Ree Drummond, the redheaded Pioneer Woman smiles at me from the cover of People magazine. Like many Americans, I’m enchanted with the Manhattan marketing maven who traded her high heels in for cowboy boots. Skyscrapers disappeared and so did her strict vegan diet. A dashing Ladd Drummond swept Ree off her feet and onto his ranch.
The Food Network star rejected her Pawhuska, Oklahoma small town roots in her youth. Fame as a globetrotting prima ballerina was young Ree’s goals. Yet a chance encounter in a smoky bar changed her mind. Ironically love brought her the notoriety she craved in her youth.
The Pioneer Woman blog started as recipes and photography of her new life on the ranch. Love for her cowboy, children and good food has led Ree Drummond to 15 TV seasons, 4 cookbooks, and 1 profitable Pioneer Woman product line.
Pioneer Woman recipes burgeoned from Ree’s care for family. They are practical, do-able and delicious! Her apricot bars are divine. B
My World on a Plate is currently the darling catering company of Hollywood’s celebs and event planners. Each dish and dessert spotlights flavors from around the globe. The CIA (Culinary Institute of America) trained chef; Keven Lee is the mastermind behind client faves such as Green Tea Anglaise topped White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Chef Keven perfected his chocolatier and pastry skills in Switzerland. The chef has also spent time experimenting with staples of the Japanese pantry. (He is a big fan of yuzu.) “My World on a Plate is (prepared to be) dared to be challenged on any level,” declares the chef.
My World on a Plate のケータリング会社ではハリウッドのセレブからよく注文があります。例えば、最近スタートレックのようなテレビシリーズのオービルという番組が始まった際、その打ち上げパーティーは、このMy World on a Plate のケータリング会社が使われました。My World on a Plate の意味は２つあります。シェフケビン・リーの作る料理のお皿に世界の味と自分のクリエイティブな感性を表現することです。
The Cookie Monster prepared a former Japanese boss for his life in America. Sesame Street’s approach to English language basics is fun! My hope is that my Matcha Monster Rice Krispies introduces essentials to successful travel to and business in Japan in a delicious manner. Japanese friends living abroad will also appreciate your awesome awareness of their culture.
Matcha Rice Krispies may look to be a no-brainer treat. Well, that’s true. If you know a few tricks. So, too, knowledge of a few Japanese customs and phrases will (almost) guarantee a magical Japan trip. A little effort is greatly rewarded in Japan. Don’t be surprised if you feel like a movie star.
If you know marshmallows, you know they are sweet but sticky. Before you melt the marshmallows and butter, you coat the pan with cooking spray. Right? When in Japan, you may see a cordial smile and take it at face value. If you know about tatemae and honne, you’ll think twice. And act accordingly.
Iconic filmmaker Frank Capra’s Shangri-La is fiction. His movie depicts a land of harmony and long life. Turns out there are places on planet Earth where health and happiness reign. They are referred to as Blue Zones. Okinawa is one. Ikaria Island in Greece is another. 1 out of 3 Ikaria’s residents live into their 90s. Dementia and depression are rare.
Disney magic weaves itself into Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes for Sunday Supper!
Pumpkin by itself is, well, pumpkin. Add sugar, spice, everything nice to pumpkin cupcake batter and now we’re talking. The apartment takes on the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and pie spice getting cozy with pumpkin.
As all things pumpkin arrive with autumn, I join the pumpkin mania parade. Pumpkin Chocolate Cake, Pumpkin Chocolate Pocky Muffins and M & M Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf are but a few faves. Notice a penchant for chocolate pumpkin pairing? Today is no exception. Oreo Minis make perfect Mickey Mouse ears. Tucked into cream cheese frosting atop pumpkin cupcakes, the cookies make Disney magic appear.
“We (only) hire people who honestly like matcha,” declares Midori Matcha Café owner, Dmitry Steinbuchel. “This brand is about heart.” Indeed a love and a passion for matcha motivates Dmitry to serve only the very best at his café. All matcha drinks are made with ceremonial grade tea and organic ingredients. The Midori Matcha’s latte, for instance, is made with organic honey. “It doesn’t mask the vibrant green tea taste.” Other matcha beverages include organic almond milk, bananas and protein powder.” For Dmitry, matcha is not just a fancy fad; it’s a lifestyle. Thanks to his wife who introduced him to matcha, Dmitry is wise in the ways of the health benefits of premium green tea. “Matcha is rich with L-Theanine, which helps with mental alertness. The tea also supports the immune system and metabolism.” While Midori Matcha Café is perfect for the health conscious, the café also caters to those of us with a sweet tooth. Their bestseller is their matcha and hoji-cha (roasted tea) ice cream soft cream. Popular, too, are the Midori Matcha Café’s matcha éclairs and cream puffs. Skip a meal and heading straight to the dessert menu. Or grab a healthy matcha drink to go. Any choice at the Midori Matcha Café will be a winning one!
Miracles, magic and moons are the topic of the day in the USA. Talk of the solar eclipse elicits excitement and trepidation. Similar to the emotions I felt when Dunkin’ Donuts opened their doors in Tokyo. Yes, it was a long time ago; during the dinosaur age (aka the ‘70s.) The import of an American donut franchise like Dunkin’ Donuts was a miracle! Tokyo in the 1970s had yet to see the onslaught of American-Japanese marriages of mayonnaise and maguro (tuna) sushi! Today in Tokyo, the offspring of global affairs are a given in Japanese supermarkets.
Donuts in the 1970s were also a connection to Mom. Massachusetts was home to Mom and Dunkin’ Donuts headquarters. Summer visits always included a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts and Steve’s Ice Cream in Somerville. Doctors may not approve but deliciousness is tied to happy times for me. How about you?
Somi Somi: A Marriage of East and West in an Ice Cream Cone
Somi Somi: 西洋と東洋が結婚したアイスクリームショップ
Somi Somi is aiming to go organic. Organic or not, Somi Somi is an ice cream shop not to be missed. (Unless you have serious food sensitivities.) Flavors familiar to the Japanese and Korean palate are swirled into a pancake cone! Specifically a taiyaki; a fish shaped shell. Traditionally, taiyaki is filled with red bean paste in both Japan and Korea.
Somi Somi offers the traditional take on taiyaki. Swooning for Somi Somi’s matcha, purple potato, sesame and milk ice cream, I didn’t miss the red bean paste. Plus, the ice cream topping choices include French macarons, American Fruity Pebble cereal and crushed Oreos. Somi Somi is located in Korea Town. The shop has been open less than a year. Word-of-mouth and magazines has already made the shop a crowd favorite. If you visit, I think you’ll see why.
“Teatime is more than a warming your hands with a mug of matcha.” So says my teatime aficionado friend, Marjorie. She’s right. It’s the heartfelt conversation which teatime seems to encourage. Whether the matcha is in a paper cup or bone China, the act of taking time to pour matcha (or substitute your favorite tea) allows beauty to appear. Even sorrows, when expressed are on their way to healing. Teatime also allows the space for telling the truth.
Hands clasped around mugs, my sister, my niece and I have gathered many times in the living room to celebrate and support each other. A higher quality matcha may have been served, but the dynamic remained the same when the three of us enjoyed afternoon tea at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. (Our outfits though were drastically different. Silk blouses and skirts replaced sweat pants.)