4 Simple Recipes with Kikkoman

I'm a huge fan of most Asian cuisines and any dish that's even vaguely Asian-inspired. The perfect blend of sweet, salty, savory and sometimes a little spicy, is my idea of the perfect flavor profile. So when I was approached to partner with Kikkoman® on creating a few simple recipes featuring their delectable products I was beyond excited. I've been using Kikkoman® Soy Sauce for years but I hadn't familiarized myself with some of their other items quite as well. I was immediately a fan as soon as I tried their Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce or their pantry staples like toasted Sesame Oil and Rice Vinegar. Below I created some very simple, Asian-inspired dishes for a busy family using Kikkoman® as the inspiration. From savory roasted nuts, to a delicious update on Asian-inspired slaw, to two scrumptious dinner options, one chicken, one pork, you can't go wrong. Recipes below.

Asian Kale Slaw with Grilled Chicken 
For Dressing:
¼ cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
¼ cup Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
¼ cup chopped green onions, green and white parts
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp Kikkoman® Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp agave or honey

For Salad:
½ cup grated carrots, (1 medium carrot)
½ cup roasted peanuts
½ cup edamame (optional)
3 chopped green onions, green and white parts
2 (9 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium bunch of Kale, halve leaves lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise
1 yellow or red bell pepper, cut in narrow strips

For Marinade:
¼ cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
1 clove of garlic, smashed

For the marinade: In a gallon size ziploc bag add Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, smashed garlic and chicken breasts. Seal bag and rub marinade over chicken, then transfer chicken to refrigerator and let rest at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.

For Dressing: In a mixing bowl (or 2-cup liquid measuring cup), whisk together Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, ginger, canola oil, and Kikkoman® Sesame Oil. Add Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar and ¼ cup chopped green onions to the mixture and whisk to blend. Set aside (chill in refrigerator if marinating chicken longer than 1 hour).

For the salad: Heat a grill or grill pan on stovetop over medium-high heat. Brush grill lightly with canola or vegetable oil, then place marinated chicken on grill and cook, about 4 minutes per side, or until chicken has cooked through (it should register to 165°F in center of chicken when tested with a meat thermometer). Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Then, cut chicken crosswise into strips about ¼ -inch thick.

To assemble salad: In a large bowl toss together kale, carrots, pepper, 3 chopped green onions, and edamame with enough dressing to coat salad. Sprinkle top with peanuts and serve topped with sliced chicken.

Teriyaki Chicken with Noodles

For Chicken:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
⅔ cup Kikkoman® Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
¼ cup Kikkoman® Teriyaki Takumi, Original
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed

For Noodles:
¼ cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Kikkoman® Sesame Oil
2 Tbsp agave or honey
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
2-3 chopped green onions, green and white parts
1 package udon noodles 

In a large ziploc bag add chicken, Kikkoman® Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce and garlic. Seal and let marinate in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. In a large bowl mix together Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, canola oil, Kikkoman® Sesame Oil, Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar, and agave. Set aside. In a large pot of boiling water, cook udon noodles according to package directions. Let cool slightly and then add to the bowl with sauce. Add green onions and sesame seeds, toss together. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Before taking it off the heat add the Kikkoman® Teriyaki Takumi Original Sauce, let cook for 1 minute longer and remove from heat. Serve noodles topped with the chicken and garnished with more sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.

Soy Glazed Mixed Nuts
¼ cup raw almonds
¼ cup raw cashews
¼ cup raw pecans
¼ cup raw walnuts
2 tbsp Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
2 tbsp honey (or agave if you prefer)
1 tbsp sunflower oil
½ tsp Chinese five spice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne for heat (optional)

Preheat your oven to 300°F. In a medium size bowl, mix together the Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, sunflower oil, honey and seasonings. Toss with the nuts until they are well coated. Spread the mixed nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet – the kind with sides– in a single layer. Using the parchment paper or a silpat helps keep the nuts from over-toasting and it makes clean up really easy. You can skip this if you want, but it does help. Toast the nuts in your oven until the delicious smell is unbearable and they are a deep mahogany brown, about 15 minutes. Make sure to stir them every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Allow to cool completely before storing, or start eating right away, if you’re so inclined. These taste great warm too. Just make sure to let them cool enough that you don't burn your mouth, I've made that mistake! Keep them for about a week on the counter or longer when stored in a tightly sealed container in the freezer.

Soy Ginger Pork Chops
¼ cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 teaspoons Kikkoman® Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
4 thin cut pork chops
2 cloves garlic, smashed

In a medium size bowl whisk together Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and Kikkoman® Sesame Oil. Pour most of the marinade over the pork chops, and allow to sit for 1 hour. Reserve 3 Tablespoons of marinade for cooking later. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add pork chops to skillet, discard the marinade left in the bowl. Cook chops until browned on one side, about 6 minutes. Turn the chops over and add the reserved marinade to the pan. Cook for 6 more minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 160°F . Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.


Home Tour on Design Mom

It's been so long since I last posted that I haven't even shared yet that we bought a home late last Fall. We closed in November and moved in January and February and have now been settling in and enjoying our new home for a few months. I really love having a place we can really make our own, and I can see us being in this house for a long time. Which is awesome because I'm so sick of moving. Since leaving home for college I've moved nine times!! Three times all the way across the country and twice with a baby/toddler! Anyway, I'm super excited because after all that hard work our beautiful new home was just featured on Design Mom this week! Since a few people have asked I thought I would share some of the product resources here with a few images. But if you want to see the whole tour and read more about Bitte, motherhood and what I love about our new house head over to Design Mom.

