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Narutomaki Cookies (Fish Cake Cookies)

No, no, no…these aren’t made with fish or taste like fish…so calm down! 🙂


If you’ve ever gone out for an authentic bowl of ramen, you may have seen a little white and pink swirly “cake” in your bowl. This little fish cake, or Narutomaki, often mimics the texture and color of the meat of lobster, crab and other shellfish. They’re actually way more delicious than you may think (they’re not fishy at all) and add great flavor and color to your ramen.

The pink swirl in these “fish cakes” are meant to symbolize the Naruto whirlpools of the Naruto Strait near Japan…plus they’re just so darn cute!


Often about the size of a quarter, these fish cakes are brought to life in a much bigger and sweeter way with these cute Narutomaki cookies. Made using my favorite sugar cookie dough and a sweet royal icing, these cookies are the perfect ending to any Asian or ramen-inspired meal! 😉

Narutomaki Cookies (Fish Cake Cookies)


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour

For Icing:

  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/8 cup milk
  • 3/8 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • Pink food coloring


In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Reduce speed to medium; add egg. Beat until combined. Beat in corn syrup, lemon zest and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour in two parts. Shape dough into two disks, wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. The dough might be crumbly, but use your hands to form it back together.


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out 1 disk of dough to ¼ in. thick. Using cutter (my scalloped cutter was about 2 in. wide), cut out shapes. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 10 – 12 minutes. Transfer to cooling grid; cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Using my 2 in. cutter, I got 21 cookies.

To make icing, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, corn syrup and flavoring of choice. I used almond, but you could also use vanilla. Mix on medium to start, then on high until combined. Add more confectioners’ sugar to make icing medium-stiff consistency.

Prepare a decorating bag with a round tip 2 or 3 and about ½ cup stiff consistency icing. Outline your cookies. Let dry, about 15-20 minutes (use a wet paper towel or napkin to cover the unused icing and keep it from drying out).


Transfer any remaining icing back into the bowl.

Using milk (add 1 teaspoon at a time – a little goes a long way), thin the icing to thin/medium consistency.

These next few steps need to happen somewhat quickly, so read ahead before jumping in!

Prepare a decorating bag with a round tip 5 or 6 (or use a cut bag) and thinned icing. Fill in your cookies, using a toothpick to pop any bubbles and spread icing around cookie. Repeat covering remaining icing with wet paper towel to prevent drying. Transfer any remaining icing back into bowl.

Using pink icing color, tint the remaining icing light pink. Prepare a decorating bag with round tip 2 or 3 and pink icing. Pipe swirl in wet icing and let settle.


Let cookies dry, at least 24 hours, before packaging.


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15 Sensational Strawberry Recipes

We’re (finally!) coming into some warmer months here in the Midwest…which means berries are in season!

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Whenever berries are on sale at the grocery store, I usually stock up. I love adding them to granola and yogurt, plus they’re just a healthy snack as is!

Strawberries are great for cooking and baking, as they retain their sweetness even after they’re cooked, baked, sliced or dunked. They’re durable and most of the time you can get a great 2 for 1 deal if you shop at the right time.

If you’re looking for some delicious and tasty ways to eat strawberries this summer, here are 15 sensational strawberry recipes that will have you ready for warm weather in no time!

15 Sensational Strawberry Recipes

strawberry recipes

  1. Easy Fresh Strawberry Mousse
  2. Strawberry Almond Cupcakes
  3. Strawberry Mousse Tart
  4. Healthy Strawberry Scones
  5. Watermelon, Strawberry, and Basil Salad
  6. Strawberry Donuts
  7. Strawberry Banana Breakfast Bowl
  8. Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
  9. Poached Strawberries
  10. Strawberry Freezer Jam
  11. Strawberry Cream Cubes
  12. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brownies
  13. Strawberry and Rose Wine Macarons
  14. Strawberry Ice Cream
  15. Strawberry Rhubarb Sweet Rolls

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16 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

Eating from your favorite restaurants doesn’t have to hurt your gut (or your wallet). You can indulge in your restaurant favorites right from the comfort of your own home with these 16 tasty copycat recipes.

From Applebee’s famous Oriental Chicken Salad to Red Lobster’s addicting Cheddar Bay Biscuits, these recipes taste just like the real deal at half the price!


16 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

  1. Copycat Portillos Chopped Salad
  2. Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  3. Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion
  4. Homemade Cracker Jack
  5. Chipotle Guacamole
  6. Homemade Moon Pies
  7. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad
  8. Copycat Orange Chicken
  9. Noodles and Company Indonesian Peanut Saute
  10. Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp
  11. DIY Mounds Bars
  12. Taco Bell Morning Crunch Wrap
  13. Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac
  14. Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes
  15. California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Copycat
  16. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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11 Magical Mermaid Recipes

No, we’re not cooking with mermaids…but if you’ve journeyed into any Target, Urban Outfitters, or stumbled upon Amazon or Pinterest, you might have noticed that unicorns are so yesterday. The magical, mythical beast of the moment is the majestic mermaid.

