It was the third time my AP Japanese teacher had assigned us a sushi cooking project. Wanting to try something new, I decided to make cute Elmo and Cookie Monster sushi (see picture at the bottom). In order to make Elmo red and Cookie Monster blue, I started looking into different ways of dyeing rice. There were some that used food coloring (all artificial, yuck!), and others who bought colored rice from the store. Then, I stumbled on some Asian site that introduced to me the magic of all-natural, non-artificial red cabbage which allowed me to remix prior knowledge with creativity.