Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Savory #MuffinMonday

Olives in muffins? Did I read the e-mail from our Muffin Monday fearless leader right? Yup. Olives were the theme for this week. Hmm. I’m not a huge olive fan. I associate olives with martinis, salad bars and Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oil. (I first saw the cartoon in Japanese. It was fun to travel to the States during summer vacation and experience Popeye’s different English inflection.) So, I was stumped…. Until I... Read More

Pineapple #MuffinMonday

  Aloha! Sip your brightly colored umbrella drink. Exhale as the ocean waves lick the crystalline sugar sand beach. Feel the balmy breeze and smile. You’re in my Hawaiian escape fantasy. Ah well, we can dream and save our pennies to make our fantasies a reality, right? The good news is there is a way to enjoy immediate escape. Muffins made with fresh pineapple and a touch of lemon zest!   Pineapple Muffin... Read More

Japanese Picnic Bento Box, #SundaySupper

  Summer in Japan is sweltering hot. Fans work overtime. Shutters are thrown wide open. The occasional breeze will set off the sounds of the furin garden wind chimes. Light and lovely, it’s as if fairies are making music. Furin wind chimes making fairy music Click here for the photo credit Sounds of rain tap dancing on rooftops are a frequent occurrence in June. The good news is that all that water encourages gorgeous... Read More

Almond Cookies & Orange Cake Bon Bons, #Baked with Love

  Baked with Love is a monthly event hosted by (Scroll down to see the rules of participation.) If you visit Roxana’s blog, you’ll see she bakes (almost) daily with love! Chocolate Marble Banana Bread and Dulce de Leche Bars are but two examples of the care she pours into her delicious and do-able recipes. Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls was my entrée into the world of... Read More

3 Breakfasts for Champions, #ImprovChallenge

  Mary Poppins, the legendary Disney nanny sings, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” As a champion of bringing cheer and comfort to children, she should have added cinnamon spice! When life proves challenging, there is nothing like the comforting aroma of baking cinnamon and sugar.   So, when an e-mail from Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker slipped into my inbox... Read More

Coconut Lime Meringue Bliss, #DessertChallenge

Have you tried baking with coconut and lime lately? Well, set your oven to 325 degrees and welcome in heaven with a lime and coconut meringue pie. Coconut meringue piled on top of tangy lime “tastes good.” (To quote my husband.)  But the aromas that emanate from the oven and embrace the kitchen are divine.   Coconut Lime Meringue Bliss Pie  The idea of combining coconut and lime was inspired by... Read More

Strawberry Chocolate Bento, #Chocolate Party

  Bento lunch boxes – from Hello Kitty and polka dots to somber and simple – are seen in school lunchrooms, corporate cafeterias in Japan. Most every Japanese home has one. The demand for the stylish lunch boxes in the U.S. seems to be on the rise; more and more supermarkets and internet sites in the U.S. are selling the stylish lunch boxes. Americans are picking up on this Japanese custom of fixing bento boxes for... Read More

Japanese Mexican Tacos, #SundaySupper, #CincodeMayo

  May 5 brings festivity and feasts and honors the strength of soldiers and samurai on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. In the U.S, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla (1861-1867.) Mariachi bands play, tamales are consumed and vendors hawk Mexican tchotchkes (trinkets.) “Tequila Appreciation and Tasting,” “Beer and Taco Festivals” are but a few of the events featured... Read More

Hello Kitty Rice Krispies, #SundaySupper

UPDATE: 01 May 2013 In my pursuit of Hello Kitty perfection, I've made a second batch...There will probably be a third. Stay tuned!     Challenge Thyself. That was the decree for this week’s #SundaySupper. Those who gather round the virtual dinner table at Twitter on 28 April at 7 p.m. ET will discuss their triumphs, defeats and lessons learned from making a recipe never tried. You are definitely invited to share your... Read More