Archive of Past Blog Entries

3 Corns with Japanese Accents, #SundaySupper

Giggling children skip and jump through garden sprinklers.  Steaks sizzle on barbecues. Star-spangled fireworks decorate velvet skies.  It’s summertime in the USA; the season of summer parties and Independence Day festivities. Fireworks Blast off into Summer Skies Jennie, who teases readers with tantalizing, do-able desserts at her blog, hosts our virtual SundaySupper summertime festivities. She... Read Full Article329

Mini Baked Alaska, #Chocolate Party

As a child didn’t the adults in your life ask, “What do you want to be when you’re a grownup?” How did you reply? My answer was “famous actress.” But I lied. I dreamed of being a royal princess. Whenever the ever-so genteel Crown Princess Michiko (now the Empress of Japan) appeared on television, my heart ached to embody such grace and enjoy such luxury.  Pre-Empress Days: Crown Princess... Read Full Article330

Midori Melon Flower Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

Innovation is a cornerstone to continued success in commerce. Take Suntory – the Japanese makers of whiskey since the early 1900s. The uber-masculine drink has sustained popularity in Japan and overseas. But in 1978 Suntory introduced a sweeter, more feminine liquor to the world. They called the drink Midori Melon and made a grand splash at Studio 54 in New York. (Just in case you’re too young to remember, Studio 54 was the... Read Full Article331

Black & White Vintage Cakes

“The very pink of perfection” (a quote by She Stoops to Conquer playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith) was inscribed at the top of my friend Anne’s “From My Sweet Heart” blog. Then, I saw her pink cake and swooned. After I picked myself up, ogled a few more photos and post, I saw that Anne was a member of The Cake Slice Bakers.    Curious, I e-mailed Anne. I was introduced to... Read Full Article332

Shoot for the Stars Chocolate Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

Today’s Father’s Day #SundaySupper is all about Dad. (Scroll down for the Twitter event time and details.)  Food bloggers from around the world are setting forth their best dishes for the patriarchs of their families. The founder of #SundaySupper, Isabel (aka Family Foodie) will be hosting this Father’s Day gala. Her noble mission is to bring more families together around the dinner table. Shoot for the Stars... Read Full Article333

Slightly Sophisticated PB & J Cake, #DessertChallenge

Sheryl, The Lady Behind the Curtain, peeked out to whisper the theme of June’s dessert challenge that was to be kept secret until today. I leaned in and heard strawberries and raspberries.   Hmm, fruits are rife on French influenced Japanese tarts. The berries are always artistically displayed and almost always on white flour and sugar laden pastries. Raspberries, Strawberries & Stacks of Fruit &... Read Full Article334

Gluten-Free Mousse & Cookies, #SundaySupper

Food revolutions are sweeping across America. Despite the statistics about the unhealthy eating habits in the U.S., the good word about gluten-free and dairy-free dishes and desserts is getting out. That’s thanks to grassroots leaders/ food bloggers like Bea at the Not So Cheesy Kitchen. As mom to daughters sensitive to various foods, Bea has consistently concocted delicious dairy-free and gluten-free treats for them. Lucky for us, she... Read Full Article335

Chocolate Matcha Swirl, #BundtaMonth

Matcha is the elite member of the green tea family. Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo (an hour away by train) and Uji on the southern island of Kyushu are two areas famous for the choice green tea leaves. Picking premium Japanese green tea leaves Photo Credit For this month’s swirl-in-a-Bundt theme, I twirled chocolate matcha into a bona fide Southern belle of a pound cake.   The pound cake... Read Full Article336