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Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake, #TheCakeSliceBakers

08/19/2015
The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Laura of Baking in Pyjamas and Anabel of Oven Delights lead the charge to conquer a new challenge every month...Currently, we are presented with the opportunity to bake one of four preselected recipes from The Southern Cake Book.    This Ninja Baker chose Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake for this month's Cake Slice Bakers' challenge. Happiness blooms:... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

08/15/2015
Joy! Chocolate Almond Joy! Ah, that coveted American candy bar with the luscious coating of chocolate over coconut and almonds. In Japan, Almond Joy slipped into my hands on 3 occasions. A military connection sneaked the Almond Joy off base and into my hands. A stop at Guam (an American territory) en route to our Christmas holiday on Saipan. (One of the Micronesian Islands.) Summer vacation in the States. Believe it... Read Full Article

3 Back-to-School Bentos, #Glutino

08/12/2015
Glutino gifted me with free gluten-free products for this post. All opinions are my own.   Autumn is on the horizon. Let the best school lunch box games begin! Are you ready? Glutino kindly sent me kid-friendly gluten-free lunch box items. Inspired, I set out to create 3 Back-to-School Bentos packed with Glutino gluten-free goodness.   Here’s why the Glutino products in the Ninja Baker’s bentos are great... Read Full Article

Japanese Moon Gazing Potatoes, #FoodieExtravaganza

08/02/2015
Pausing between clouds the moon rests in the eyes of its beholders ~17th Century Haiku Master, Matsuo Basho (Translated by Michael R. Burch) Moon gazing is a Japanese tradition, which predates rice cultivation. Traditionally, the full moon is admired on the 15th night of the 8th month. (Lunar calendar time. Translation: September 27, 2015.)  Noshing on snacks to accompany moon gazing is also a tradition. Popular Japanese Moon... Read Full Article

Japanese Cherry Blossom Brownies and 10 Tips on How-To Get Drunk with Happiness, #IsabelsBirthdayBash

07/30/2015
What makes life happy? Cherry blossoms, chocolate, friends and family. Okay, not all family 100% of the time! Still, family systems can provide tremendous love and support. Isabel Laessig is the CEO of the expanding Sunday Supper empire. Isabel’s #SundaySupper Twitter chat is designed to entice families to gather around the dinner table. Everyone is encouraged to share family recipes and stories. Isabel’s blog, Family Foodie,... Read Full Article

3 Pocky Chocolate Truffles and Bananas Foster Ice Cream, #Pocky

07/21/2015
Glico kindly provided product for this post. All opinions are my own. Chocolate Banana Pocky! Perfect crunch inside ice cream and outside chocolate truffles. The Big Easy is the birthplace of beignet donuts, bluesy jazz and Bananas Foster. New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, is home to Brennan’s Restaurant; the spot where the first rum-soaked banana sizzled and smoked in the 1950s.  After a tumble in... Read Full Article

Lemon and Japanese Yuzu Custard Cakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

07/20/2015
Playing peek-a-boo with my memory today…Japanese plum blossoms splash purple-pink color onto a stark parking structure; a pitter-patter of rain sings on traditional roofs in Tokyo (courtesy of the Periscope app.) And thanks to a formidable group of online gal pals aka The Cake Slice Bakers, a pucker of Japanese yuzu citrus scintillates my palate.  The puffs of whipped cream atop the Lemon and Japanese Yuzu Custard Cakes... Read Full Article

Land of Milk and Honey Muffins, #TwelveLoaves

07/05/2015
Even if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, doesn’t the Land of Milk and Honey sound luscious? According to Bible and Talmud experts, The Land of Milk and Honey is a metaphor for Israel, the Promised Land and fertile fields.  Got Milk? The holy books of mainstream religions tend to be pretty thick, right? But the idea of a Land of Milk and Honey has survived and seared into our consciousness. Maybe the idea has... Read Full Article

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