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Category Archives: Dessert

Sunshine Cinnamon Rolls
サンシャインシナモンロール

I was in the mood for cinnamon rolls. But I wanted them to be sweet but also taste fresh at the same time. So here I present my carrot orange cinnamon rolls with orange glaze (and mint). Dried cranberries were added as well. I found this sheet pan at Sur La Table as you can […]

Sesame Balls
胡麻団子

Sesame ball is one of my favorite things I tried while we visited China Town in Yokohama, Japan. We had lunch at a nice sit-down restaurant. But we soon regretted because we found out that there were so many delicious street-food options. We were already so full, but I had to try freshly-made sesame balls […]

Wild Rice Cookies
ワイルドライスクッキー

I had to do this. Yes, our state is proudly hosting this year’s Super Bowl! I have no idea when I’ll be able to use this newly-purchased Minnesota cookie cutter if I don’t use it today. I called these “cookies”, but they are rather a cookie-cracker crossover. These are crunchy and savory. You ask what […]

Strawberry Red Bean Crepes
苺小倉クレープ

Once in a while I get craving for crepes. Actually I know exactly when it comes: whenever I hear the name, Julia Child. At the end of the last year my sister was visiting us from Japan, and the night before she left we watched “Julie and Julia”, and it did it to me. The […]

Pina Colada ZENZAI
ピニャコラーダぜんざい

You may ask, what’s ZENZAI? Well, what you are looking at is NOT the traditional zenzai, but a modified one. Zenzai is a Japanese sweet red bean soup served with Mochi (sticky rice cake), and it’s a popular dish around the new year. My version does have Mochi. When I was growing up, my grandparents […]

Persimmon Pie
柿パイ

I made these persimmon pies a while ago. I forgot to post it and then realized that this year is almost over. Japanese people tend to associate a lot of food with a certain season, and everyone agrees that persimmon is an autumn food. So I felt I should post this before we go into […]

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