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Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by in Holidays and Entertaining

Thanksgiving is one American holiday that our family embraced when we moved here to the Northeast. Giving thanks is something universal and we as a family take this time to pause and reflect on the many things we are grateful for. We should count our blessings each day not only during Thanksgiving and be thankful in whatever circumstances we are in. We always have a turkey dinner during Thanksgiving. This is a tradition I started in our second year here in the US. I always get a 9-12 lb. Butterball…read more

O-nigirazu

Posted by in Bento

O-nigirazu is a kind of onigiri (rice ball) that has been gaining popularity and is trending in social media in Japan the past few months. Traditional onigiri is rice that is shaped by hand into triangles or balls and are filled with some kind of meat or vegetable. It is also wrapped in seaweed (nori). Onigiri was derived from the word “nigiri” meaning to hold or clasp in one’s hand. As implied it is how rice balls are made by molding or holding it in your hand. O-nigirazu which literally…read more

Meatloaf

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Meatloaf is one of those comfort food that reminds you of the taste of home. It is also one of our dinner staples as it requires very little preparation. Ground beef is usually used to make meatloaf but ground turkey is a very good alternative and is also a favorite in our household. You can likewise use a mix of ground beef and ground pork. My meatloaf recipe uses finely chopped onions, carrots and celery that is cooked together with seasonings before being added to the ground meat. This ensures…read more

Taylor Ham/Pork Roll Sandwich

Posted by in Breakfast

Taylor Ham/Pork roll sandwich is the unofficial state sandwich of New Jersey. You can find this in most diners in the state served as a breakfast fare. This meat product was created by John Taylor of Trenton, NJ in 1856. They say “Taylor ham” is commonly used by residents of North Jersey and “Pork roll” by those from Central and South Jersey. There is a great debate on how to call this meat product. Our family calls it Taylor ham since our local diner and bagel place calls it by…read more