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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