I write about my cooking adventures in my blog, Miss Mochi's Adventures. I am a part Japanese, part American Indian, part white girl who loves to cook and use her heritage and upbringing to inspire her. I love canning, baking, and Japanese cooking.

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  • Location: Yorba Linda, CA
  • Favorite foods: mochi, margherita pizza, ranch dressing, pickled garlic
  • Last bite on earth: I'm a weird snacker, so my luck it would be something embarrassing like peanut butter and dried apricots washed down with some pickles. But if I could chose, a mind blowingly crisp thin crust pizza with lots of basil, followed by kare-don or mabo tofu

Open Thread: Do You Lick Your Beaters?

Yes. Although I once got the bar in my tongue piercing mildly stuck as I was licking a whisk and no one in living memory has laughed so hard as Mr. Mochi as I freaked out and got icing all over my face.

What to do With Leftover Condensed Milk

@Irene- There is such a magical thing as chocolate condensed milk? I don't know why we don't have it. We should. I feel cheated. Chocolate condensed milk. I'm going to build it up in my head so much I know it won't live up to the hype. I'm sad.

What to do With Leftover Condensed Milk

@Jamie Feldmar That's because you're doin it right!

@Smellslikesunshine Yes, yes, and yes.

Also, tasty on toast with butter, put it in the toaster oven or broiler first or just in your mouth.

Share Your Sweets: Vegan Desserts

I am a sucker for the look of lattice topped pie. That is one glorious looking pie, and the photo is stunning.

Manner Matters: Bread and Butter Basics

This was the way I was taught at cotillion classes, and I'm not too thrilled with it. Obviously the idea of leaving a buttered piece of bread with a big bite taken out of it on your plate seems a bit gauche and unattractive, just like taking a bite of sushi and setting it back down on your plate is gross.

However, especially with a nice crusty baguette, or similar, I end up with crumbs all over my bread plate, the tablecloth, and often myself when I tear it. And tearing it into bite sized pieces, any bread soft in the middle with a nice crusty exterior in my experience leads to crumbs everywhere. So I end up being "correct" but frustrated.

Food-related deal breakers when dating?

I once dated a man allergic to seafood, but it was a long distance thing that was shortlived.

I realized that it never would have worked when I tried to make something from my pantry on whim because I didn't want to go out, and every dish I would have prepared would have made him ill.

We ended up ordering pizza.

Cook the Book: 'My Irish Table' by Cathal Armstrong

Open Thread: What's at the Top of Your Pizza Wish List?

A baking steel for cooking pizzas! (No place for a WFO or even a pizza kettle in this apartment)

I also want to be able to make Japanese pizzas at home, with the mochiko crust and the crazy toppings like spicy roe, mochi, and mayo. I'm not practiced enough with pizza dough to even attempt it yet without some sort of recipe to go onto. Visiting my relatives in Japan who own a pizza franchise and I hope to come back with tips.

And yes, I fully realize that this second wish is probably nothing short of an abomination to most pizza lovers.

savory or sweet breakfast?

Savory. Biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon. I do like sweet (pancakes, etc), but it's a rare occasion.

All Caramelled Out

I like salted caramels, but I am in agreement that most of those items riding the caramel train are poorly executed: too sweet and not a discernible grain of salt.

Actually I'm just tired of trendy desserts in general, most of them are just full of sugar and taste horrible, regardless of the theme.

Toriko: Japanese Gourmet Food Anime

@healthytouch101 That's like the fifth recommendation for Silver Spoon that I've heard recently, so I guess I better start watching it!

Behind the Scenes in Jamie's Home Kitchen

@epicfades, I think she was using inanimate in the definition of "not moving"

not animate: (From Merriam-Webster)
a : not endowed with life or spirit
b : lacking consciousness or power of motion

Plants certainly are alive, but I wouldn't necessarily say they have a spirit, and they don't have a consciousness or power of motion. I'm guessing it's like me, where no one should trust me with a baby, but I do fine with herbs and house plants.

