Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Donuts, #SundaySupper

Budget-friendly recipes is the topic of today’s #SundaySupper. (You’re invited to join the chat around the virtual Twitter dinner table. Scroll down for details.) After pouring over pages of potential budget-friendly goodies, I landed upon the site of King Arthur. Photos of their pumpkin cake donuts looked irresistible. Pumpkin cans are aplenty in the Ninja Baker’s kitchen. (Have you noticed canned pumpkin goes on sale during... Read Full Article

Ramen Carbonara, #WeekdaySupper

Pre jumping-for-Katie-joy on Oprah’s couch, Tom Cruise shared a Carbonara recipe with the Queen of Talk Shows. The movie star was sharing with America the rewards of a nearly impossible mission - the Carbonara secrets of an Italian chef! I don’t recall Tom Cruise’s exact instructions. Except the part about pouring in lightly beaten raw eggs into hot noodles and letting the eggs scramble in a covered pan. As Japanese ramen and... Read Full Article

Slow Cooker Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, #SundaySupper

Last night I was in the presence of master storyteller and shamisen musician, Kunitoshi Kineya. (The shamisen is a 3 stringed lute, which has entertained the Japanese since the 1300s.)  Whilst sitting on the soles of his feet seiza-style (a killer on the knees!) and strumming his shamisen, Kineya-san transported the audience through the classic Kabuki (Japanese traditional theater) tale of Kurozuka. (An evil witch, a curious porter and... Read Full Article

Vegan Apple Biscoff Cinnamon Rolls, #TwelveLoaves

The apple is one VIP in the fruit family. Eve tempted Adam with an apple. Sir Isaac Newton’s wonderment about falling apples allegedly led to theories about gravity. And the Apple logo is now associated with high-tech computers and iPhones! Poet Patrick Blanche even wrote a Japanese-style haiku poem about the firm-skinned juicy-fleshed apple.   One apple, alone In the abandoned orchard Reddens for winter. ~Patrick Blanche... Read Full Article

Vegan Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes, #SundaySupper

Have you ever tripped and found yourself sprawled out on the sidewalk? I’m not speaking metaphorically. I woke up anxious about my massive to-do list. I  pushed the feelings aside. Women are masters of multi-tasking, right? Starbucks in hand, I was determined to check off the items. Life had other plans. Preoccupied with “priorities” while scanning Santa Monica storefronts, the jagged sidewalk escaped my attention. Splat... Read Full Article

Best of Japan in Boulder, CO

Nestled in the mountain town of Boulder, Colorado nature generously gifts you with awe-inspiring beauty. Surprisingly, this born and bred Tokyoite also found an abundance of the nurturing comforts of Japan. Mountains are majestic but sometimes they can be treacherous beauties. Before launching into the details and delights of Japan in Boulder, I’d like to ask you to say a prayer, send healing energy to those who lost loved ones in... Read Full Article

Misty, the Garden Pixie's Gluten-Free Strawberry Cookies Bento Adventure, #WishFarms

Misty, The Garden Pixie wishes sweet health for kids of all ages. Always looking for yummy ways to properly nourish Wish Farms fans and their families; Misty flew from Florida to the home of her friend, the Ninja Baker. After catching up on a bit of chitchat, Misty asked the Ninja Baker if she had any ideas for a great way to deliver healthy and delicious lunches. The Ninja Baker’s reply? “Pack a Japanese bento lunch box with lots... Read Full Article

Peanut Butter Ginger Apple Cookies, #SundaySupper

Did you see the classic film, E.T.?  Quick synopsis – without a spoiler: An alien, E.T., is adopted by siblings, Elliot, Michael and Gertie (played by Drew Barrymore.) Their autumn experiences with E.T. teach them about love and turning on “Heartlight.” (The title song of the film.) I'm in awe of Boulder, Colorado's autumn splendor. Autumn is a time when green leaves transform into magnificent hues. (... Read Full Article

Banana Nut Pocky Cupcakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

Banana bread is one of the first distinctly American baked goods I remember as a child. I was eager to emulate my glamorous stepmother, Barbara, so I was eager to adopt the same likes and tastes. An especially easy task when something as scrumptious as Barbara's banana bread is served. My stepmother, Barbara, swept into my life on my sixth birthday party.  The birthday balloons, the cake, and probably my dress were pink. (Note the... Read Full Article