Savory Potato Kugel with Preserved Lemon for Passover

I’m a savory person through and through. That’s why I was so excited to find recipes for savory potato kugel a few years back as I scrambled to think of something to bring to one of the first Passover Seders I was invited to. This potato kugel is bright in flavor (and presentation) with the addition of preserved lemons mixed in, and topped with fresh herbs and lemon zest. My favorite part is that it makes a great breakfast during the week of Passover.

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Low Waste Travel (Mottainai)

Earth Day is right around the corner! These days, I try to practice the essence of being kind to the Earth every day. I grew up with a long-standing, low-waste mentality; The Japanese concept of mottainai, which roughly translates to “what a waste!” While I do my best to practice mottainai at home, it is admittedly harder to do so while traveling. Through trial and error, I’ve created a guide with mottainai tips and tricks, as well as a few products that help reduce waste while traveling…

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Hawaii-Inspired Hamantaschen

Purim, the most raucous holiday of the Jewish year is coming up on March 20-21. On Purim, we commemorate being saved with drinking, dressing up in costume, storytelling. Every year my tradition is to create a new take on a batch of Hamantaschen cookies, which are triangular, jam-filled cookies. This year, I’ve created Hawaii-inspired macadamia shortbread cookies filled with guava jam, an ode to my Dad’s upbringing in Hawaii. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Ritual and Home Objects

When I was growing up, my Mom would always remind me that “objects have feelings, too, so we must treat them with great care.” As I’ve gotten older and built my own home, I am finally beginning to understand what she meant. Even the smallest, inanimate objects in our home contain special energy and that’s why a family heirloom passed down through the generations can be such a powerful and treasured object. That’s why I am beyond excited to share with you a collection of my favorite objects!

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with Matcha Salt

Years ago, I found my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and to this day, these are still the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. Since then, I’ve made a giant version of these cookies every year for Bryan’s birthday and for countless other life events for friends. As if these cookies couldn’t get any better, I’ve sprinkled matcha salt on them. Enjoy!

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Interview with Zahava Founder Jessica Hendricks Yee

For the very first Nourish Co. interview of the year, I am honored to share Jessica’s story with you. In it, she talks about the “beauty and challenge of celebrating our ancient heritages, while simultaneously embracing our modern, multicultural identities.” She shares what marrying into a Chinese family has taught her, her mother-in-law’s famous fish dumpling soup for Chinese New Year, her thoughts on interfaith and interracial marriage, and so much more…

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Shabbat Morning Everything Bagel Strata

When we host Shabbat dinner, we always have leftover challah. Since I don’t like sweets in the morning, I created this everything bagel savory challah strata with lox for Shabbat mornings instead. Besides being able to assemble this the night before, the best thing about this recipe is that you can customize it to any amount of challah you have left!

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Scattered Sushi ちらし寿司 for Happy Occasions

One of the dishes that is a constant on my Japanese New Year table is ちらし鮨, chirashi sushi, or scattered sushi. This beautiful, colorful dish is made of sushi rice with celebratory toppings sprinkled on top. Not just for the New Year’s table, scattered sushi is served on happy, celebratory occasions. My Northern California version incorporates local dungeness crab, which is in season right now.

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Mochi Doughnuts with Dipping Jellies for Hanukkah

To symbolize the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days instead of one, Hanukkah foods are fried in oil. Fried foods can often taste really heavy, so I like to swap out all purpose flour with mochi flour (Japanese glutenous rice flour)…

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What Happens to Ritual Between Marriage and Babies?

From my conversion to our Japanese and Jewish wedding to my bat mitzvah at 33, I’ve been fortunate to have celebrated many happy lifecycle events in a few short years. While my life has only seemed to get fuller and go by faster in the last couple of years, I’ve found that there are fewer lifecycle events and therefore seemingly fewer rituals to write about here post-wedding…

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11 Things to do after the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

This is a photo of my place of worship. The thought of a gunman opening fire on us while we are at our most vulnerable, in prayer, terrifies me and breaks my heart into a million pieces to even fathom. Here 11 suggestions of actions to take in the coming weeks, so we can hold each other up during this frightening time in our history.

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7 Matcha Secrets & Tips from a Student of Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

When I was growing up as a Japanese-American-Californian, matcha was not as popular as it is today. But when I stopped drinking coffee a few years ago, a matcha craze was beginning to brew. I rediscovered matcha (like many of you) in the form of matcha lattes…

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