Past Blogs

Here are previous blog entries from months gone by. Just click on a title to read the full post.


Japanese edamame are the fun beans you pop out of fuzzy shells at sushi bars. They are the sidekick to the rainbow rolls and other flamboyant presentations.  However, the unassuming little edamame pods deliver star power in the nutrition arena.

Here’s a quick ABC guide to the benefits of edamame...


Life is a mystery. The atrocities and the miracles leave me awe-struck. I marvel too how lore infused in foodstuffs have endured centuries. Why do some foods continue to carry symbolic meaning through time?...The Song of Solomon – a tribute to love and a text sacred to both Jews and Christians – features the fig.


Dorothy was right. “There’s no place like home.” But what do you do when lost in the wondrous land of Oz? Which path do you take when home is far away? Do you meditate to center yourself? Go hang gliding?  Pretzel yourself into yoga poses? (Kudos to you if you choose yoga. My flexibility factor is zip!)



“Imagine all the people living life in peace.” So sang legendary ex-Beatle John Lennon. Turn on the TV for the world report and you see strong imagination skills are needed!

Ready for some good news? (Me, too!) Borders blend and different cultures exist harmoniously in the humblest home cook’s kitchen to the haute designer ateliers of celebrity chefs.


Building a bridge of understanding between the East (with an emphasis on Japan) and the West (mainly the US) via the avenue of food brings me great joy. There is wisdom in the adage, “Write about what you love.”  I delight in baking and sharing goodies with non-GMO ingredients and imported Japanese products. Quality is key to yummy outcomes. Love is also essential.


Delicate raspberries and puckery yuzu citrus are a heavenly flavor combo so I’m contributing No-Bake Raspberry and Japanese Yuzu Citrus Bars for a Summer Chillin' themed Sunday Supper. Crushing Pocky (Japanese chocolate covered biscuit sticks) for the crust of my Summer Chillin’ dessert, I thought about all the “cool” festivals which occur in summertime Japan. Like the Tanabata Festival. The...


Japanese mythology refers to the yuzu tree as a holy one. The fruit is said to cure the sick….Maybe there is truth in legend. …Yuzu is indeed a citrus. Just like lemons or oranges, yuzu is recommended for those who are ailing from flu and cold symptoms. Yuzu has a tarter taste than a lemon or a lime but like its cousins provides a pleasant pucker. 


With the flowering of Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan, poetry, songs, picnics and sweets flood the marketplace. The Sakura, Sakura (cherry blossom) lullaby is the infant’s introduction to music. As Megadeth rock band ’s former guitarist Marty Friedman will confirm, mothers and grannies are not the only ones singing about cherry blossoms.


Are you a dreamer or a pragmatist? To quote popular TV psychologist, Dr. Phil, “How is it working for you?” I’m genuinely curious.  I’d love to learn how happiness and success slipped into your life...Since my 20s, I’ve collected photos, created collages and made lists of my ideal mate, dream job and home….It works. Here are a few examples:


I looked left and right. The coast was clear. Not a grownup in sight. Lifting the freezer lid, clouds of ice steam enveloped my face. Determined, I dug through the frost covered treasures. A gleam of silver glinted in the corner. Removing a green bean casserole, my frozen fingers clutched...


I've created two kinds of Japanese Plum Sushi! Japanese folklore alleges that eating a pickled "ume" plum before leaving the house prevents misfortune. So, I figured two kinds of plum sushi would make for double protection! 

Japanese pickled plums are packed with anti-aging and fatigue-fighting components.



As delightful as Chunky Monkey Vegan Banana Bread is to David; FOX TV's Bones fans delight in his artistic gifts. He’s the creative genius behind the computer and Angelatron graphics on the show. My Renaissance man husband is talented and smart. (He tested two points below genius on an IQ test.) However, what I appreciate most is his huge heart...


As June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, I’m celebrating with a PB ‘n J Cheesecake. Peanut butter and marmalade are whipped together into a cheesecake and poured into a crust of crushed peanut butter sandwich cookies (aka Nutter Butters.) Familiar and comforting peanut butter flavors mingle with tangy marmalade jam and mascarpone cheese.  As the sugar content in the filling is low...


Dad played a decorated war hero, General MacArthur on NHK TV. (The PBS of Japan.) In real life, medals never dangled on my father’s chest. Yet, he’s always been my hero. His gentle spirit and generosity continue to influence and inspire me.

Fond memories of Dad are popping up as I prepare for the #SundaySupper Father’s Day Feast. Dad loves fine wines and chocolates. Vivacious...