Hawaiian Cornbread

Hawaiian Cornbread

Hawaiian cornbread is not your typical American style cornbread – this one is sweeter, fluffier, and lighter in texture than the dense bread we think of as “cornbread”.   It’s sort of a cross between a cake and regular cornbread.  I love the texture and sweetness – it’s perfect served with a bowl of chili [...]

Yomogi Daifuku 蓬大福 or Kusa Mochi 草餅 (Japanese Mugwort Mochi with Red Bean Filling)

Kusa Mochi (Japanese Mugwort flavored mochi with sweet red bean filling)

I LOVE yomogi flavored mochi!  ”Yomogi” is a Japanese herb, called “Japanese Mugwort” in English, a.k.a. “Artemesia princeps” in the plant world.  This is a very vigorous plant that grows like a weed all over Japan.  It is a member of the Asteroideae – the same subfamily that contains tarragon, sagebrush (NOT sage… which is [...]

Chinese Pineapple Bun or “Bo Lo Bao” (a.k.a. Japanese Melon Pan)

Chinese Pineapple Buns (a.k.a. Japanese Melon Pan)

What do “Melon Pan” (from Japan) and “Pineapple Bun” 菠蘿包 (from China) have in common?  Well, for starters, neither contain any fruit – there is traditionally no melon in Melon Pan, and no pineapple in Pineapple Bun.  Rather, each bun is named for the fruit based on appearance alone – the final baked bun is said [...]

Kumquat Jam Preserves

Kumquat Jam Preserves

My dad has a kumquat tree in the backyard… this thing has been producing more kumquats than we know what to do with, since I was a kid.  Kumquats have a really unique flavor – the fruit itself is tart and sour like a lemon, but the peel (instead of being bitter like most citrus [...]

Apple Pie Mochi and Pumpkin Pie Mochi

Apple Pie Mochi and Pumpkin Pie Mochi

After figuring out how to make Daifuku Mochi (Sweet Red Bean Mochi) a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about all the other types of Mochi that I could now make.  I have some Yomogi (Japanese Mugwort) growing in the garden… and eventually those leaves will end up as Kusa Mochi (one of my most favorite [...]

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 [...]

Chocolate Mochi Brownies (made with rice flour – gluten free)

Chocolate Mochi Brownies (made with rice flour)

And now, for something completely different…  Have you ever tried Mochi Brownies?  These rice flour “brownies” taste like a cross between chewy sweet mochi and chocolate cake.  They are moist, chocolaty, with a springy and chewy texture. There are various types of “rice flour” on the market.  If you want the mochi texture – be careful [...]

Japanese Cream Pan (Japanese custard filled sweet bread buns)


Am I the only one who goes nuts over Cream Pan?  (Japanese sweet bread buns filled with a thick baked vanilla custard.)  As a child, I died for these buns.  I only got to eat them once in a blue moon… but when I had them… OMG!  They made up for everything bad… all unhappiness [...]

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce


Over Thanksgiving, we decided to skip the turkey… and took a cruise down to the Caribbean instead.  Our second port-of-call was Phillipsburg, on the Dutch side of St. Martin.  We took a tour over to the French side of the island, and stopped for lunch in the seaside town of Marigot.  Now, after eating cruise [...]

Hawaiian Bread Rolls (King’s Hawaiian Bread Copycat Recipe)

Hawaiian Bread Rolls

I’ve been looking for a recipe to replicate the famous sweet and soft King’s Hawaiian Rolls.  I think I finally found it!  The addition of pineapple juice and sugar add a wonderful sweetness and impart a tenderness to the finished rolls. You can eat them warm, straight out of the pan.  Or, try my favorite: [...]