Living Room: Artwork - 1. Meg Fransee 2. Abstract mountain 3. Chambers Austelle 4. Sofie Arnold 

Dining Room:
Woven wall hanging, candle holders, fruit basket, pendant, table

Master Bedroom: Light, woven wall hanging, bed

Guest Bedroom:  Poster, basket, throw, stool, rug, bed, light

Artwork - (clockwise, left to right) 1. Satsuki Shibuya 2. Picture of Ingrid 3. Family photo 4. Jess Levitz 5. Sofie Arnold

Picture Perfect Holidays with FUJIFILM INSTAX® + A Giveaway

Something about the dropping temps and changing leaves always makes me want to get crafty and tackle new DIY projects. Which is why I am so excited to be partnering with FUJIFILM INSTAX® to create some fun Holiday inspired DIY projects. Each one of these are so easy, you really don't need to be a crafting or DIY pro. I especially loved using the instax printer for these projects because it allowed me to print any of the photos from my instagram, facebook or phone feed. I was able to pick some of my favorite memories from the past year to highlight and decorate with. Below are all the details to learn how to make your own holidays picture perfect and to enter to win your own instax camera and printer.

Gift Tag
Instax printer + film
Twine or Ribbon
Wrapping Paper

Wrap your present up in your favorite paper or fabric. Tie it with a pretty ribbon or string. Tuck a favorite photo underneath the twine. I think it's fun to choose a photo of the giftee or even a favorite memory from the past year that you shared together. Put under the tree!

Picture Garland
Instax printer + film
Twine or Ribbon
Glue or small clothespins

Take and print 12-18 of your instax photos. Attach the photos to the twine with glue or small clothespins. Hang over a mantle or doorway.

Photo Ornament
Instax printer + film
Twine or Ribbon
Glue or small clothespins

Take and print 16-20 of your favorite instax photos. Cut 6-8" long portions of your twine. Attach the photos to the twine with glue or small clothespins and knot it at the end. Hang your photos around your tree. 

Giveaway Details
Two winners will receive a prize package that includes:

- Mini 90 camera
- Mini 8 camera
- Instax Share Printer
- prints
- decorative pegs (to display prints around the house)
- sentiment pegs (with little quotes on them)
- frame stickers

To enter to win follow my Holiday Cheer Pinterest Board and leave a comment on this blog post below sharing a favorite memory you'd like to share over the holidays. For bonus entries, share on instagram, facebook, pinterest or twitter and leave the link to your posts in the comments below (up to 4 bonus entries per person). Two winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway will close Friday Nov. 20th at 10AM PST. 

This post was created in partnership with FUJIFILM INSTAX®. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Bitte and a Blog Update

So I can't believe I'm only now getting around to posting here about Bitte the new business I started with my mom! I talked a little bit about it way back in January but since then a lot has happened! You might have seen some of it if you follow me on instagram, which is where I post most of my life updates these days. We officially launched in August and we've been so blown away by the response. We've had customers from far and wide and been featured in some of my favorite blogs and publications, like Oh Joy!, Sf Girl by Bay and Wit & Delight to name a few. It's been exhilarating, fun and stressful to say the least. Because I also am working as the art director at Rue magazine and taking on occasional social media consulting jobs I really haven't had time for Design Conundrum. It's crazy for me to look back and remember when I used to post here sometimes twice a day! It hasn't been that way in a long time. With sites like pinterest and then instagram, I started to not need this space as much to share and connect with fellow creatives and bloggers. So over the years the posts have dwindled quite a bit. I really don't think it ever will get back to what it once was but I'm excited for the new path I'm on with Bitte and my other projects, and hopefully you will all follow along. You can follow Bitte on instagram, facebook and pinterest. You can also learn more about how Bitte got started on the Bitte blog here. And of course shop all our offerings at bitteshop.com!

Signature Style Sweepstakes with Hallmark

I'm a huge fan of giving and receiving cards. In this day and age where I receive so many emails and texts a day it's nice to get a paper card in the mail. Whether it's for a special occasion or just out of the blue, I think we should all get in the habit of sending more correspondence this way. Which is why I was super excited to team up with Hallmark for their Signature Style campaign. Not only did I get to play around with some of the awesome cards from their signature collection. But as a bonus, as a way to celebrate everyone's personal style statement, Hallmark is hosting an amazing sweepstakes. You can enter to win a $1,000 fashion filled day with friends. See all the details and enter here! And see more of the Signature Style pins on my pinterest boards. I think my signature style is Maker Chic, what's yours? 

Follow along with all the fun with Hallmark on instagram, twitter, pinterest and facebook.
#SignatureStyle #sponsored
Although this post was sponsored by Hallmark for their signature style campaign all opinions are my own.

Personalized Poem Notebook

I love creating gifts and keepsakes that require minimum time, are low cost but are still special. So I was excited to team up with Brother to create these DIY notebooks which are exactly that. They are sentimental and personalized to whoever you give it to and will also remind the recipient of you every time they use their notebook. And as you'll see below it's ridiculously easy to make. Instructions below.

Brother P-touch labeler

1. find your friend or family members favorite poem or quote.
2. Print it out on your label maker.
3. Attach to notebook. You can lay it out in a clean row like I did or make it more haphazard or even try something wacky like doing a spiral or circle. Have fun with it.
4. Ta Da! You have yourself a beautiful, personal and affordable gift.

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