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Rika Manabe
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Japanese Style Cheese Cake
This cake is my favorite of all time.  French or German style cakes are very popular in Japan.  My dad would bring a box full of assorted cakes after he came home from his trips or we would buy them for any special occasions.  This is the one that I always ...

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Japanese Cheese Cake
Recipe:  8 servings (7"x3" pan) Ingredients: 200g or 7oz of cream cheese (room temperature) 200ml or 4/5 cup of milk 4 medium eggs (cold) 70g or 6 table spoons of cane sugar 40g or 3 table spoons of flour 2 table spoons of corn starch 1 table spoon of lemon...

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Panna Cotta with Granola and Summer Berries
It's a crazy world.  I start my day like many of you out there by reading the news.  It's too much.  But it's important to be informed about what's going on.  Feeling troubled...  But now I'm turning on the music and writing this post instead! It's a long d...

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Crunchy Fennel Heirloom Tomato Nectarine Salad with Prawn
It's finally starting to feel like we are actually having the summer now.  My garden isn't producing much yet since the late start of the summer, but I'm coming up with more fun ideas for salad recipes. I made this one last weekend to bring it to the July 4...

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Clam Digging
We go clam digging a few times a year, usually when we go camping.  Camping is truly one of the great things about living in Pacific Northwest.  There are many great sites to choose from and only a couple of hours of driving can get us to pretty amazing pla...

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Power Snack: Date Chestnut Bar
We recently moved in a new house in Ravenna neighborhood in Seattle.  It is a lovely area close to University of Washington and right next to a trail.  It's a friendly neighborhood and great for walking, jogging and biking.  I can also tell that so many res...

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Pear and Beet Tatin Salad and Happy Valentine's Day
Here is a quick post. Happy Valentine's Day and wish everyone is even more focused on love today than irritating politics.  Speaking for myself here.   I'm sure there are many posts with more romantic themed food.  I've made two dozens of lemon cupcakes tha...

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The holidays are over.  The good times seem to be over.  The world around us seems to have turned upside down to say in the mildest way possible.  It's been rough emotionally.  The kids and I made a sign the night before and we went to the Womxn's March in ...

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Happy 2017 and Wagashi Delight
Hope you all had a great holiday and the start of the new year 2017.  We celebrated the new year's day over these delightful little treats called wagashi, which was very special.   Wagashi is translated as Japanese confectionary.  It is the traditional swee...
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