-to-me Sprouts is – coming from the NYC/NJ area, I’d never been to a Sprouts before.  When I made my way to my local Sprouts to purchase ingredients for this project, I was pleasantly surprised and super impressed with the store – high quality produce at amazing prices, hard-to-find fruit (including my favorite cotton candy grapes, which I could only find at Whole Foods in NYC), their own brand for staples such as cereal, granola, cocoa, and an awesome selection of organic ingredients.  I admit I wasn’t familiar with Sprouts prior to this shopping trip, but I’ll definitely be returning.

Now onto the cupcakes! Continue Reading

Fortnum & Mason now at Williams-Sonoma!

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williams-sonoma-fortnums-1Happy Friday, Noshers!  Today I’m SUPER excited to share that Williams-Sonoma now sells Fortnum & Mason teas and goodies! I had stocked up on Fortnum & Mason teas, preserves, puddings, and sweets when I was in London – they are seriously amazing. Now I don’t have to ration my stash – I can get them at my local W-S. And you can too! If you’are an Anglophile when it comes to food, definitely check out their stuff.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Tea Party with Uncommon Goods!

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Oh happy day, Noshers!  How have your days been lately? The weather here in KC has been gorgeous lately – up to the high-70s recently, and I’ve certainly been taking advantage of that!  Today, I’m happy to share my experiences with some amaaazing tea products I sampled from UncommonGoods. Yum!  I’m a huge tea aficionado, so when I learned of this opportunity, I was super excited :). Continue Reading

Le Creuset Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  Today, I’m super excited to share an early Valentine’s Day post and spread some Valentine’s Day cheer with a few recipes and a GIVEAWAY!  This year, I’m partnering with Le Creuset to highlight a few of their adorably drool-worthy Valentine’s Day offerings – such as the petite heart cocotte and the slightly larger heart cocotteI looooove my two Le Creuset Dutch ovens and a heart-shaped addition is just out of this world! I mean, just look at this: Continue Reading