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Blueberry Yogurt Mini Muffins Recipe

Chicken, Sausage, and Pork Jambalaya

I have a recipe for you: blueberry yogurt mini muffins. Don’t they sound delicious? They were. In fact so delicious, I packed and ate them with all my bentos before taking a good shot for this recipe.  Ah well, I’ll have to make them again and update this post in the future.  Meanwhile, I’ll just [...]

How to Make a Spicy Parmesan-Almond Salad Topping

Spicy Parm-Almong Topping

The title of today’s post sounds a little different than normal.  Rather than just saying, “Recipe: Spicy Almond Topping,” it sounds like a search query.  Why?  Because I spent all weekend trying to find guidance on how to accomplish this recipe and the only thing my searches retrieved was the Sunkist website featuring recipes with [...]

Turning Potstickers into Egg Rolls

This week at NEB, join me for a series of fun recipes, a giveaway, and a great Photo Friday. I’m taking a one-week blogging break as I enjoy the week with my family. You’ll see me back next week with some great stories, pictures, and bentos. Be the bento everyone! In the last two months [...]

Crab Meuniere Topping

This week at NEB, join me for a series of fun recipes, a giveaway, and a great Photo Friday. I’m taking a one-week blogging break as I enjoy the week with my family. You’ll see me back next week with some great stories, pictures, and bentos. Be the bento everyone! Previously on Not Exactly Bento, [...]

Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

NTM stands for New-to-Me, a regular feature here at Not Exactly Bento. With the start of my bento-making in 2007, I began to try many new foods to expand my palate and my recipe files. New-to-Me has expanded into all sorts of food items that I now try and review. Here is the latest item [...]

Trout Dinner (342)

Trout Dinner

Ever since I first checked out those two Cooking Light recipe books from my local library, I’ve done really well on the food front.  It’s not so much the “light” part as the “it came out right” part.  And the new found confidence has given me back the courage to try to deviate from a [...]

Cheesy Peppercorn Dressing

Cheesy Peppercorn Dressing

New-to-me Tuesdays – When I started this blog in 2007, it was to eat healthier and to learn to cook. In order to do both, I had to try alot of foods and many cooking methods that were all new-to-me. On Tuesdays, I post another new-to-me story if I’ve encountered that next adventure in my [...]

Chocolate Butter Drops

Chocolate Butter Drops

If someone is missing their cooking fairy, it is possible she’s bunking at my house.  I have had incredibly good luck lately with cooking and baking.  Either I’ve just hit a good patch, been patted on the head by the aforementioned fairy, or my sources for recipes have improved.  I’m thinking it is the latter, [...]

Recipe: Soba Sauce Stirfry

soba sauce stirfry

Thursday’s bento post will feature this stirfry. It’s quick, simple, and light. No cornstarch is involved. Three ingredients make the sauce. It can easily be made vegetarian by pulling out the chicken and adding more veggies. It all started with my cry for help when I had tried yakisoba at a local Japanese restaurant. I [...]