What the Heck Have I Been Up To?

I have never been accused of bombarding people’s mailboxes with too many newsletters or blog posts. In this day and age when we are supposed to be digitally connected 24/7, I am a social media party pooper. It isn’t that I don’t love seeing what others do on Facebook – in fact,  the connection it brings with people around the world is what I love most about it. But otherwise, I prefer tinkering in my kitchen, teaching, engaging with a live audience, or otherwise doing the real stuff my work involves, rather than reporting to the world about what I’m up to every ten minutes.  On the home front, my kids have berated me over the years for not snapping […]

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Fondue: The Ultimate Cheese Sauce

Artisan Vegan Cheese: From Everyday to Gourmet is finally out! Shipping out of Amazon now, and available in bookstores soon as it winds through the distribution channels, I hope my new book will bring cheese back into your life. I know I promised back in my Sneak Peek post that I would share a recipe, but never did. I know, I am guilty of being among the most non-prolific of bloggers. One of the reasons is that photography is not one of my strengths, and as I cook, I usually forget to take a photo (ask my kids why we have a fraction of the photos of them growing up as other families. Being Japanese, I’m supposed to have a camera around my […]

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SNEAK PEEK: ARTISAN VEGAN CHEESE

Well, it’s almost out. Just another couple of months, and this baby will hit the shelves. In fact, it’s available for pre-order right now on Amazon. Vegan cheeses like you’ve never had – ones that are rich and creamy, sharp and hard, gooey and meltable, complex and nutty. To name a few, there’s brie, camembert, sharp cheddar, gouda, even a parmesan that grates. And to tempt you, here’s a photo of a cheese platter from my book. Cheese Platter – Boursin, Sundried Tomato Cheese, Gruyere, Peppercorn Brie, Muenster, Gouda Indeed, if you venture into the land of homemade vegan cheese, know ahead of time that they are a labor of love. And love requires patience. But you will be justly […]

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The Perfect Summer Starter

Summertime…and the livin’ is easy.  Especially if you can imagine being in Italy and feasting under a grape-covered arbor filtering the Mediterranean sun.  The table would be graced with all of summer’s bounty, including the signature summer salad, insalata di Carprese, made with slices of succulently ripe tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil, drizzled with just enough fragrant olive oil to make the going down even easier. Alas, these are those rare instances when even I have wished I could just have a bite of those tomatoes with the creamy cheese… I don’t know about you, but I have found few vegan cheese substitutes that truly satisfy. Daiya comes the closest for grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza, but their two flavors, […]

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