Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Cinnamon Coffee Meringue Cookies, #Creative Cookie Exchange

Courtesy of the Internet, current news appears with lightening speed. Images and information whoosh into our computers in nanoseconds. But nature needs time when nurturing true learning. When mastering the cuisine of another culture or a new baking technique, permission to make baby step progress is crucial. Letting go of the expectation of perfect results is required for peace of mind. At least for this Ninja Baker. How... Read Full Article244

Bee-Bim Bop Sushi Rolls, #SundaySupper

Who is your role model? Newbery Medal winning author (and former food journalist) Linda Sue Park is one of mine. Her bestselling books are an artful glimpse into Korean culture. The pages of her novels for middle graders and young adults sing with insights into humanity. She also turns a phrase like no other in books like A Single Shard.   (At age 4 she won a poetry contest in a magazine with her haiku submission!) Bee-bim Bop!... Read Full Article245

#FitTeaDetox, $500 Target Gift Card Giveaway

This post is sponsored by FitTea who is giving away a $500 dollar Target gift card. (Scroll down for details.) All opinions are my own.  FitTea's slogan is "Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline." Usually my eyes will roll when I see promises of promos for slimmer bodies. As one who modeled in Tokyo, I am all too aware of what it takes to squeeze into a smaller dress size. However, the critic... Read Full Article246

Sesame Sake Brownies

Sesame seeds and sake wine are kissing cousins in a Japanese bento lunch box. Salted salmon (or other center piece protein) are often zapped with sake wine. A bed of rice dotted with black sesame seeds typically snuggles next to the fish. I tossed sesame seeds and sake together with everyone’s best friend – chocolate! Why? Chocolate makes everything better.   Sesame Sake Brownies drizzled with... Read Full Article247

The Ninja Baker's Japan, Part 2

If spring fever has you thinking about travel..You may want to sashay your way to Japan. Here's why! Hope you enjoy The Ninja Baker's Japan, Part 2      Soundtrack provided by   Ms. Mao Asada: 3-Time World Figure Skating Champion She lost her mother, stumbled in Sochi but is coming back strong! On 29 March 2014, she garnered her 3rd win at the World... Read Full Article248

Japanese Omurice Omelet

Japanese omurice (pronounced omu-raisu) is a marvelous culinary mix of the East and the West. Kernels of tomato-sauce-covered rice sprinkled with chicken are typically stuffed into the Japanese-style omelet. Omurice is like the American hamburger - readily available, easy to make AND kid and budget friendly. Packed with protein and vitamin C tomato goodness, omurice is a go-to meal for Japanese moms to feed kids at lunch... Read Full Article249

Espresso Cake with Kahlua Chocolate Ganache, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. We vote on a recipe and then bake the sweet from the same cookbook every month. Our current book is Carole Walter's Great Cakes. This month's sweet assignment? Espresso Cake!   Smooth as that first sip of coffee, sophisticated as a Kahlua cocktail, Carole Walter’s Great Cakes’ Espresso Cake is as soothing as jazz. Espresso flavors play... Read Full Article250

Matcha Cream Filled Sugar Cookies, #Creative Cookie Exchange

Japanese artists like Hiroshige and Shotei have transformed the challenges of winter into masterful works of art.  Although aesthetically pleasing, the discomfort of bitter winds and bone-chilling temps are realities for those residing in Japan. (With the exception of Okinawa and Japan’s southernmost islands.) Whispers of Spring So, when spring rolled around for this Ninja Baker (when living in Japan), my... Read Full Article251

Chocolate Mint Cake, #SundaySupper

"Eat Your Greens!" From appetizers to desserts, everything emerald is the focus of tonight’s #SundaySupper on Twitter. (Please scroll down for details.) Foodie Stuntman of Crazy Foodie Stunts hosts. He is sure to sprinkle his humor and culinary savvy into the conversation.  Serendipitously my husband’s assistant (on the TV show Bones) requested that I make a flourless chocolate cake. I obliged. And covered the... Read Full Article252