How To Make Japanese-style Mabo Tofu

When it comes to cooking meals at home, absolutely no-one wants to cook a separate meal for the kids and a separate meal for adults.  Yet adults often prefer bolder, spicier flavors with more exotic ingredients.  Kids tend to enjoy simpler fare — carb heavy dishes with much milder flavors.  At least my kids do — pizza, spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, sandwiches and so on.

It definitely puts smiles on their little faces, but I can only eat so much of it before I’m craving something more exciting…

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Roasting Your Own Salsa – For Big Savings

It’s been several years since I first posted my roasted salsa recipe, but what’s worth doing once is worth doing again.  Especially when it saves money!

For the next five days I’m going to be completely offline — The Tako family is going camping in the mountains without access to the internet.  So, I won’t be posting to Mr. Tako Escapes on my regular schedule …

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Staying Cool By Getting Flat

It’s summer and the weather is HOT.  The Pacific Northwest has been setting record temperatures for the last couple of days, with highs in the low 90’s Fahrenheit (roughly 32C).

After a long hot commute home from work and school, I can imagine most families don’t feel like firing up a stove or oven to make dinner.  I frequently see my friends and neighbors hopping into their air conditioned lazy-mobile and driving to a nice air conditioned eatery of their choice…

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Dressing For Success: The Easy Way To Millions

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a food post here at Mr. Tako Escapes, but that doesn’t mean food isn’t ultra-important here at Chez Tako!  Behind the scenes I’m making delicious meals on a budget that hovers around $500/month for four people.

I’m still a big believer in controlling the way we purchase, prepare, and consume food.  It’s an important way to build wealth…

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The Miso Solution

One of the great many chains that tie people to working 9-to-5 jobs for decades, is convenience food.  Yes, convenience food!  Many individuals eat lunch outside their workplace every single day — either at a restaurant or picking up take-out from a nearby restaurant.

At $5 – $20 for every lunch, this is an extremely expensive way to attain calories for your mid-day meal.  Over time, those yuppie food coupons really add up…

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