Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Follow the Gluten-Free Yellow Cake to Emerald City Matcha Magic

A package arrives addressed to the Ninja Baker. Inside the box a sliver of silver gleams. Digging through the plastic peanuts, I discover Dorothy: A bundt pan so named by The Peoplehood of the Traveling Swirly Pan. A ruby journal (Toto) dutifully leans against Dorothy. And appropriately a spatula with the red shoes is revealed. I love this brainchild project of Pastry Chef Online, Jenni Fields. She’s recruited a community of bakers from... Read Full Article

3 Japanese Ways to Dress Up an Idaho Russet Potato

The Idaho russet potato is a tried and true American classic. From the most momentous to mundane moments, the spuds faithfully deliver flavor. Idaho russets dutifully report to the kitchen and are whipped, baked and mashed into deliciousness. Do you have a potato recipe that is a family favorite? Please share! My husband’s mom was an excellent cook, baker and mother. (Think freshly baked pies every Friday.) David (my husband) was... Read Full Article

Matcha Scones, It’s A Small World & More, #InMyKitchen

It’s A Small World. Gone are the days of the static-filled conversation over the phone. Friends, family in remote reaches of the world now connect clearly with Skype and FaceTime. It’s a Small World that provides great opportunity to expand perspectives. I’m on Skype at least twice a week peeking into the homes of my friends in Japan. While collecting recipes for scones and other scrumptious items on the Internet, I peek into... Read Full Article

3 Ways To Enjoy Matcha Teatime and Gluten-Free Snack Magic, #Glutino

The gluten-free goodies in this post were generously provided by Glutino. “Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims Japanese matcha meets the modern American latte. Ancient Japanese poetry master, Issa thought matcha was so important that he wrote several haiku about green tea. Here’s a favorite: The tea smoke... Read Full Article

Vegan Magic and More at Sage Vegan Bistro

Vegan Magic & More at Sage Vegan Bistro ヴィーガンの魔法食  Sage Vegan Bistro cooks are herb savvy. They magically transform organic produce like cauliflower into a spectacular semblance of spicy Buffalo chicken wings. But the bistro cooks do more than zap dishes with culinary herbs.   From the first greeting, to the presentation of the Asian Noodle Salad (served Japanese-style in Mt. Fuji formation) to the final Banana Chocolate Chip Cake... Read Full Article

Matcha Donuts, #SundaySupper

Desserts and dishes celebrating spring are on the menu for this week’s #SundaySupper. (Please scroll down to see how you can add your brilliant creations.) My matcha green tea donuts post was intended to reflect my love for the gifts of spring:  The first harvest of fine matcha (green tea) leaves; cherry blossoms; and warm winds which whisper hope. Matcha Donuts Murmur Spring I still feel grateful for matcha; memories of home, of... Read Full Article

3 Easy Ways to Make Gluten-Free Chocolate Party Treats, #Glutino

A generous gift box from Glutino was delivered to the Ninja Baker’s kitchen. All opinions are my own. Glutino Gluten-Free Decadent Chocolate Cake Garnished with Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies. (You may be saying goodbye to Oreos. They are that good!) Pretty party fare in a pinch:  All it takes is a bag of Glutino gluten-free chocolate cake mix and a box of Glutino Vanilla Crème Cookies. It’s... Read Full Article

Sweets Shop to the Stars: Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Sweets Shop to the Stars: Erin McKenna’s Bakery 有名人のお菓子屋さん:エリン・マクケーナズ・ベーカリー   Put your sunglasses on! Erin McKenna’s Bakery in LA, NYC and Disney World is a great place for serious stargazing. The bakery’s roster of celebrity fans include Oscar winner Natalie Portman and FOX TV’s New Girl Zoe Deschanel.  The pull to the popular sweets shop is three-fold. Executive Baker and Owner of Erin McKenna’... Read Full Article

5 Beautiful Ways to Celebrate Spring, #InMyKitchen

Spring winds birth sakura cherry blossoms. In Japan, sakura petals carpet parks. Lanterns sway gently from the branches of cherry blossom trees. Picnickers clink sake glasses as the sun sets on this pink fairyland. Even with the California water shortage, gardens burst with color and fragrance. The smiling flowers fill me with gratitude. Sometimes it’s the simple things. Like sunshine on the face after bursts of cold is sublime. Or a... Read Full Article