Berry Nutty Bento, #SundaySupper

As autumn draws near do you find yourself slowing down or moving faster? Currently, Boulder, Colorado buzzes with the return of college kids. The youthful energy is palpable. Red shopping carts zigzag like bumper cars down the aisles of Target. The scene is reminiscent of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish markets where quick action is required to snatch the best tuna. Still, as I prepare our newly acquired condo as a haven for responsible executives and clean-living vacationers, I’m breathing a bit deeper. I am in awe of the mountains here. Like elegant grande dames, they rise to... Read Full Article

Quinoa Donburi and Mini Bento, #Beyond Meat

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I am honored that my friends at Beyond Meat included the Ninja Baker in spreading the word about Beyond Meat Beef-Free Crumbles. Visionaries, Bill Gates (Yes! The Bill Gates of Microsoft) and Twitter co-founders, Biz Stone and Evan Williams are among the investors. CEO & Founder of Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown, is the son of a farmer. Mr. Brown is also an expert in the clean energy sector. Concerned about the astonishing number of cattle killed for consumption, he wondered if we'd continue our habits if the taste could be... Read Full Article

Green Tea and Chocolate Saketini, #SundaySupper

Saving summer harvests and extending the joy of the season is the topic of today's #SundaySupper Twitter chat. (Please scroll down to see your invite to the conversation.) To preserve the pleasures of June harvest Japanese green tea leaves; I created a Green Tea and Chocolate Saketini. The Ninja Baker’s saketini combines a potent combination of whipped cream vodka and sake. Alcohol, I do believe, is the ultimate preserver of premium summertime green tea.  Sophisticated green tea, sake and vodka say hello to chocolate cream sandwiches cookies. Who says you can... Read Full Article

Easy Japanese Edamame Mexican Rice, #RealFlavor

Japanese edamame are the fun beans you pop out of fuzzy shells at sushi bars. They are the sidekick to the rainbow rolls and other flamboyant presentations.  However, the unassuming little edamame pods deliver star power in the nutrition arena. Japanese edamame: The sidekick dish which deserves a great big spotlight! Photo courtesy of Here’s a quick ABC guide to the benefits of edamame: Vitamin A: The immunity boosting charged vitamin A is nestled in every edamame bean. Vitamin B: For changing sugar into energy, vitamin B is essential.... Read Full Article

Fig and White Chocolate Matcha Donuts

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Life is a mystery. The atrocities and the miracles leave me awe-struck. I marvel too how lore infused in foodstuffs have endured centuries. Why do some foods continue to carry symbolic meaning through time? Parables in the Bible are rife with figs. Lessons in spiritual maturation are reflected upon in stories of trees barren of figs to those burgeoning with ripe fruit. The Song of Solomon – a tribute to love and a text sacred to both Jews and Christians – features the fig. A fresh fig tart featured... Read Full Article

Glazed Almond Butter Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Currently, the challenge is to bake one of four preselected Carole Walter's Great Cakes recipes.  Glazed Almond Butter Cake was this Ninja Baker's winning choice. This month's Glazed Almond Butter Cake for the Cake Slice Bakers takes the cake! A featherlight buttery crumb is topped by a sticky melted brown sugar, butter and almond glaze. Dorothy was right. “There’s no place like home.” But what do you do when lost in the wondrous land of Oz? Which path do you... Read Full Article

Low Calorie Japanese Noodle Salad

“Imagine all the people living life in peace.” So sang legendary ex-Beatle John Lennon. Turn on the TV for the world report and you see strong imagination skills are needed! Ready for some good news? (Me, too!) Borders blend and different cultures exist harmoniously in the humblest home cook’s kitchen to the haute designer ateliers of celebrity chefs. American bacon and low-calorie Japanese shirataki noodles live happily together on the plate and in the tummy! A recent visit to the YouTube home of popular Japanese cooking instructor and star of... Read Full Article

Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes and Japanese Plum Wine Cake, #DixieQuicktakes

This post is sponsored by Dixie Quicktakes. All opinions are my own. Building a bridge of understanding between the East (with an emphasis on Japan) and the West (mainly the US) via the avenue of food brings me great joy. There is wisdom in the adage, “Write about what you love.”  I delight in baking and sharing goodies with non-GMO ingredients and imported Japanese products. Quality is key to yummy outcomes. Love is also essential. As necessary as milk is for growing children, maybe love is even more important. What do you think? Seeing... Read Full Article