Saketini Christmas Balls, #CookieWeek

Cookie Week days are chock full of goodies to support scrumptious celebration of the holidays. Sweets are key to any party in Japan. However, no significant celebration is complete without sake rice wine. From ancient times, sake was offered up in gratitude to the gods after a bountiful harvest. Later, the Japanese government actually created a Department of Sake! One of Japan’s samurai leaders also...

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, The Weekend Gourmet Guest Post

With the advent of autumn, I thought a pumpkin treat was in order. In Japan, the kabocha squash is the star of the season. A bit of brown sugar and melted butter with roasted kabocha is lip-smacking yummy. But, this is a post for The Weekend Gourmet! So, I opted for a treat with a tad more pizzazz -  Sweet ‘n Spice and Everything Nice Pumpkin Whoopie Pies!  To balance the spicy soft cookie sandwiches, I filled them with a sweet maple cream...Read more at The Weekend Gourmet.

Quick 'n Easy Asian-Style Quinoa, #SundaySupper

Although Asian-style quinoa is indeed quick and easy, I could have titled this post with other adjectives like "super healthy" and "tasty." Quinoa is gluten-free, packed with protein and combats inflammatory issues.  Extra-firm tofu is also extra good for you.  Especially the organic kind made with non-GMO soybeans. So this is a multi-tasking vegetarian’s dream come true...

M & M Nutella Cake, #BundtaMonth

Finally, our flight from Tokyo would land at San Francisco International Airport. My sister and I would charge through customs; bear-hug Great-Uncle George and make a beeline for the closest store selling American candy. Today, Snickers and M & Ms are rare commodities sold in expensive Tokyo supermarkets specializing in imports. (Aspirin-looking hybrids of M & Ms, however, are more readily available.) In the ‘60s and ‘70s (don’t do the math!), we were lucky if we found Swiss Toblerone...

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