Daifuku Mochi (Microwave Mochi with Sweet Red Bean filling)

Homemade Microwave Daifuku Mochi

Mochi is one of my most favorite treats to eat… I LOVE mochi!  It’s so hard to come by though… Where we live, the nearest Japanese market is (at least) a 30 minute drive, and we don’t go down that way very often.  Also, I’ve noticed that Mitsuwa Market has reduced their “fresh food/bakery” section [...]

3-2-1 Sponge Cake (Single serve microwave sponge cake)

3-2-1 Microwave Sponge Cake

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about this “3-2-1 cake” online…  It’s supposed to be a really easy single serving cake to make in the microwave using a rice bowl or a mug (which is great if you don’t want to have an entire whole cake lingering around your kitchen).  **Cough** …portion control… **Cough** (You [...]

Hoisin & Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs

Hoisin & Beer Braised Beed Short Ribs

I’m always looking for new ways to cook beef short rib.  The other night, I was combing through foodnetwork.com recipes, and found a Dave Lieberman recipe that looked good.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe… and I was pretty happy with the results.  The cloves of garlic end up wonderfully caramelized after cooking – [...]

White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies


This is one of my all time favorite cookie recipes.  When you add instant pudding mix to cookie dough, it adds a wonderful moist softness – makes the cookies chewy and moist, similar to how pudding mix will make average cakes turn out more moist. You can vary the flavor of the pudding mix and [...]

Goat Cheese and Kale Pesto Chicken Roulade

Goat Cheese & Kale Pesto Chicken Roulade with White Wine Reduction

I’m on a mission these days to try new foods… new vegetables, new flavors… basically anything that is outside my normal routine.  It helps that the supermarket down the street now carries all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables.  For example, I can buy lemongrass, daikon radish, shitake mushrooms… even yuca root!  I don’t normally [...]

South African Milk Tart (Melktert)

South African Milk Tart

“Milk Tart”  is a very common specialty from South Africa – and is also one of my husband’s most favorite childhood desserts.  You can purchase Milk Tart (a.k.a. Melktert) in markets or bakeries all around Cape Town – or like most people, just make it at home to serve as a dessert or an accompaniment with [...]