With iridescent blues, purples, and greens, these mermaid recipes will have you dreaming of a beach-side rendezvous. Use them for a birthday party or if you’re just feeling like you need to create something colorful and amazing.

11 Magical Mermaid Recipes


Sparkling Mermaid Bounty Bars

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Mermaid Rice Krispie Treats

rice krispies

Mermaid Candy Bark

mermaid bark

Mermaid Ice Cream

mermaid ice cream

Mermaid Smoothie Bowl

mermaid smoothy bowl

Matcha Mermaid Donuts


Mermaid Toast


Creamy Mermaid Coconut Bowl

coconut bowl

Mermaid Pasta

mermaid pasta

Mermaid Cake

mermaid cake

Magical Mermaid Cocktails

mermaid cocktail

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9 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Peeps

Easter is this weekend, which means there will be Peeps GALORE at every convenience store and grocery store for months to come. If you’re like my dad, you might even buy a handful of boxes and hide them in the back cabinet and “rediscover” them come June or July.

But if you’re Peep’ed out and looking for some clever ways to use up those sugary chicks and bunnies, these 9 clever Peep recipes are bound to help you rediscover your love of these pastel sweets. From classic s’mores to Peeps martinis (WHAT), here are 9 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Peeps!

9 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Peeps


  1. Peeps Popcorn Balls
  2. Peep Drop Martini
  3. Rice KrisPeeps Bark
  4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Peeps Skillet
  5. Peeps S’mores
  6. Peeps Milkshake
  7. Peeps Ice Cream Syrup
  8. Toasted Marshmallow Peeps Milkshake
  9. Peeps Cake Batter Candy

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All the Presidents’ Favorite Dishes

Our wide collection of presidents have gathered up quite the palette. From hoe cakes to cherry ice cream, this collection of some of the presidents’ favorite meals is sure to get you in the mood for President’s Day!


All the Presidents’ Favorite Dishes*

*While several sites and books list various “favorite foods” of each respective president, I did my best to find those with recipes or those I found in two or more places.


George Washington
Hoe Cakes

John Adams
Baked Salmon

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison
Chicken and Okra Soup

James Monroe
Fried Chicken

John Quincy Adams
Fruits and Crackers

Andrew Jackson
Lamb Chops with Rosemary

Martin Van Buren
Classic Donuts

William Henry Harrison
Roast Wild Duck

John Tyler
Grateful Pudding

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James K. Polk
Classic French Omelette

Zachary Taylor

Millard Fillmore
Beef Stew

Franklin Pierce
Fried Clams

James Buchanan
Peach Charlotte

Abraham Lincoln
Sliced Apples

Andrew Johnson

Ulysses S. Grant
Rice Pudding

Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Fresh Coffee

James A. Garfield
Fresh Bread

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Chester A. Arthur
Coffee and a Roll

Grover Cleveland
Corned Beef and Cabbage

Benjamin Harrison

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt
Hard-Boiled Eggs

William H. Taft

Woodrow Wilson
Chicken Salad

Warren G. Harding
Knockwurst and Sauerkraut

Calvin Coolidge
Roast Beef

Herbert Hoover

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Cream Chipped Beef

Harry S. Truman
Hot Cereal

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Chicken Noodle Soup

John F. Kennedy
Broiled Bacon

Lyndon B. Johnson
Chicken Chop Suey

Richard M. Nixon
Fresh Fruit

Gerald R. Ford
Spaghetti and Meatballs

Jimmy Carter
Pork Chops with Cornbread Stuffing

Ronald Reagan
Mac and Cheese

George Bush
Pork Rinds

batch 43

Bill Clinton
Soft Shell Tacos

George W. Bush

Barack Obama
Nachos with Guac

Donald J. Trump
Cherry Ice Cream

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10 Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love

Whether you’re a bonafide choco-holic or just like it here and there, these decadent chocolate recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Best of all, you can share several of these 2-serving dishes with your Valentine on Wednesday!


10 Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love

Chocolate Waffles


Easy Skillet Brownie for 2

skillet brownie

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies

strawberrry chocolate brownies

Chocolate Wine Cake

wine cake

Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries


Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries


Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie

chocolate dipped

Molten Brownie Skillets

brownie skillets

Chocolate Mousse for 2

chocolate mousse

Chocolate Orange Cream

chocolate orange

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