P.S. The story of the pot is very cute, and I love the flame color. I also love the cluttered kitchen, because it makes me feel better about when I open one of my tiny cupboards after an earthquake and a mixture of dried chiles, bonito flakes, and kombu comes raining down, along with stuff I didn't even remember was in there.

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

@eralmimom I love karashi mentaiko, cheese, and mochi okonomiyaki, and it sounds like I would love it with kimchi too. Great idea!

Toriko: Japanese Gourmet Food Anime

Totally watch it, LOVE IT. I think I'm on like episode 45. I watch it in Japanese (with english subtitles because I'm not fluent), and the theme song really does include gems like "eat the mountains!"

It really makes me hungry, and I love all the adorable food puns/play-on-words in the food names. They only make sense sometimes in Japanese, though.

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Drinks

I am so glad Robyn is here to not make me feel like a dork because I haven't even heard of most of these cocktails (or even the cocktail ingredients). I love all teas, but when I want something to satisfy a sweet tooth, I love milk tea :)

Ask A Bartender: The Worst (and Best) Valentine's Day Dates You've Seen

@sarcon I think what they meant by "putting two drinks down" was that he would get there first, drink two alcoholic drinks in quick succession to calm himself or get loaded, then grab water to disguise the fact.

Open Thread: What's The Unsexiest Food of All Time?

When I was thinking of unsexy, I was thinking of what would be unsexy to eat on Valentine's day on date.

My first thought was ramen: I look like a Saiyan from Dragonball, loudly slurping as fast as I can. No dinner conversation, I don't want my noodles getting soggy.

Or a seafood boil. I get really enthusiastic, which means I'm vigorously cracking legs, sucking out the bits of meat from the shells, and generally looking like a barbarian with a bib around my neck slopping melted butter every place. And any conversation will halt every time I need to concentrate on a claw.

13 Great Kitchen Tools for Your Valentine

Wait wait wait... you can put a metal bowl in the microwave? For reals?

@punchjc I'd love knives for Valentines! I think it's plenty romantic, especially since Mr. Mochi knows nothing about the kitchen but the microwave, and how to grill a hot dog. When he gets me something for my kitchen, even knives, it shows he cares about my passions even if he thinks I'm crazy. It's better than chocolates.

It's Toppings Heaven for Frozen Yogurt at Sunny Blue, Santa Monica

I agree, the yogurt shops that offer condensed milk as a topping are instantly superior (some Yogurtlands do). It makes me want to carry around condensed milk in a squeeze bottle, but I'm fat enough already.

I Love Stewy/Saucy Things With Rice. Do You?

Yes and yes. I like my donburi "tsuyudaku" (extra broth) to swirl around my rice grains. I have an insatiable hunger for curry rice, and mapo tofu always gets ladled over a bowl of rice. When I first tried the Persian dish fesenjan, poured over a generous portion of rice, I found a friend. Hayashi raisu is one you didn't mention here that I really recommend.

Alinea and 'Babygate:' Should Babies Be Allowed in Fine Dining?

Even if the babysitter canceled, and they didn't want to lose the money, the parents should have taken it upon themselves to take the baby to the bathroom or outside the restaurant until it finished its fit. Might miss a course, but it's being respectful of your fellow diners.

4 Foods of the Apocalypse

Jesus I would get extra extra fat. I'd probably choose cheddar cheese, potatoes, chocolate, and eggs.

Taste Test: All the Flavors of SeaSnax

Whenever I make onigiri, my dog and I always split a sheet of nori or two. We always end up with little flakes of nori all over us, and giving a dog a whole sheet of nori is just as hilarious to watch as giving them a gob of peanut butter.

Share Your Sweets: Winter Fruit

I feel your pain Robyn, I spent quite some time rejecting recipes to submit because I wasn't 100% sure it was a winter fruit, or just a winter preparation of a fruit that's available year-round but is technically considered a spring fruit. But I'm glad to see winter preparations of spring/summer fruit here and perhaps I shouldn't have freaked out so much.

That citrus cake, I can't stop staring at!

Are Din Tai Fung's Soup Dumplings Worth the Wait?

Their red bean dumplings are delish, I urge you to try them if you haven't. Not too sweet, nice and toasty warm, and the perfect finisher to push you over the brink into carbohydrate-induced coma.

