Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Mini Baked Alaska, #Chocolate Party

As a child didn’t the adults in your life ask, “What do you want to be when you’re a grownup?” How did you reply? My answer was “famous actress.” But I lied. I dreamed of being a royal princess. Whenever the ever-so genteel Crown Princess Michiko (now the Empress of Japan) appeared on television, my heart ached to embody such grace and enjoy such luxury.  Pre-Empress Days: Crown Princess... Read More

Midori Melon Flower Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

Innovation is a cornerstone to continued success in commerce. Take Suntory – the Japanese makers of whiskey since the early 1900s. The uber-masculine drink has sustained popularity in Japan and overseas. But in 1978 Suntory introduced a sweeter, more feminine liquor to the world. They called the drink Midori Melon and made a grand splash at Studio 54 in New York. (Just in case you’re too young to remember, Studio 54 was the... Read More

Black & White Vintage Cakes

“The very pink of perfection” (a quote by She Stoops to Conquer playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith) was inscribed at the top of my friend Anne’s “From My Sweet Heart” blog. Then, I saw her pink cake and swooned. After I picked myself up, ogled a few more photos and post, I saw that Anne was a member of The Cake Slice Bakers.    Curious, I e-mailed Anne. I was introduced to... Read More

Shoot for the Stars Chocolate Cupcakes, #SundaySupper

Today’s Father’s Day #SundaySupper is all about Dad. (Scroll down for the Twitter event time and details.)  Food bloggers from around the world are setting forth their best dishes for the patriarchs of their families. The founder of #SundaySupper, Isabel (aka Family Foodie) will be hosting this Father’s Day gala. Her noble mission is to bring more families together around the dinner table. Shoot for the Stars... Read More

Slightly Sophisticated PB & J Cake, #DessertChallenge

Sheryl, The Lady Behind the Curtain, peeked out to whisper the theme of June’s dessert challenge that was to be kept secret until today. I leaned in and heard strawberries and raspberries.   Hmm, fruits are rife on French influenced Japanese tarts. The berries are always artistically displayed and almost always on white flour and sugar laden pastries. Raspberries, Strawberries & Stacks of Fruit &... Read More

Gluten-Free Mousse & Cookies, #SundaySupper

Food revolutions are sweeping across America. Despite the statistics about the unhealthy eating habits in the U.S., the good word about gluten-free and dairy-free dishes and desserts is getting out. That’s thanks to grassroots leaders/ food bloggers like Bea at the Not So Cheesy Kitchen. As mom to daughters sensitive to various foods, Bea has consistently concocted delicious dairy-free and gluten-free treats for them. Lucky for us, she... Read More

Chocolate Matcha Swirl, #BundtaMonth

Matcha is the elite member of the green tea family. Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo (an hour away by train) and Uji on the southern island of Kyushu are two areas famous for the choice green tea leaves. Picking premium Japanese green tea leaves Photo Credit For this month’s swirl-in-a-Bundt theme, I twirled chocolate matcha into a bona fide Southern belle of a pound cake.   The pound cake... Read More

1950s Blast to the Past! Cherry #ChocolateParty

Chocolate covered cherries, Jitterbug dancing, and Elvis on Ed Sullivan. Remembrances from the idyllic 1950s childhood of my husband, David. Other wonderful memories include his mom, Betty and her baking. The smells of made-from-scratch pies and cakes in the oven awaited David upon his return from school. (Betty learned her skills by baking at her mother’s side.) Homemade Apple Pie from the Ninja Baker's Kitchen... Read More

Berrylicious Ice Cream, #SundaySupper

Elegant mini cups of Häagen-Dazs perch proudly next to their Japanese counterparts in Tokyo convenience stores. Häagen-Dazs is to be applauded. Traditionally, the Japanese palate has shunned heavy cream content in ice cream.   Many years ago, my father did his best to introduce an American ice cream company into Japan. But market research revealed the ice cream was too rich. In more recent days, foreign brands... Read More