The Guy's Two-Step Nikujaga (Japanese meat and potatoes)

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Well hello there JustBento readers. Here’s a recipe for you! continue reading...

I've posted an update...

...over on Just Hungry In other words, I'll be back very soon. ^_^

Making bento lunches in a dorm room

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[It’s back-to-school time! This article was originally posted in September 2008, and revised several times since. There are lots of great ideas in the comments, so be sure to check them out! ]

Here’s a great question from reader Jan:

I live in a college dorm, and I only have a microwave, water kettle and George Foreman-style grill (we aren’t allowed to have hotplates in here). Is it an option to grill tofu? And do you have any other suggestions for cooking with my limited resources?

Eating healthy in a dorm room can be a challenge indeed, especially without a fully equipped kitchen. I actually lived in a dorm-like setting (it was off-campus housing but set up like a dorm) for a few months during my early days in college. We had access to an ancient refrigerator, which was compartmentalized inside into lockable litle safe-like boxes with nameplates and keys (!). Each box was about the size of a hotel room safe, so there was barely enough space there for each person to store an apple and a can of soda. We could have a water heater in our rooms, but that was about it (though there were suspiciousl smells periodically wafting about the place from various rooms). I did move to a better place as soon as I could, but here’s what I remember doing from those days, plus some ideas about using those luxury items, a grill and a microwave! continue reading...

Back-to-school giveaway at All Things For Sale

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Another chance to get some great bento gear, and this one is almost no-effort! continue reading...

Results of the 2012 Bento&co contest, plus a few personal favorites

The results of the Bento&co contest are in, and the winning entry is…. continue reading...

The Bento&co 2012 Contest is here!

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Ladies and gentlemen, start up your bento-making engines. The Bento&co contest is back! continue reading...

Guy Does Bento no. 7: Chicken karaage bento

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The Guy Does Bento is back, with a bento featuring his favorite way of eating chicken. continue reading...

Sweet, sour and salty 'instant' radish pickles

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[While I’m still getting back up to speed, please enjoy this recipe for ‘instant’ pickled radishes, great in any bento or in a salad. Originally published in May 2009. It’s kind of funny to re-read this post and realize we were still waffling about buying a house in France or not. I guess we did, after all!]

While radishes are available year-round, spring seems to be the perfect time to enjoy their crisp, peppery crunchiness. They are also really pretty. I love them just as-is, perhaps with a little salt, or sliced up in salads, but I’ve also been playing around with various formulas to make instant pickles or ichiyazuke (一夜漬け, or ‘overnight pickles’) with them. Here’s one result that’s sweet, salty, sour and peppery - a great bento box side dish. continue reading...