Time to lighten up! A decree to serve lighter fare at the virtual #SundaySupper table was issued. Before the onslaught of gobble, gobble (US Thanksgiving) goodies; before the deluge of Christmas and Chanukah desserts, this time of year warrants a sweet that offers delight but saves a few calories. Inspired by the many Japanese cheesecakes that call for tofu, I created the Skinny Ninja Cheesecake.
Halloween is creeping up on us fast! In a blink of an eye, many of us will be serving Thanksgiving turkey. (And scolding spouses to stop watching football in favor of family time. Not any spouses I know of course!) Soon after, snow may alight in time for Christmas in colder climates. Along with the fall leaves and flurries, the season ushers in holiday parties. I love the festive spirit of this time of year. It’s like we’re given an extra excuse to celebrate life! For greater ease during the holidays, I’ve prepared 5 Tricks to Tantalizing Treat Trays...And a giveaway!
Do you ever get dizzy whirling around on a planet where the bad news du jour is served 24/7? Isn’t it comforting that a tap or two of computer keys transports you to a realm where rainbows, unicorns, hearts roam freely? Plus a place where recipes for goodies we all secretly crave reign supreme! Of course, I’m talking about the virtual home of the Cake Spy aka author/artist Jessie Oleson.
1. Do you watch Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, on TV?
2. Are you addicted to the Next Great Baker show?
3. Do you own the cookbook entitled Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia?
4. Have you tried recipes out of the Cake Boss cookbook?
5. Are you a frequent visitor of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey and/or in Las Vegas, Nevada?
Diagnosis: You may be a Cake Boss fan if you answered yes to any of the above questions.
If your reply was no, here’s a chance to meet and be inspired by the TV celebrity chef and successful owner of Carlo’s Bakery on Facebook.
Blinged out in a pink, poufy prom gown, Glinda asks Dorothy, “Are you a good witch or bad witch?” (In the film classic, The Wizard of Oz.) Besides handing Dorothy the ruby slippers, Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, also offers up gems such as, “If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.”
Getting to know ourselves can be scary business though. Truly looking sometimes means...
Everywhere you turn a Mandarin orange perches atop two mochi (pounded rice) rounds during the Japanese New Year season. The Japanese mikan (aka Mandarin orange) symbolizes longevity and good health. Rounds of mochi represent the mirror that coaxed the cranky Japanese sun goddess, Amaterasu, out of her cave. Amaterasu, by the way, is the mythological mommy of Japan’s first emperor and birthed light into Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun...Japan was plunged into darkness as Amaterasu delivered the famous line...
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 detail.) 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 the holiday season? Well, with their long shelf life, I stocked up...Originally I set out to replicate the King Arthur recipe. Something felt off. The still small voice was talking.
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...
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...
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.