• Lilikoi Macaron Recipe (Passion Fruit)

    Lilikoi Macaron Recipe (Passion Fruit)

    June 13, 2021Van

    Lilikoi / Passion Fruit is one of my favorite fruits, it has one of the most delicious and distinctive flavors – just a taste of it will bring back so many beautiful memories of Hawaii.  I was shopping at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Plano, Tx and ran across Hawaiian Sun’s Lilikoi Jelly and grabbed it immediately so I could use it for macarons.  I’m really happy with how these turned out, they’re little bites of the tropics 🏝 I use the Swiss meringue method for these macarons, with a few unconventional steps – you can read more about these techniques in my original Swiss Method Macaron Recipe here, there are also tips & tricks in ⬅️ that post if you’re new to making macarons. I used Russian…

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  • Vietnamese Baked Chicken Recipe (Gà Nướng)

    June 12, 2021Van

    Vietnamese Baked Chicken (Gà Nướng) is an super easy dish to prep, the secret to this delicious dish is in the marinade, it’s packed with flavorful ingredients like oyster sauce, fish sauce (umami!!), five spice, garlic and honey.   Cooking…

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  • Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad Recipe

    June 11, 2021Van

    Din Tai Fung’s Cucumber Salad is one of their most popular appetizers, I order it almost every time I eat there.  It’s light and refreshing, with a hint of spice – the crisp cucumbers are tossed in a  dressing made…

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  • Trader Joe’s Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Recipe

    June 10, 2021Van

    Make delicious  teriyaki chicken bowls at home using Soyaki , Trader Joe’s unique teriyaki sauce.  It’s the best flavor if you grill the chicken on a bbq (California-style), seriously tastes better than most restaurants!  Top it with your favorite veggies…

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  • Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    June 9, 2021Van

    I loved rice krispie treats as a kid, it was always such a simple and delicious snack that anyone could make. I still enjoy them every once in a while, but nowadays I like to experiment with different flavors. This…

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  • Lemon Cheesecake Macaron Recipe

    June 6, 2021Van

    Lemon Cheesecake Macarons are one of my favorite flavors to make – the tartness from the lemon curd balances out the sweetness of the macaron shells really well.  The filling is also extremely quick to make, you just hand stir…

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  • Copycat Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests Recipe (Kakiage Tempura)

    May 31, 2021Van

    This is a copycat recipe of Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests, which is a simple kakiage tempura made with onions, carrots and kale. You can enjoy it with rice or Trader Joe’s new Matcha Soba Noodles. An easy way to…

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  • Trader Joe’s Baked Ube Mochi Donut Recipe

    May 30, 2021Van

    Dash, drive or fly to your nearest Trader Joe’s and pick up a box or two of their Ube Mochi Pancake & Waffle mix!  Of course you can make yummy waffles, but  you can also make baked Ube Mochi Donuts…

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  • White Rabbit Candy Macaron Recipe

    May 29, 2021Van

    White Rabbit Candies were one of my childhood favorites – they were chewy like caramels and tasted like sweetened condensed milk. I also love the beautiful graphic and packaging design – it’s so iconic! Sometime around 15+ years ago, these…

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  • Easy Trader Joe’s Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

    May 27, 2021Van

    The perfect summer time dessert, delicious Blueberry Cobbler with a big scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. I used frozen blueberries and Trader Joe’s Cake mix to make the crumble topping –  one of the easiest baked desserts you can make.…

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