Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

The Ninja Baker's Japan, Part 1

With the start of the New Year, I'm adding a new feature entitled the Ninja Baker's Japan. I'll be bringing you photos, videos and poetry from my Japan journal.  Hope you enjoy!      The knell of the bells at the Gion temple Echoes the impermanence of all things. The colour of the flowers on its double-trunked tree Reveals the truth that to flourish is to fall. He... Read Full Article

Valentine Fairy Cookies, #Creative Cookie Exchange

Snooping can pay off. I spied a container labeled Fairy Cookies in my cousin-in-law’s kitchen. Turns out the jar held homemade cookie mix that cousin Nancy learned how to make in the third grade! Lucky for me, Nancy had just baked a batch of the fairy cookies. Valentine Fairy Cookies Nibbling Nancy’s freshly baked cookies whirled me back to memories of my grandmother Nona’s baking. There is something magical... Read Full Article

Pocky Cake Pops, #SundaySupper

“Pokkin, pokkin.” Ah, the symphonic sounds of a bite of Japanese Pocky. (A chocolate covered biscuit stick.) In America, M & Ms are Mom’s prayer to avoiding messy hands. In Japan, Pocky allows mommies to hand over snacks without worry. A small portion of the Pocky stick - the handle -  is free of any chocolate coating. In the past several years, new Pocky cream coatings have surfaced. Pocky! The... Read Full Article

Not Ketchup Chicken & Cupcakes

Dreams are conveyer belts of messages from Heaven. At least that’s true for my friend Erika Kerekes of NotKetchup.com. Erika went on a cherry picking excursion and hauled thirty pounds of cherries home. A cherry blizzard of homemade cherry cobblers, pies, and jams hit the Kerekes' kitchen. There came a day, however, when she says, “I couldn't look at another jar of jam. I started thinking about what else I could do with... Read Full Article

Banana Pecan Breakfast Cupcakes

After tasting my banana pecan breakfast cupcakes, a shower of sparkly compliments washed over me from appreciative dance classmates. Monica Holland’s Lick the Bowl Good recipe for banana pecan breakfast cake served as the foundation for the cupcakes. Bananas and buttermilk blend into a moist, soft sponge cake. A sprinkle of brown sugar and pecans on top, make for a crunchy contrast.  Here’s the ironic part: The recipe is... Read Full Article

Double Chocolate Matcha (Green Tea) Cheesecake Minis for Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

Bobbi has stepped away from her Kozy Kitchen at the moment and has invited this Ninja Baker to fill in for today. I am thrilled! Guest blogging for Bobbi is a complete honor. I’ve got some Ninja moves in the kitchen but Bobbi’s samurai spirit and culinary craftsmanship are stratospheric. Bobbi has battled cancer among other health challenges and emerged victorious. Casting the past aside, she perseveres and presents readers... Read Full Article

Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream, #SundaySupper Birthday Party

Why am I writing about red azuki bean ice cream in the dead of winter? I’ve been invited (and so are you!) to a Sunday Supper birthday party. Plenty of cake is sure to be served. But birthday cake just isn’t the same without ice cream. And red azuki bean paste is what fills an-pan bread – a popular Japanese winter warming bun. (Anko - red azuki bean paste - is made from boiled beans and lots of sugar.) So, I thought it... Read Full Article

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. We vote on a recipe and then bake the sweet from the same cookbook every month. Our current book is Carole Walter's Great Cakes. This month's sweet assignment? Old-Fashioned Pound Cake!   Mona Lisa is better looking when embraced by her golden frame in the Louvre. Ginger Rogers shines brightest when dancing with Fred Astaire. Similarly in the... Read Full Article

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