Dessert

  • No-Bake Matcha Mooncakes Recipe

    September 20, 2021Van

    Mid-Autumn Festival or Tết Trung Thu is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It’s day to celebrate the harvest, spend quality time with your kids – spoiling them with toys, their favorite foods, paper lanterns & treats such as mooncakes. Traditional mooncakes are made with a dense pastry dough and filled with…

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  • Ube Cupcakes with Ube Buttercream Frosting Recipe

    September 2, 2021Van

    If you haven’t heard of ube (pronounced ooh-bey) yet, just search for the hashtag #ube on Instagram and check out all the gorgeous desserts made from this purple yam. It has a lovely nutty flavor, almost like a cross between vanilla & pistachio These cupcakes are the ultimate treat for any ube fans! They’re made…

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  • Matcha and Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    August 24, 2021Van

    I love making variations of rice krispie treats – they were a childhood favorite and every once in a while I still get a craving for them. Today I made Matcha and Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats – this is perfect for anyone who loves matcha like I do.  Standard rice krispie treats can be cloyingly…

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  • Trader Joe’s Strawberry Crunch Cake Milkshake Recipe

    August 17, 2021Van

    I received my gift card prize along with the sweetest message  from winning Trader Joe’s Instagram #TJsMilkshakeContest Guess what I spent it on??? I got supplies to make another crazy milkshake. There’s a reason why Trader Joe’s set a 5 item limit for the contest, so the recipes wouldn’t get out of control like this one …

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  • Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Recipe

    August 12, 2021Van

    Cream Cheese Whipped Cream is a thicker and creamier version of regular whipped cream.  The cream cheese also acts as a stabilizer, so the whipped cream holds it’s shape much better.  I used it to top pumpkin waffles for breakfast this morning, but you could use as frosting  for cupcakes or a cake if you…

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  • Lime Bars Recipe

    August 10, 2021Van

    This is an easy recipe for Lime Bars, the crust and filling come together in no time. Lemon bars are much more common, but my family loves limes – so I usually make this version.  The filling is tangy, sweet and creamy – the shortbread crust is buttery and has just the right amount of…

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  • Ube Horchata Recipe

    August 9, 2021Van

    Ube Horchata, a delicious fusion of Asian & Mexican flavors 💜 this is super quick and simple version of horchata since I’m using carton Almond & Rice or Coconut Milk + Ube Flavoring which gives it that gorgeous purple color. Horchata is traditional Mexican drink made from rice soaked in water, after the rice is…

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  • Mexican Fruit Cups Recipe (vasos de fruta)

    July 29, 2021Van

    You can find these being sold everywhere in Mexico, in Southern California, you can buy these fruit cups from Mexican snack shops, farmer’s markets, street vendors, flea markets and sometimes in front of gas stations.  I think they’re one of the most delicious and refreshing snacks, you get lovely fresh fruit that’s drizzled in chamoy, sprinkled…

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  • Homemade Chamoy Recipe

    July 28, 2021Van

    Growing up in Santa Ana, CA chamoy was a very popular condiment. Local street vendors or Mexican snacks shops would use them on fruit cups (recipe here), chips, gummy candies, pork rinds or chamoyadas. The chamoy everyone uses is a bright vibrant red syrup that comes out of a big bottle – it has a sweet,…

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  • Jacques Torres’ BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    July 27, 2021Van

    Look no further, this is the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that exists, created by the genius chocolatier Chef Jacques Torres.  It’s the most perfect, chewy, chocolate-rich, indulgent cookie.  It’s higher-maintenance compared to other recipes, but the long resting time is well worth it so the gluten in the dough loosens up, and you end up with…

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