My other passion: Making Bread

Posted on February 13, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Two summers ago, I ressurected my interest in baking bread.  The last time I baked bread was when I was in highschool. There was a picture of me holding my sourdough bread but unfortunately, it vanished. I hope it resurfaces again.  I recall the bread came out as hard as a rock. Still, I was proud that I baked bread. I don't remember how it tasted, it was more about how tough it was. My jar hurt. I am nott sure what I did wrong but the dough went through a lot of k...
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Basic Country Bread a la Tartine - Lesson 1

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

After taking Dana Morgan's Tartine bread baking class in Weschester yesterday, I let the dough rest in the fridge overnight and took it out this afternoon to bake it.  One of the things that Chad Robertson, author of Ta...
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Warm Buttermilk biscuits with honey and butter

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)


My friend Sherry is a wonderful baker.  When she and her husband Fred invite us over to their house, she will often leave mid-way during dinner to whip something up and stick her doughy creation in the oven.  Last time I was at her house, she made biscuits and se...
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Green Apples - A Souvenir from Tehachapi

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Tehachapi is the land of four seasons. It is a good place to grow apples, lilacs, peonies, berries, grapes, etc.    is near us.  Some of you may be familiar with their apples fro...
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Buckwheat Shortbread Cookies - Sables

Posted on December 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

This is the first holiday in years that I got myself into baking.  Usually I do one dessert during the holidays, which is Tart Tatin and I rarely g...

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Tart Tatin - Which Apples Work Best

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Tart tatin made with Golden Delicious apples

During Thanksgiving weekend, I made three tart tatins with three types of apples. I wanted to see which apple worked best for this dessert.  Perhaps Thanksgiving is not a good time t...

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Tarte Tatin

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I come from a family of apple pie makers.  I wrote about my mother's legendary apple pie for the LA Times some years ago (
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Homemade Apple Pie - Holiday Baking

Posted on November 28, 2009 at 11:31 PM Comments comments (0)

A calm moment

One thing I can say about baking pies is that I have taken it for granted all my life.  My mother was an excellent baker.  Her pie crusts were consistently flakey and her apples perfectly sweet. ...

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Basque Gateau with Apricot jam

Posted on July 26, 2009 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Just out of the of the oven



Something smells good. My sister Fuyuko is always testing recipes. I am the happy guinea pig. In general, I find French pastries too sweet ...

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Scones with Orange zest

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 4:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Once in a while, it's nice to make scones or waffles at home.  My sister who is a pastry chef in Tokyo often makes waffles or scones for her son, Hayato, in the morning.  You think she would have enough things to...

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