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We Made Our Own Sushi This Weekend and It Actually Looked Legit

My wife and I love sushi. We love making sushi. We love eating sushi. We love dressing up as sushi. Okay, wait. Scratch that last one. But we do love us some sushi! This weekend we got together with our family friends The Tatars to introduce them to the fine art of sushi making. Our kids get along great (how rare is that where the parents AND kids all get along with everyone in another family?), so while they were all off playing Super Paper Mario Kart Party or whatever, we dove into dinner! Allie and Stacey drove down to Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ. It's about 40 minutes away but it's ...

The Strength of 1: Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

It's not even October yet, and already pink is in the air. I've seen a number of Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns running already. And I think that's great. No, it's not the only disease out there, but it is one of the most preventable if detected early on. So in my opinion, every month should be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I must admit, though, that I do love how major league sports teams get in on the support. There is nothing like seeing a 300+ pound linebacker running around a football field with pink highlights on his uniform. It seriously puts a smile on my face. I've always been a supporter of ...

Candy Corn Oreos Sadly Didn’t Impress Much

Well, my parents came down for the weekend and brought two very important things with them: Limited-Edition Candy Corn Oreos, and my all-time favorite homemade cookies in the world: Magic Cookie Bars. If you've been following my blog, you already know of my family's obsession with finding Candy Corn Oreos. We still can't find them anywhere in our area. But my big sister came through and bought us a few packages. She lives near my parents up in the Albany area, so she handed them off and they made the trip down this weekend. So after all that build-up, were they the most amazingly delicious things in the world or just absolutely ...

Sushi Etiquette or A Bunch of Rules for Properly Eating Sushi That Nobody Ever Follows

Today my family's hanging out with some family friends doing what I think should be the next Olympic Sport: Making sushi! Allie and her friend Stacey are heading down to the super-duper cool Japanese market called Mitsuwa later today to pick up ingredients, while I hang back with Eric and the kids. I love making sushi. No, it never comes out as gorgeous as the restaurant's but it's usually pretty tastey and a ton of fun to do. We generally buy up some veggies (avocado, cucumber, carrots), some tuna and salmon, and just mix and match the rolls. I'm awful at rolling. It's usually a patchwork abomination of seaweed, rice, and ...

Guess What I’m Finally Getting to Eat This Weekend

My wife's been searching high and low in our county for these limited-edition Candy Corn Oreo cookies and she keeps coming up empty. We have two Targets, a Wal-Mart and loads of grocery stores, yet none of them in our NY area carries them. (Apparently, it's not just my family that's way too obsessed over Oreos. My blogging friend Lisa wrote all about this very same issue. Check out Lisa's post over at Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!) My parents and sister (Shout-out to Big Sis, Beth!) live up in the Albany, NY area and they've not only seen them, they've tried them!!! Since my parents are coming down for a visit ...

Nut-Free and Delicious? Win Allergy-Aware Cookies in our Skeeter Snacks Giveaway!

My oldest son Jason has severe food allergies to nuts and seeds. That doesn't just mean, "Look out for peanuts!" It means reading ingredients on everything under the sun. Every single time. No mustard. No sesame seeds. No M&Ms. It's something he's lived with for almost his entire life so far (all 9 years of it). When he was younger, he LOVED the separate crazy cupcakes my wife would make for him to take to birthday parties instead of the birthday cake. As he's gotten older, though, he's more aware of his allergies and how he can't participate in many food-related things the way all the other kids do. And let's face ...