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 to the eye, bitter winds and bone-chilling temps are realities for those residing in Japan...So, when spring rolled around for  my spirits lifted. Instead of seeing stark tree branches shivering grey, delicate pink cherry blossoms quivered.  Bushes which had been bare for months, boldly pronounced the start of a new season with fuschia and red azaleas. 

Chocolate Mint Cake, #SundaySupper

My husband’s assistant (on the TV show Bones) requested that I make a flourless chocolate cake. I obliged. And covered the cake with Girl Scout Thin Mint based green frosting for today’s "Eat Your Greens!" post.

What foods and/or drinks does the color green evoke for you? When I first saw this week’s #SundaySupper Eat Your Greens theme, my mind flew to the following...

Irish Cream Cupcakes

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” (A quote often attributed to Plato, the author of The Republic and other contemplative works.)  Well, the folks at Gilbeys of Ireland did some serious thinking about how their fellow countrymen could enjoy their beloved whiskey without suffering stomach problems. Drinking milk before bar hopping was said to reduce those stresses. After much research, Gilbeys introduced Baileys Irish Cream into the world: A masterful blend of whiskey and cream.

Ramen Stir Fry, #SundaySupper

Lurking in the shadows of many a backstreet are shady business deals. However, in the alleyway known as Ganso Ramen Yokocho in Sapporo, Japan, priceless ramen noodle experiences await you. (Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido - Japan’s northernmost island.) Taunting you will be a row of ramen noodle houses. Each one decidedly delicious with a long history (many since 1951) of serving up unforgettable slurps of skinny ramen noodles.

Shrimp Mac 'n Cheese à la Japonais, Foodie Friends Friday Nothing But Noodles #Pasta Party

Maybe noodles were created specially for mothers. It’s the one food most children around the world will agree to eat. Won tons stuffed with meat, ramen noodles swimming in veggies and soup, spaghetti swirled on a fork with tomato sauce – centuries old child approved fare. And, of course, America’s favorite standby comfort food macaroni and cheese.

Breakfast Bento with Gluten-Free Mini Scones

The Ninja Baker’s Breakfast Bento starring mini gluten-free scones could make your munchkins smarter. No kidding. According to Rutgers University research, families who collaborate in the kitchen together show kids with higher math scores and richer vocabularies. (Sharing mealtimes also contribute to the well-being quotient.) So, take a step in the right direction with my completely cute, do-able and healthy breakfast bento.

Strawberry Pocky Chocolate Cookies, #Creative Cookie Exchange

Strawberries sparkle on vines throughout Japan. Elegant patisseries showcase the red jewels atop cakes and ice cream sundaes. Strawberries are also consistently combined with chocolate...My white chocolate cookie is stuffed with bits of Strawberry Pocky and Kit-Kat from Japan. The Japanese have taken America's Kit-Kat to another level by...

 

 

 

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