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...

Donut-Glazed Yeasted Belgian Waffle Recipe

Donut-Glazed Yeasted Waffles

These waffles are yeast-raised and donut-glazed. Don’t be phased by the overnight rest, you’ll be amazed at the end result (and praised by all those who try them, they’ll leave your table dazed and...

Thai Tea Ice Cream Recipe made with sweetened condensed milk

Thai Tea Ice Cream

It appears I’ve posted 3 ice cream recipes in the last month, 2 this week alone. You don’t mind, do you? ‘Tis the season, after all. Although, I say that, knowing full well that...

Homemade "Straw-cciatella" Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

“Straw-cciatella” Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

A play on the Italian stracciatella, meaning striated, referring to the little shards or stripes of chocolate scattered throughout a scoop of vanilla gelato (there’s also stracciatella cheese and a kind of egg-drop soup,...

All the Weird & Wacky Kit Kat Flavors of Japan (and where to find them)

Crazy Japanese Kit Kat Flavors (and where to find them)

We’re back! Well, we’ve actually been back for 2 weeks now but I’m just now starting to feel like myself again (when you get hit by crazy jet lag AND a cold at the...

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream made with Decaf coffee for the perfect late-night snack!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream

This ice cream is inspired by Vietnamese style iced coffee, which is typically very strong coffee served over ice with sweetened condensed milk. The French influence in Vietnamese cuisine is undeniable, which is how...

Bourboun Balls, aka Bourbon Delight made with vanilla wafers, chocolate, pecans, and BOURBON!

Joyce’s Bourbon Delight (Bourbon Balls)

This recipe is from my Grandmother’s recipe box, titled in her elegant script as “Joyce’s Bourbon Delight”. I have no idea who Joyce is (my grandmother was Elaine) but these little boozy bites are,...

Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies with Homemade Honey Granola Dried Cherries

Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies

Imagine, if you will, an oatmeal cookie (with chocolate chips, not raisins. What do you think I am, some sort of monster?) Now imagine the oats used in that cookie have been coated in...

Golden Milk Smoothies sweetened with Dates and Honey

Golden Milk Smoothies

Turmeric is definitely one of those ‘it’ ingredients at the moment, though it’s long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits. It’s what gives golden milk it’s sunshine-yellow color (and name,...

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Recipe with Quick Pickled Onions on Top

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

First of all, let me apologize for the lighter-than-usual posting schedule this next week and a half. We’re in Japan at the moment (probably not eating tacos would be a safe assumption). I had...