Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Banana Nut Pocky Cupcakes, #TheCakeSliceBakers

Banana bread is one of the first distinctly American baked goods I remember as a child. I was eager to emulate my glamorous stepmother, Barbara, so I was eager to adopt the same likes and tastes. An especially easy task when something as scrumptious as Barbara's banana bread is served. My stepmother, Barbara, swept into my life on my sixth birthday party.  The birthday balloons, the cake, and probably my dress were pink. (Note the... Read Full Article

Vegan Green Tea Cupcakes and Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains were where I learned English. I remember sitting in a confused daze in my grandmother's kitchen as my blonde-haired, blue-eyed cousin spouted gibberish.  Even though I spoke English a few years later, I found myself dreading summertime trips to the Centennial State. This city girl from Tokyo was not particularly fond of the Meadow Mountains Girl Scout Camp in the boonies. I also didn... Read Full Article

Acorn Squash Ramen, #SundaySupper

Squirrels scamper around Boulder, Colorado. They dart in and around and up trees. I even saw one squirrel nibbling a nut. Or maybe it was an acorn. Sly ninja moves to capture close-ups of the cuties on film are no match for the masters of escape. Perhaps the squirrels are skittish because they’re hoarding food.  Are you looking for an acorn Mr. Squirrel? Fall temps are fully evident in Boulder. "Tis the season... Read Full Article

Asian Pear Bread, #TwelveLoaves

A golden skin covers the pale white Asian nashi pear. Dripping succulence and deliciousness, this Japanese apple-pear signals the start of autumn in Japan. In the olden days, the road from the American School in Japan to Tamabochimae train station was lined with mom-and-pop shops. One sold fruit and vegetables. Another sold candy and Japanese rice crackers. Soba shops also lined the path to the train station.  The golden Asian... Read Full Article

Chocolate Oreo Pocky Cupcakes, Cake, and Morello Cherry Buttercream, #SundaySupper

Summertime is slipping through our hands like fine sand. Just as there is no stopping the waves that roll up on the shore, charging into our lives are the changing seasons. So, why resist? Whether it’s the weather or anything else in our lives, change is inevitable. Why not honor the metamorphosis? The Japanese have done just that for centuries. In Japan, the traditional tatami straw mat family room has a tokonoma – a recessed... Read Full Article

Cherry Chipotle Ice Cream and Brownies, #NotKetchup

Shall I “dare to disturb the universe?”(T.S. Elliot’s classic poem, The Wasteland.) The answer from the World Wide Web and popular literature (aka social media) screams yes. Dreams are to be followed. Wishes of the heart are to be fulfilled. Even the wise poet/philosopher of the 1800s, Henry David Thoreau penned, “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased... Read Full Article

Ninja Notes on Chocolate Marble Cake Baking, #The Cake Slice Bakers

The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of bakers from around the world. Currently, the challenge is to bake one of four preselected Carole Walter's Great Cakes recipes.   Zach's Chocolate Marble Cake was this Ninja Baker's winning choice. Carole Walter’s Great Cakes’ recipes are great teaching tools for baking ninjas who want to improve their skills. Zach’s Chocolate Marble Cake is no exception.... Read Full Article

Berry Nutty Bento, #SundaySupper

As autumn draws near do you find yourself slowing down or moving faster? Currently, Boulder, Colorado buzzes with the return of college kids. The youthful energy is palpable. Red shopping carts zigzag like bumper cars down the aisles of Target. The scene is reminiscent of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish markets where quick action is required to snatch the best tuna. Still, as I prepare our newly acquired condo as a haven for responsible... Read Full Article

Quinoa Donburi and Mini Bento, #Beyond Meat

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I am honored that my friends at Beyond Meat included the Ninja Baker in spreading the word about Beyond Meat Beef-Free Crumbles. Visionaries, Bill Gates (Yes! The Bill Gates of Microsoft) and Twitter co-founders, Biz Stone and Evan Williams are among the investors. CEO & Founder of Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown, is the son of a farmer. Mr. Brown is also an expert in the clean... Read Full Article