Kiyomizu-dera Temple at Sunrise, Kyoto, Japan

Japan, Part 2: Kyoto in Full Bloom

If Tokyo is modern, electric, and chaotic, Kyoto is ancient, calm, and spiritual. It was a distinct contrast, but I couldn’t choose which one I liked better. Tokyo was exciting, sure, and we could...

Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe with Feta: A perfect recipe for a summer picnic!

Tomato & Cucumber Salad

What defines a salad, anyway? Certainly not lettuce, because potato salad, pasta salad, and fruit salad are all most definitely salads. I was going to say a salad is a cold bowl of “plant...

Homemade Udon Noodles

Homemade Udon Noodles

Funny how 12 days in Japan can change your entire culinary outlook, which you’ve probably noticed from the shift in recipes I’ve been posting lately. What can I say, I get inspired by my...

Iced Matcha Latte with Sakura Leaf Powder

Sakura Iced Matcha Latte

I think it’s impossible to go to Japan and not come back obsessed with matcha. It’s everywhere there, especially in the region around Kyoto where some of the best matchas in the world are...

4th of July Firecracker Smores with Pop Rocks popping candy!

Firecracker S’Mores

Take everything you love about s’mores (crispy graham crackers, melty chocolate, and gooey, slightly charred marshmallows) and add popping candy. What do you get? Why a flavor explosion, of course! If you have a...

Mexican 7-Layer Dip with pickled jalapenos and cilantro lime guacamole

Mexican 7-Layer Dip

What’s a party without dip? Not a very good party, if we’re being honest. If you think about it, every culture has contributed their own version of chips and dip to the American culinary...

Easy Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe - our favorite!

Taylor’s Best Tuna Salad Sandwich

We have a few lunchtime staples in our house, things we can whip up quickly on days when we don’t have leftovers (we’ve mastered the art of cooking for 4, and so most days...

Tokyo in bloom, cherry blossoms along the Nakameguro canal

Japan, Part I: Tokyo – Sushi, Soft Serve, and Cat Cafes

We’ve been home for nearly 8 weeks now and Japan is starting to feel like a dream. Did it really happen? Did we really go to that beautifully chaotic, deliciously weird country, overindulging in...

Chez Panisse Green Garlic Soup Recipe

Green Garlic Soup Redux

I first made this recipe back in 2007, in the early days of this blog when all I had was a set of lime green dishes and a tiny kitchen with harsh fluorescent lighting....

Recipe for Homemade Microwave Mochi (stuffed with cookie dough!)

Cookie Dough Daifuku Mochi

When I travel, I tend to let my stomach do the walking, popping into shops and sampling random treats (sweets, mainly) along the way, even without actually knowing what they are. This was certainly...

How to make Homemade Strawberry Jam flavored with cherry blossoms

Sakura Strawberry Jam

Home from Japan and I am sakura obsessed. Not only are the blossoms beautiful, they are also edible, and around this time of year Japanese markets are a sea of pink. From mochi and...

The best banana cupcakes overflowing with banana flavor, both in the tender banana cake and the fluffy banana mousse filling.

Banana Cupcakes with Banana Mousse Filling (Go Preds!)

Way back in 2011 I made some “Stanley Cup-cakes” to celebrate the Nashville Predators making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. I was a bit...