Also, their happy dumpling mascots are adorable.


Tostilocos, a Mexican street food consisting of tortilla chips topped with chamoy sauce, hot sauce, cucumbers, jicama, Japanese peanuts and more, gets an update by using Nacho Cheese Doritos instead of plain Tostitos.


Katsudon: a tasty rice bowl featuring a crispy crackly fried pork cutlet with a broth bursting with umami and onions, and everything covered with a luscious blanket of egg.

Karē Tamago Kake Gohan

Tamago kake gohan, which literally means "egg over rice," is a Japanese dish where raw egg gets mixed into steaming hot rice, turning the egg into a rich creamy sauce. This version takes garlic and curry powder to make a delicious karē version!

Tamago Kake Gohan

Tamago kake gohan literally means "egg over rice" and it may look strange to a western audience, but it is actually very popular in Japan for breakfast. A raw egg gets mixed into steaming hot rice, turning the egg into a rich creamy sauce.


Perfect for when it's too hot to turn on the oven, itawasa is quick and an inexpensive alternative to sashimi. Slices of kamaboko are served with soy sauce and wasabi for an easy appetizer or component of a cool meal for summer.

Sake Ochazuke

Homemade ochazuke cannot be beat for simplicity and comfort. Leftover rice gets topped with salmon, rice crackers, and nori before green tea is poured over everything for a fast treat.


A Japanese New Year celebration staple, Ozoni is a soup filled with toasted savory mochi. This simple recipe is easy to make all year round and is said to bring luck in the new year.

What non-wheat flour should I use?

My mother loves Starbucks' Cranberry Bliss Bars, but she's developed a wheat sensitivity. For the holidays, I am attempting to use an alternative flour and make a wheat-free copy cat for her to enjoy.

Question is, what do you guys think would be the best alternative flour to use? I have no experience with other flours, so I was hoping for some input.

I was thinking maybe spelt flour, because I know that is an ancient relative of wheat and might be the closest in texture. Looking at the market, they have so many flours: amaranth, potato, rice, spelt, and more!

Chinese-American Mashup: Silken Tofu With Spicy Sausage

There are many homey Chinese recipes based on simply steaming silken-style tofu and topping it with a simple sauce of sautéd meat with a light gravy. I wondered what would happen if I replaced that meat with some spicy Italian-style sausage from my local American supermarket. It works shockingly well. Here's how I make it. More

Cottage Pie with Shallots and Sherry

When the leaves begin to turn brown and the evenings get darker, simple, hearty casseroles like cottage pie start to grace supper tables. Originally a way to use up scraps of meat leftover from a previous meal, cottage pie is now more commonly made with ground meat, but sometimes made with something braised. More

Seriously Asian: Tea Smoking

Though I never went through a rebellious stage, where I took up vices like drinking and drugs, I have gotten in trouble in the past for smoking. Smoking fish and meat, that is. The first time I tried smoking a fish in a wok, the fumes from the kitchen crept underneath my front door and attracted the ire of my passing landlord, who wasn't even the least bit assuaged by offerings of smoked cod perfumed with the scent of charred jasmine tea and jasmine rice More

Beyond the Bagel: All About Smoked Fish

It's about time for smoked fish to move beyond the bagel and become a more regular fixture in mains, sides, and other bites for the brunch spread and beyond. This special food is a great tool for making dishes memorable and giving them a distinctive flavor. More

Orange Blossom Cheesecake

This cheesecake, which is infamous in my family, was exclusively made on special occasions, and I would always request it on birthdays. It is rich and creamy, but lightened with the inclusion of egg whites beaten to stiff peaks. The crust was usually Galletas María crumbs and it was served plain--very understated but sumptuous. More

Game Day Eats: 16 Wing Recipes We Love

Some people like to actually watch their football and chow down on wings in between major plays. Others (cough, me) watch the fans, waiting until they're fully absorbed in the game to make a play and snatch up every last wing all stealthy-like when nobody's looking. Either way, we've got you covered with 16 recipes—from sriracha-doused to double-fried to classic Buffalo—to keep you rich in wings all season long. More