Kurogoma (Black Sesame) Shortbread Cookies

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Guess what, y’all? Last Saturday, NYC raised $4644 for Peace Winds America/Japan in our Bake Sale for Japan! And the Bake Sales across the nation have raised over $120,000! I wasn’t as involved as I wish I could have been, but I hope my shortbread cookies helped raise a tiny sum towards this awesome amount. Another BIG thank you goes out to Lillian from Sweets by Sillianah and Celia from Cookbook Archaeology for coordinating a wonderfully run bake sale.

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Azuki (Red Bean) Filled Mochi

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新年快樂! Happy Chinese New Year! I wish you all a prosperous year, and may your celebrations be filled with lots of food and warmth!

It’s been terribly frigid here, and in the city that never sleeps, I’m still expected to go into work as long as the subways are running. Luckily my commute only involves strapping on my boots and walking (though with this week’s weather, ice skates would have been more fitting).

In these frosty conditions, nothing warms me up like food, friends, and family. Tonight we will feast on lots of Chinese food, and I’ll be snacking on this azuki mochi throughout the day.

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Azuki Shortbread

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I’m so happy to be celebrating Mother’s Day this year with both my mothers in Fort Wayne, IN. My in-laws live in Fort Wayne, and my own parents flew in from Texas to join us for the weekend. On Friday, the huge storm system in the Midwest challenged our intended celebration, but when two out of three flights from Chicago to Fort Wayne were canceled, we decided to rent a car and road trip the rest of our journey. Tim drove through the storm and got us in town in time for dinner on Friday night.

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Happy Pi Day! (Azuki Matcha Meringue Pie)

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The day isn’t over yet, so I can still wish you all a Happy Pi Day!

I took a chance and made a complete experiment of a pie. Remember the dessert I had in Paris I kept raving about? The azuki matcha duomo from Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki? This pie is inspired by that dessert. The fillings I made went well together, but I have to work on the pie construction and topping. I also hope to find a way to make it look appetizing. It’s certainly not an appealing pie, but the flavors worked.

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