Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Low Calorie Japanese Noodle Salad

“Imagine all the people living life in peace.” So sang legendary ex-Beatle John Lennon. Turn on the TV for the world report and you see strong imagination skills are needed! Ready for some good news? (Me, too!) Borders blend and different cultures exist harmoniously in the humblest home cook’s kitchen to the haute designer ateliers of celebrity chefs. American bacon and low-calorie Japanese shirataki noodles... Read More

Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes and Japanese Plum Wine Cake, #DixieQuicktakes

This post is sponsored by Dixie Quicktakes. All opinions are my own. Building a bridge of understanding between the East (with an emphasis on Japan) and the West (mainly the US) via the avenue of food brings me great joy. There is wisdom in the adage, “Write about what you love.”  I delight in baking and sharing goodies with non-GMO ingredients and imported Japanese products. Quality is key to yummy outcomes.... Read More

No-Bake Raspberry and Japanese Yuzu Citrus Bars, #SundaySupper

Summer signals the start of freedom: School vacations, celebrations of independence in the US and France. Thanks to a #SundaySupper Twitter chat, you’ll also be able escape a hot kitchen while temperatures soar. A treasure trove of tips and no-bake recipes will be shared. Scroll down and you’ll see details on how to attend the Summer Chillin’ #SundaySupper hosted by one of the smartest bloggers on the web, Alaiyo Kiasi of... Read More

Blueberry and Japanese Yuzu Citrus Muffins, #TwelveLoaves

Funny how specific foods summon memories. Do you have any special associations with blueberries? Plump blueberries always bring to mind for me summer fun in Massachusetts. After another school year was over, I’d fly out of Haneda or Narita and head for my mother’s home in Cambridge for a month. (My parents divorced when I was 5. I lived with my Dad and stepmom in Tokyo.)  Summertime Pleasures: Blueberry muffins accented... Read More

Cherry Chip Blossom Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

With the flowering of Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan, poetry, songs, picnics and sweets flood the marketplace. The Sakura, Sakura (cherry blossom) lullaby is the infant’s introduction to music. As Megadeth rock band ’s former guitarist Marty Friedman will confirm, mothers and grannies are not the only ones singing about cherry blossoms. On a recent Japanese TV show (?????????????? Hard to Say Things,... Read More

Top 3 Dream Kitchen Appliances, PartSelect KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer Contest

Are you a dreamer or a pragmatist? To quote popular TV psychologist, Dr. Phil, “How is it working for you?” I’m genuinely curious.  I’d love to learn how happiness and success slipped into your life. What's your birthday cupcake candle wish? Since my 20s, I’ve collected photos, created collages and made lists of my ideal mate, dream job and home….It works. Here are 3 examples... Read More

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Currently, the challenge is to bake one of four preselected Carole Walter's Great Cakes recipes.  Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting was this Ninja Baker's winning choice.   I looked left and right. The coast was clear. Not a grownup in sight. Lifting the freezer lid, clouds of ice steam enveloped my face. Determined, I... Read More

Japanese Plum Sushi, #PicnicGame

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket. I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing... Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird... Read More

Chunky Monkey Vegan Banana Bread, #SundaySupper

Recipes men love is the Twitter chat around today’s #SundaySupper table. (You are definitely invited! Please scroll down for the details.)  As my husband, David, is the man I love, I’m contributing his favorite food  - vegan fare! Specifically, Chunky Monkey Vegan Banana Bread. (Based on the famed Chunky Monkey banana ice cream sprinkled with bits of dark chocolate and walnuts.) Vegan Banana Bread: Inspired by... Read More