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Old 02-11-2011, 11:48 PM   #61
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LOL! Spokane is at least 3.5 hours away and Seattle is about 12...Denver is 18 hours, if you don't stop for food or rest stops.

I managed to get the last package of Bonito at The Good Food Store. So, I'll have some Dashi, no problem. Actually, I think I have everything except my real Bento box. Even my Bento cookbook showed up tonight.

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Such distance! But if you're visiting anyway, it's at least a nice bonus to grab things on the way/way back. Depending on how you look at it, can be nicer than knowing in theory you're close... but the reality with traffic, gas, etc, it's just a total bust (just can't justify driving over an hour one way in typical traffic to go to a store that might not even have what I need).

You sound like you have all the workings of some brilliant bento bounties to come (the alliteration was called for, I swear). Because my memory is probably a total fail right now (apologies!) - did you get the 'Just Bento' cookbook?
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:53 PM   #62
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Such distance! But if you're visiting anyway, it's at least a nice bonus to grab things on the way/way back. Depending on how you look at it, can be nicer than knowing in theory you're close... but the reality with traffic, gas, etc, it's just a total bust (just can't justify driving over an hour one way in typical traffic to go to a store that might not even have what I need).

You sound like you have all the workings of some brilliant bento bounties to come (the alliteration was called for, I swear). Because my memory is probably a total fail right now (apologies!) - did you get the 'Just Bento' cookbook?
Yes, "The Just Bento Cookbook," by Makiko Itoh. And I ordered some bigger cupcake silicone...I had ordered the 7/8" They'll be good for wasabi or pickled ginger.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:07 AM   #63
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Yes, "The Just Bento Cookbook," by Makiko Itoh. And I ordered some bigger cupcake silicone...I had ordered the 7/8" They'll be good for wasabi or pickled ginger.
At least they'll be very cute condiment holders!
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:22 AM   #64
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About two months ago, I dined for the first time at Luxe (I think that's the name, the ersatz step-up division of the Cheesecake Factory) and ordered a menu item described as "bento." It was terrible! Unpalatable. Insulting. One of those once in a decade restaurant experiences when you want to...

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About two months ago, I dined for the first time at Luxe (I think that's the name, the ersatz step-up division of the Cheesecake Factory) and ordered a menu item described as "bento." It was terrible! Unpalatable. Insulting. One of those once in a decade restaurant experiences when you want to...

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I have a Dragon or two up my sleeves...want to borrow them?

Too bad, glad it didn't happen to me and ruin any chance I would have had to enjoy Bento meals. Sorry it happened to you!

I was talking to my Dad and apparently I was influenced in the womb towards Japanese foods and culture. My Mom ate Sushi and other Japanese dishes in a Buddist Temple while she was pregnant with me. Mom's best friend and my Godmother were Japanese. I spent a lot of time with both in their households after I was born.

There is a large Japanese community in Brighton, Colorado.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:25 AM   #66
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I got a peeler that juliennes. I want to try some daikon...is there a recipe for it pickled of seasoned in some way?

I am also going to be partially cooking most vegetables, steaming or boiling? I'm talking about carrot slices, etc. I need to make them soft enough to eat easily and also so they don't cause a flare of my other condition that limits fresh veg and fruit.

I'm still not a champ at eating things like pickles, etc with my dentures.

Thanks for any help and suggestions.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:19 PM   #67
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I got a peeler that juliennes. I want to try some daikon...is there a recipe for it pickled of seasoned in some way?

I am also going to be partially cooking most vegetables, steaming or boiling? I'm talking about carrot slices, etc. I need to make them soft enough to eat easily and also so they don't cause a flare of my other condition that limits fresh veg and fruit.

I'm still not a champ at eating things like pickles, etc with my dentures.

Thanks for any help and suggestions.
I was thinking of trying this recipe only shredding the daikon into long strands like they have in the sushi restaurants. If you make it, please give a review!

I will tell you that the pressure cooker has made our veggies soft to the tooth but not mush. (I never thought I would ever suggest a pressure cooker to anyone.)

I keep looking forward to making an Asian style bento but, tomorrow, I am using up leftovers again. I have mini salmon cakes, mini potato pancakes, french-style string beans sprinkled with almonds, sugar-free chocolate pudding, a clementine, and a pro-biotic drink (also sugar-free.) It looks colorful enough and yummy enough for me to want my lunch!
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I was thinking of trying this recipe only shredding the daikon into long strands like they have in the sushi restaurants. If you make it, please give a review!

I will tell you that the pressure cooker has made our veggies soft to the tooth but not mush. (I never thought I would ever suggest a pressure cooker to anyone.)

I keep looking forward to making an Asian style bento but, tomorrow, I am using up leftovers again. I have mini salmon cakes, mini potato pancakes, french-style string beans sprinkled with almonds, sugar-free chocolate pudding, a clementine, and a pro-biotic drink (also sugar-free.) It looks colorful enough and yummy enough for me to want my lunch!

Thanks for pointing out the Daikon recipe. Sounds really good. I got some Red Swiss Chard yesterday that I want to saute' and some salmon. Should be good with a rice ball. I also bought some miso, so I can make "instant" miso soup balls. I have plenty of tea at work.

Still trying to get the kitchen organized for making bento, I have stuff all over the place.
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When I lived in Hawaii, one of our favorite things was to go for a bento box breakfast or lunch. Among other things it might have a tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet), some sashii, always, always rice, pickled vegetables, etc. Because it was Hawaii, an ethnic mish-mash, a bento box might have other Asian foods in it as well as Japanese. But it would be a full meal, consisting of a few bites of this and that
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I need better ideas, so I bought the Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh and found one called Bento Love by Kentaro Kobayashi. What I REALLY need are items that can be made a bit in advanced.

PF, do you make rice daily?

There is simply no way I'll be preparing anything in the AM. I'm lucky my shoes match prior to noon.
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