Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Miso Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches, #SundaySupper

What follows is a synopsis of my Hollywood Blockbuster. What’s the story about? Miso Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches. Movie Titles for Your Consideration: Please advise which title you’d pick. Or create your own. 1. Mission Possible: Miso Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches 2. The Ninja Baker’s Kitchen of Peculiar Happenings 3. UnFrozen: A Tale of Temperamental Ice Cream and Broken Machines Great movies... Read More

Reward Your Star Student with an A-Plus Gluten-Free Bento, #Glutino

This Ninja Baker was delighted to receive a gift box of gluten-free Glutino goodies. All opinions are my own. In the late 1970s, in the USA, fretting Mothers frantically figured out ways to create tasty gluten-free sandwiches for their children’s school lunches. Why? GMO (genetically modified organisms) wheat (and corn) were introduced to the American public. And made our children’s immune system sick and sensitive to... Read More

Au Lac: The Vegan Vision of the Amazing Mai Ngyuen

A treacherous Vietnamese regime dictated escape. So, in the stealth of night, Mai Ngyuen and her current husband stowed away on a boat headed to America. A sister awaited their arrival in Texas. The food culture of her new homeland was a shock. “The serving of steak (for one) would feed an entire family in Vietnam.” Still, assimilation was important. So Mai lined up for the steak lunches at the college cafeteria with her American... Read More

Gluten-Free Banana Cream Pie, #Glutino #Giveaway

Glutino, a purveyor of gorgeous gluten-free products kindly gifted me with a box of goodies. Plus, a stash of coupons. Scroll down for the simple steps to win the coupons for free gluten-free Glutino yummies. Ever wonder how we survived without the Internet? A touch of the fingertips to the keyboard…Voilà! We’re connected to the information highway. These days I’m wondering how I survived without Glutino gluten-free... Read More

Japanese Peach Boy Ice Cream, #SundaySupper

Magic. Never leave home without it. A sprinkle of fairy dust on grim reality is healthy. Like fairytales, a sense of awe leaves the door open to a belief in possibility - and magic! Okayama, a city slightly southeast of Osaka, celebrates Japanese children’s story hero, Momotaro (The Peach Boy.) Momo in Japanese means peach. The Okayama region of Japan is rich in gorgeous peaches. But Momotaro is more than a mere mascot. Manholes... Read More

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Frosting and Dip

Steeped for centuries, matcha green tea is swirled into the culture of Japan. From sublime meditation to "sanji" (3 o’clock) snack time, green tea is present. Sailing in from China in (1191) in the satchel of Zen Buddhist monk, Eisai, the tea settled comfortably into Japanese society. The prominent monk’s PR may have helped to popularize matcha tea in Japan. Eisai allegedly declared, “matcha green tea is the... Read More

Crossroads Kitchen: Love and Art Meet On A Vegan Plate, #Giveaway

Crossroads Kitchen: Love and Art Meet On A Vegan Plate (*Scroll down for the Crossroads Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway.) ウエストホリウッドのクロスローズ・キッチン。 What stirred Johannes Vermeer to paint his Girl with a Pearl Earring masterpiece? Why did Billy Joel compose Uptown Girl? Love. The same reason Crossroads Kitchen’s Chef Tal Ronnen took the vegan path and is now the maestro of exquisite plant-based cuisine.   Wanting to impress a cute... Read More

Miso Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Japanese matcha and miso are au courant. Suddenly, Bon Appétit and countless gourmet sites are touting the Japanese green tea and fermented soybeans. Growing up in Japan, matcha tea powder and miso soybean paste are staples in the kitchen of this Ninja Baker. Why fickle fame has spotlighted the Japanese staples now is a mystery. What is certain is the umami of miso and the subtle notes of matcha are now available to American audiences.... Read More

Japanese Green Tea Matcha Cream Topped Vegan Waffles, #SundaySupper

What tricks were used to cajole you into eating carrots as a child? As children, my sister and I traveled from Tokyo to Spain. Our superstar tennis mom was playing in a tournament. (As was Arthur Ashe who I was lucky enough to meet!) Mom needed to practice to win the big purse. So, my sister, Karen, took charge of meals and other caretaking duties. At one dinner, Karen promised me that if I ate all the carrots off my salad, my straight hair... Read More