Archive of Past Blog Entries

Champagne Iced Matcha Mini Cupcakes

Whispers of champagne and matcha mingle in the Ninja Baker’s Champagne Iced Matcha Mini Cupcakes. Next time the tablespoons of matcha and champagne will be increased. The tender crumb of the cupcake, however, is sublime. Matcha like champagne is a luxury item. Still there are categories of superiority. For matcha there are two main strains, ceremonial and culinary. Plus, two main types of ceremonial tea, and various grades of matcha used... Read Full Article25

Miso Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies #Healthy

Health and happiness are on the horizon! In 2019 you can eat cookies - Miso Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - and stay healthy. The Bon Appetit magazine inspired Miso Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies tames the inner Cookie Monster AND assures the adult-self you are super smart and responsible. If you are riding the wave of au courant brown butter recipes, the Bon Appetit inspired Miso Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is a... Read Full Article26

Cupcakes Instead of Cash in Beverly Hills #Sprinkles

有名人はよくカリフオニアのビバリーヒルズに遊びに行きます。デザイナーブランドの洋服店はたくさんありますが、ビバリーヒルズの主なアトラクションの1つは、現金ではなくカップケーキがATMから届くスプリンクルカップケーキショップです。 住所:Sprinkles Cupcakes: 9635 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210  Beverly Hills, CA is the playground for the celebs of the world. The designer shops on Rodeo Drive may be reserved for the rich and famous. However, you don’t have to own a pair of Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo shoes to enjoy an ATM that... Read Full Article27

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Bars

Santa letters, sparkly lights, Christmas carols; the holiday season is here! Then with a Ho-Ho-Ho, the festivities disappear as quickly as Rudolph, Dasher and Dancer. However, as a thoughtful hostess / mother / fill in the blank, you’ve got a surplus of Christmas goodies on hand. Packages of forgotten cranberries tumble from the freezer. Chocolate chips cascade from the cabinet. And that extra package of brown sugar stares at you from... Read Full Article28

Miso Salted Caramel Topping and Orange Chocolate Swirl Cake #GlutenFree

When you go to sushi you expect an offering of miso soup, right?  Taken for granted miso was once on par with a gift of silk. Miso was a precious seasoning reserved for royals. Two schools of thought prevail on the history of Japanese miso. One thought is that a form of miso was used to preserve food as early as the Iron Age. Another touts the idea that miso trailed in on the tails of Buddhism texts from China. Regardless of origin, it... Read Full Article29

Better than Pumpkin Pie Vegan Coffee Cake

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother knew or thing or two about finance. “The Chinese believe the pumpkin symbolizes prosperity, abundance, descendant's luck, illustrious children and enchantment,” says Feng Shui expert, Bette Steflik.  The princess-to-be’s godmother must have chosen the pumpkin coach on purpose. Bette says, “This supreme [pumpkin] fruit draws up earth energy to manifest gold. Make magic at your... Read Full Article30

The Orville Season 2 Bourbon Cake

Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame has elevated the FOX TV lineup to greater heights. In 2017 he launched The Orville. The TV show is an updated Star Trek with moments that tickle the funny bone. Although Seth is known for comedy, content of The Orville contains heart-stirring stories and commentary on society. (See The Orville Season 1 About a Girl and Majority Rule.) My darling husband David Watkinson was nabbed to handle graphics for the... Read Full Article31

Vegan Apple Mini Donuts for Japanese Health and Sports Day

Japanese Health and Sports Day commemorates the opening of the Olympics in 1964. And celebrates the benefits of healthy living every year every 2nd Monday in October. So, today, Monday, October 8, 2018 schools, companies are setting up Sports Day events. Races and tug-o-wars are but a few of the events. Exercise has always been important in Japan. On the rooftop of the Ricoh factory down the hill from our Tokyo home, 8 a.m. would bring... Read Full Article32