• Ningyo-Yaki Waffle Maker Recipe (Japanese Doll Cakes filled with Anko)

    April 16, 2021Van

    Ningyo-Yaki are small cakes in the shape of dolls filled with anko (sweet red bean paste) – they’re a popular treat at one of my favorite places in the world, Asakusa Tokyo.  Typically, they are made with cast iron molds over a gas grill in various shapes such as cats, birds, lucky gods, and even Hello Kitty –…

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  • Instant Pot Anko – Sweet Red Bean Paste Recipe

    April 15, 2021Van

    This is the quickest and easiest method to make Anko (Japanese Sweet Red Bean Paste – Koshian). Using an Instant Pot to pressure cook the adzuki beans only takes 40 minutes, compared to the 2 hours it takes on the stovetop. Homemade anko is so much more delicious than store-bought – perfectly smooth in texture…

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  • How to make Aebleskiver with Trader Joe’s Pancake Mix (Round Danish Pancakes Recipe)

    April 9, 2021Van

    Aebleskiver are a traditional Danish dessert or snack – in Denmark they are eaten most often in the winter time. It’s hard to find them in the U.S., but it’s one of my favorite things to get when I visit Solvang, CA – a beautiful and quaint Danish Village just a little north of Los…

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  • Instant Pot Lilikoi Mochi Recipe (Passion Fruit Mochi) + Oven Method

    April 7, 2021Van

    This Lilikoi Mochi recipe is inspired by the Lilikoi Mochi you can get from  Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo, Hawaii (274 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720) they  are famous in Hawaii for having a unique selection of mochi and manju – be sure to check them out the next time you’re in Hilo. Lilikoi (Passion…

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  • The BEST Keto Fudgy Brownies Recipe

    April 6, 2021Van

    If there’s one thing that will keep you sane during keto, it will be these amazing brownies. They are so delicious, you’d have no clue that they were keto if you tried them, they’re made with almond flour and sweetened with Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener (only 1.6g net carbs per brownie!!!) The texture is very fudgy,…

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  • How to make Madeleines with Trader Joe’s Vanilla Cake Mix

    March 18, 2021Van

    This is a quick and simple way to make Madeleines (petite French butter cakes) using Trader Joe’s Vanilla Cake Mix. The flavor and texture are quite nice, especially for a madeleine batter that’s ready in 5 minutes – they are buttery, have a nice caramelized crust & fluffy interior. The recipe makes about 24 standard…

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  • Trader Joe’s EASY Banana Pudding Recipe

    March 15, 2021Van

    This is an easy (cheater) method of making Banana Pudding using Trader Joe’s new Organic Banana Fruit Spread + Greek Yogurt.  The prep time is under 10 minutes, it just needs to sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving.  It’s a little healthier than traditional banana pudding because of the higher protein…

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  • Matcha Mochi Waffles Recipe

    February 28, 2021Van

    I love matcha + mochi so these Matcha Mochi Waffles are the perfect treat! The waffles are bouncy, chewy & the matcha flavor is very prominent. I topped it with vanilla ice cream, a sprinkle of matcha powder, blackberries & candied strawberries (recipe here). Sencha Organic Matcha is my current favorite matcha powder, it’s sourced…

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  • Trader Joe’s Mochi Brownies Recipe

    February 21, 2021Van

    If you have few boxes of Trader Joe’s Mochi Cake Mix laying around and want to try something different, these Mochi Brownies are it! Very rich chocolate flavor and the texture is a mix of your standard brownie + chewy mochi. It’s a seasonal item, so head to your local Trader Joe’s to pick it…

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  • Trader Joe’s No-Bake Belgian Chocolate Icebox Cake Recipe

    February 9, 2021Van

    I’m huge fan of Trader Joe’s Belgian Chocolate Pudding, if you haven’t tried it yet – you’re missing out!  This is an easy, no-bake icebox cake made with chocolate pudding, homemade whipped cream, butter waffle cookies and topped with crushed English Toffee.  The butter waffle cookies soften and become thin cake layers, it’s amazing how…

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