Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Greek Chirashi Sushi, #SundaySupper

Chirashi sushi is a super easy to make Japanese meal. It's also the solution to little time and lots of people to feed. Like a My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 potluck party. Nichole Crews of Casa de Crews has arranged such a Sunday Supper feast. Scroll down and get inspired to celebrate the opening weekend of the Greek wedding extravaganza movie. Or at least grab some Greek-inspired scrumptious suppers and sweets. Chirashi Sushi is ideal... Read Full Article

Japanese Egg Crepes (Kinshi Tamago) #SundaySupper

The political skirmishes on the world stage and/or in the office can be ugly. My escape is to make pretty. In the kitchen, I whip up comfort foods like kinshi tamago – Japanese egg crepes. I also go bike riding on Santa Monica beach. And thank God I’m a docent at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens. What’s your RX for finding beauty? In Japan, artistic presentation is key: The plating of food, the packaging of products,... Read Full Article

Tofu Nuggets, #SundaySupper

Japan is famous for amazing Kobe wagyu beef. Exceptional taste (thanks to the marbled fat) and exceptional cost (thanks to the methods - such as massage - used to raise the cows.) Beef certainly was not taken for granted at our dining room table in Tokyo.   Tofu was always in our refrigerator. Not the kind of packaged tofu in an American supermarket. Sure, the contents looked similar, but in Tokyo (circa 1960s, 1970s) fresh tofu was... Read Full Article

5 Secrets to Serenity and Girl Power, #InMyKitchen

I'm delighted Maureen of peeked #InMyKitchen and invited me to share. Maureen is the epitome of serenity and girl power. Despite Life’s curve balls, she stands tall. (To read her story go to Maureen also proves her prowess in the kitchen with do-able gourmet dishes and desserts. I’m grateful for Maureen’s inspiration and invite to her #InMyKitchen party. #GirlPower!  March 3rd... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Pie, #SundaySupper

Visit Japan and you’ll see symphonies of artistic sweets. The eye follows an unbroken rhythm of desserts composed into perfect rows. Each piece influenced by the natural beauty of the season. In springtime, both traditional Japanese sweets shops and Parisian-inspired patisseries celebrate cherry blossoms. Perfect accompaniments for cherry blossom gazing: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Pie Minis To revel in the warm March winds... Read Full Article

5 Delightful Facts About Lavender, #GalentinesDayParty Ice Cream

What in the world is a Galentine’s Day Party? As inspired by the popular TV show, Parks and Recreation, the idea is to celebrate gal pals. Today’s hosts are Nancy of Gotta Get Baked and Courtney of Neighbor Food. Scroll down and you’ll see a sumptuous buffet of recipes designed for this sensational soirée. Luscious Honey Lavender Ice Cream is my offering. Lavender was on the top of the shopping lists for the... Read Full Article

Love Blossoms a Beautiful Bakery : Sensitive Sweets

Love Blossoms a Beautiful Bakery : Sensitive Sweets センシティブ•スウィーツ:アレルギーの方にも お勧めのお菓子屋さん A chocolate chip cookie all dressed up and ready for Valentine's Day! バレンタイン・チョコレート・チップ・クッキー  Orange County, California is home to two Sensitive Sweets bakeries. They are a testament to a mother’s love for her children. Sensitive Sweets’ owner, Melanie Hohman’s two sons are challenged with severe food allergies. Determined... Read Full Article

How To Win the Super Bowl Snack-Time Game, #Glutino

Glutino kindly gifted this Ninja Baker with free product for this How To Win the Super Bowl Snack-Time Game post. All opinions are my own.   Palette Touchdown! Glutino's Gluten-Free Honey Mustard Pretzels  & The Ninja Baker's Miso-Mayo Dip Taut as a high wire act, tensions run high at Super Bowl Sunday parties. Both Broncos and Panthers fans are praying for historic wins. Broncos' Colorado... Read Full Article

Japanese Plum Wine Donuts, How to Survive A Broken Heart, #RED #TwelveLoaves

Like butterfly wings, Life is fragile. There is beauty. The searing pain of leaving the known territory of a cocoon is also Life. Sometimes I want to take flight to a Japanese garden and soak in serenity. No matter the escape, reality always comes marching in. Life is like a bento box of donuts...You never know what you'll get! Enchanted by the idea of taking on another persona, I pursued the life of an actor into my twenties. My 5-... Read Full Article