Archive of Past Blog Entries

Coffee? Tea? #Creative Cookie Exchange

#Creative Cookie Exchange creators, Rebecka of At Home with Rebecka and Laura of The Spiced Life have decreed that December is the time to celebrate holiday cookies. Our assignment was to contribute make-ahead freezer cookies. As I readied two batches of cookie dough, one for rich espresso and the other for elegant matcha green tea, Garth Brooks’ Unanswered Prayers played in my head. In the song he softly suggests, “Some of God... Read Full Article

Miso Sesame Cookies, #CookieWeek

Miso – a fermented soybean/rice/barley/salt mixture – is often seen in savory Japanese cuisine. The salty character of miso complements corn, salmon and provides the base for a myriad of miso soup recipes. I’d bet that miso is found in the kitchen of almost every household in Japan…Speaking of gambling, for this #CookieWeek post I used miso for a sweet Miso Sesame Cookie. Miso Sesame Cookies I... Read Full Article

Nutella Cookies, #CookieWeek

Despite the infatuation with foreign imports, Nutella has yet to find popularity in Japanese markets. If in need of a Nutella fix, fans can purchase the beloved chocolate hazelnut spread. In cities where Japan sees the biggest tourist traffic – Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto – in select markets. (Expect to pay double what you pay for Nutella in America.) Rich chocolate hazelnut is baked into a Nutella cookie.... Read Full Article

Saketini Christmas Balls, #CookieWeek

Welcome to #cookieweek my little cookie monsters! Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends! Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps or simply visit our... Read Full Article

Cinnamon Rolls à la The Great Pumpkin, #SundaySupper

Like cinnamon rolls, The Great Pumpkin of Peanuts cartoon fame adds sweetness to the Halloween season. In the midst of howling ghosts in Haunted Houses, this Ninja Baker craves a bit of comfort. How about you? Great Pumpkins: Ready to be transformed into pumpkin cinnamon rolls!   Hats off to you if you celebrate scary ghouls and spirits with gusto. You’ll feel right at home at this week’s #SundaySupper at... Read Full Article

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, The Weekend Gourmet Guest Post

“Life's too short to eat bad food.” So says Wendy, The Weekend Gourmet. And this Texas Rose walks her talk. On her blog, she consistently serves up desserts like Margarita Ice Cream, Raspberry Champagne Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting on her blog. Savory dishes, which are spectacular but do-able like Speedy Shrimp Pasta, also appear. Besides, the blog, Wendy is a TV star! Check out all her television... Read Full Article

Fuji Apple Cookies, #Creative Cookie Exchange

Do apples conjure up images of Halloween apple bobbing? Remembrances of blushing as deep red as the apple you presented to your first grade teacher? Or does Apple simply signify the name of a computer company? In the comments section, please share your favorite apple associations and memories. Mine is buying Fuji apples after school in Japan at a mom-and-pop fruit store. As I walked to the train station, that first bite revealed a bright... Read Full Article

Shrimp Scampi & Sushi, #SundaySupper, #FamilyDinnerTable

This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own. Shrimp scampi and sushi sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Well, it did to me until I discovered the truth: Scampi and sushi are easy to make! Admittedly, they are not the masterpieces made by master chefs Lidia Bastianich and Jiro Ono-sama.  But the Ninja Baker’s scampi and sushi are pretty enough and plenty tasty. Baby Roma... Read Full Article

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