The First Day of Christmas… in Japan

    The rush in and out of crowded stores to grab last minute gifts and missing ingredients for tonight’s party at Auntie’s house. More congested than the stores are the kitchen counter; used dishes eagerly await their turn to be washed, open containers are scattered about- hinting at the menu- and that last dish…

Christmas Kisses

Sweet. Creamy. Ooh, with the pleasant surprise of crunchy peppermint crystals- all compressed into a kiss- a Hershey Kiss- and bundled in the shiny silver, red-marked foil with a ribbon labeled, “CANDY CANE” peaking out its top. My friend, Ashley, introduced me to these bright bursts of Christmas flavor last year. As Christmas is only…

#YokoChopped: Making the Cut

    I’ve sat in front the TV many evenings. The cleaver comes flying down in the midst of the letters C-H-O-P-P-E-D to the suspenseful, gameshow-like music. The competitors are introduced and welcomed, and the somewhere-between-cavalier-and-prestigious voice of Ted Allen makes clear the rules: “Welcome, chefs! Here are the rules: There are three rounds- mandatory ingredients for each course….

Brownies- with a Twist

I owe you the spill on those lime cheesecake swirl brownies. Not much to it but here it is: Cafe on Main holds a place on my calendar every Thursday. I don’t make it every week but Cafe on Main is a cool event hosted by a local church, chock full of chat and musical…