Homemade Green Tea Kit Kat Bars

POST UPDATE: I’m so happy to announce the Peko Peko Cookbook is finally available for sale!

Today I wanted to give you a sneak peak at a very special project a few bloggers and I have been working on.

The project is a Japanese and Japanese-inspired charity cookbook with close to 50 family friendly recipes published by Blurb and 100% of the profits will be donated to charity relief efforts in Japan.

The title of our cookbook is Peko Peko: A Charity Cookbook for Japan. “Peko peko” is a common way children say, “I’m hungry!” in Japan.

The project is being lead by three very talented food bloggers; Stacie Billis of One Hungry Mama, Rachael Hutchings of La Fuji Mama, and Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes.

The image you see above is my humble contribution to the cookbook, homemade green tea kit kat bars and a glimpse of one of the close to 50 family friendly recipes you’ll find in this very special cookbook.

If you’ed like to learn more about our cookbook, contributors, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit http://www.pekopekocookbook.com.


Yuzu Rice Wine Granita
Here is another dessert I just had to remake for you, it’s one of the handful of desserts I made for the Sushi 101 event that took place a couple of weeks ago and which I didn’t get a chance to photograph.

While roaming arround the sake section at my local World Market and looking for dessert inspiration ingredients for the event, I came across a bottle of Yuzu infuzed rice wine. I immediately picked it up, placed it in my basket, and said to myself… this I bet would make a great granita.

As you can see… my intuition was right. The tart and citrus flavor of the Yuzu makes this granita light and very refreshing, I’m sure you will love it.

Hungry for more Yuzu Rice Wine Granita…?


This past Saturday wasn’t very fun… there was a lot of box lifting, a lot of running up and down stairs, pretty much all other non-fun activities associated with moving. There was however, a little bubble-wrap popping which is always fun, at least for the person doing the popping. :)

But lets talk about the prior Saturday which was way more fun and interesting… it involved, friends, food, and fun. I’m not going to lie, a little work was required, well… OK a lot of work was required, but it’s not really work when you are doing what you love and, when the work load is shared among some really talented friends.

Hopefully without giving away too much about the event, I’ll share a few details.
Hungry for more Sushi 101 – Dessert…?


This week while my good friend Rachael from La Fuji Mama is taking in the sun in beautiful Cancun, Mexico she asked if I would do a guest post for her, I’m sure you can guess what my response was.

Rachael lived in Japan for about two years hence the name of her blog La Fuji Mama. Although she started blogging to keep her relatives updated on her life while living in Japan, once she returned to the US she began food blogging instead.

Let me tell you I’m so glad she did because she has so many amazing recipes to share with us. There’s one I’m particularly fond of, just search her site for deadly chocolate almond toffee you have to try it, it’s amazing!

Butterfinger Mochi Ice cream
In trying to keep with the theme of her blog I chose to make butterfinger Mochi Ice cream which is made with a Peanut Butter Creme Brulee Ice cream base, chunks of homemade butterfinger candy and wrapped in mochi dough.

I hope you hop on over and check it out!

Butterfinger Mochi Ice cream