Archive of Past Blog Entries

Rum Glazed Cookie Cream Buns, #SundaySupper

Drunk on the joys of the season, I created Rum Glazed Cookie Cream Buns. Doughnut textured buns stuffed with cookie cream, smothered with rum glaze and topped with Japanese cookie crumbles, Rum Glazed Cookie Cream Buns are this Ninja Baker’s celebration of Christmastime dessert! Japanese sables garnish Pillsbury Bake-Off inspired cookie cream buns glazed with rum icing. The Japanese butter sable cookie package reads... Read Full Article

Vegan Midori Melon Cupcakes, #CupcakeDay

Christmas in Tokyo is a commercial affair. Tinseltown LA is similar. Last Christmas, I was touched to see true reverence for the season in Medina, Ohio. Snowy churchyards cradled full-size crèches. Never had I seen so many Nativity scenes or churches in one location. My heart still warms at the memory. Japanese Midori Melon liquor infused vegan cupcakes...designed to keep you in good spirits! Yet I confess I also smile when seeing... Read Full Article

Whole Wheat Cranberry and Walnut Bread, #TwelveLoaves

December days bring a frenzy of indulging in holiday shopping and sweets. It's fun! Sometimes taking a break to savor life's simple pleasures is equally pleasing. Like baking bread. Like biting into a slice of wholesome wheat bread studded with fresh orange, raw walnuts and dried cranberries… Whole Wheat Cranberry and Walnut Bread On the rare occasions when the Tokyo skies sprinkled snow onto the train tracks, school would... Read Full Article

Matcha Green Tea Holiday Wreath Cookies, #SundaySupper

‘Tis the season to hang holiday wreaths again. Time, also, to fill the home with the aroma of baking Christmas cookies. And hopefully have many reasons to be of good cheer! If nothing else my Matcha Green Tea Holiday Wreath Cookies will put a smile in your stomach. Extra fuss is required to make the cookies. But, the experience is a joyful one. Especially with Christmas carols blasting in the background. (An added bonus: Matcha Green Tea... Read Full Article

Breakfast Bento, #WishFarms

Japanese bento boxes are traditionally packed with lunch goodies. But with many of us juggle must-dos the moment our eyes flutter open. A to-go breakfast bento delivers a healthy solution to the morning rush....Especially when sweetened with Wish Farms strawberries and blueberries.    Do you suffer from boring breakfast blues? As the popular songstress, Taylor Swift says, "Shake it off!" And visit Misty'... Read Full Article

White Chocolate Sweet Potato Pecan Topped Cakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Every month a new challenge arrives...Currently, we are presented with the opportunity to bake one of four preselected from Southern Living’s The Southern Cake Book.   This Ninja Baker’s winning choice? White Chocolate Sweet Potato Pecan Topped Cakes (adapted from the Rum Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes recipe.) Little girls are made of, “Sugar,... Read Full Article

Ginger Chocolate Ninja Cookies, #CreativeCookieExchange

Japanese ninja are skilled in the art of stealth, secrecy and surprise. I’m wondering if Father Time is the original ninja. The arrival of the holiday season has caught me off guard. Thanksgiving is next week! AND Christmas trees sporting ornaments and tinsel line Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive.  Thanksgiving may have to be a fend for yourself sort of affair. But, I did stop reeling from the dizzying blow and realization that... Read Full Article

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Topped Waffles, #SundaySupper

“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~Poet, Arthur O’Shaughnessy quoted by chocolatier Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Are you a bonafide foodie? If you answered yes, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a must-see movie. Just in case you haven’t seen the classic film, here’s a brief intro: Tucked into five Willy Wonka chocolate bars are golden admission... Read Full Article