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Sesame Sake Brownies

Sesame seeds and sake wine are kissing cousins in a Japanese bento lunch box. Salted salmon (or other center piece protein) are often zapped with sake wine. A bed of rice dotted with black sesame seeds typically snuggles next to the fish.

I tossed sesame seeds and sake together with everyone’s best friend – chocolate! Why? Chocolate makes everything better. Also, Dixie Crystals is gifting...

 

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 with upbeat posts and do-able, delicious recipes.

In ancient Japan, samurai would sip matcha green tea before battle. To pay tribute to Bobbi’s samurai-ness, I’ve baked up a dozen Double Chocolate Matcha (Green Tea) Cheesecake Minis.

10 Cupcake Treasures of 2013

As a curtain is drawn on the final days of 2013, I find myself contemplating…the discovery of ten cupcake treasures in 2013!  

From the World Wide Web constellation of sites touting spectacular sweets, eight cupcake recipes were destined to slip into my must-make file. Every single recipe meets the Ninja Baker cupcake standard: appealing and attractive, do-able and delicious! 

A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, #SundaySupper Retro Recipes

Gazing at the pictured strawberry shortcake on the back of the Bisquick box (sent in a care package to Tokyo from my grandmother, Nona, in Colorado)  I marveled as a kid at the American concoction. The biscuit heaped with mounds of cream and topped with strawberries was certainly different looking from the delicate strawberry shortcake slices sold in Japanese pâtisseries.

Melting the Waxen Hearts of Women

Farmers Markets are gaining popularity around the globe. From cosmopolitan cities in Japan to California beach towns and the Côte d'Azur in France, Farmers Markets are the food fashion of the season.

The Ninja Baker takes you on a tour of the Menton Market on the French Riviera.  She also spotlights several unique twists on chocolate. 

Bon voyage!

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