Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

TheCakeBoss Chocolate Cupcakes, TheNinjaBaker Plum Wine Frosting, #CakeBoss Facebook Event

Quick Quiz: 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. Or tried recipes out of any of the myriads of Cake Boss cookbooks? 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... Read Full Article

Enchanted Pumpkin Cookies, #CreativeCookieExchange

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.” Pumpkin cookies topped with chocolate witch hats are good! Getting to know ourselves can be scary business... Read Full Article

Mandarin Orange Sponge Cake, #TheCakeSliceBakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Currently, the challenge is to bake a final recipe from Carole Walter's Great Cakes recipes. The choice of cake rests with each individual baker.  Mandarin Orange Sponge Cake (an adaptation of Carole Walter's Great Cakes' Orange Sponge Cake) was this Ninja Baker's contribution to the Cake Slice Bakers. Everywhere you turn a Mandarin orange... Read Full Article

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Donuts, #SundaySupper

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 details.) 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... Read Full Article

Ramen Carbonara, #WeekdaySupper

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 pouring in lightly beaten raw eggs into hot noodles and letting the eggs scramble in a covered pan. As Japanese ramen and... Read Full Article

Slow Cooker Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, #SundaySupper

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 through the classic Kabuki (Japanese traditional theater) tale of Kurozuka. (An evil witch, a curious porter and... Read Full Article

Vegan Apple Biscoff Cinnamon Rolls, #TwelveLoaves

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.   One apple, alone In the abandoned orchard Reddens for winter. ~Patrick Blanche... Read Full Article

Vegan Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes, #SundaySupper

Have you ever tripped and found yourself sprawled out on the sidewalk? I’m not speaking metaphorically. I woke up anxious about my massive to-do list. I  pushed the feelings aside. Women are masters of multi-tasking, right? Starbucks in hand, I was determined to check off the items. Life had other plans. Preoccupied with “priorities” while scanning Santa Monica storefronts, the jagged sidewalk escaped my attention. Splat... Read Full Article

Best of Japan in Boulder, CO

Nestled in the mountain town of Boulder, Colorado nature generously gifts you with awe-inspiring beauty. Surprisingly, this born and bred Tokyoite also found an abundance of the nurturing comforts of Japan. Mountains are majestic but sometimes they can be treacherous beauties. Before launching into the details and delights of Japan in Boulder, I’d like to ask you to say a prayer, send healing energy to those who lost loved ones in... Read Full Article