Dessert

  • Classic Waffle Recipe

    January 5, 2019Van

    This classic waffle recipe makes waffles that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfect for breakfast or brunch – serve it with your favorite berries and whipped cream or turn it into dessert by adding ice cream and chocolate syrup. I used a Chef’sChoice Five-of-Hearts Waffle Maker (purchase here).

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  • Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    December 24, 2018Van

    Matcha is one of my favorite flavors. In the summer I make ice blended matcha tea in my Vitamix. In the winter I break out my “ceremonial whisk” and prepare the meanest and greenest cup of hot frothy matcha tea you can imagine. This year in the middle of my Christmas Baking Frenzy I had…

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  • Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe (Cà Phê Trứng)

    December 4, 2018Van

    This is a unique coffee recipe, usually only found in Vietnam. A bartender working at the Sofitel Hotel in Hanoi created this drink in 1946 – this delicious invention came from the shortage of milk and cream in Vietnam, very similar to how Vietnamese yogurt was invented. It’s made by whisking egg yolks, sugar, condensed…

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  • Spirited Away No-Face Macarons Recipe (カオナシ kaonashi)

    December 3, 2018Van

    I love to make desserts that have a “wow” factor when given as gifts during the Christmas Season. Often I challenge myself to bake a special batch of cookies that travel well enough to ship to all my family and friends outside of California. I found myself watching one of my favorite Miyazaki films “Spirited…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Coffee Flan Recipe (Bánh Flan Cà Phê)

    November 29, 2018Van

    This recipe combines two delicacies brought to Vietnam by Europeans; Flan and Coffee. Believe it or not, the region of Vietnam was not the coffee producing powerhouse it is today. The French introduced coffee to Vietnam sometime in the 1850s…and its now something synonymous with the flavors of Vietnam. Can you believe coffee wasn’t always…

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  • Instant Pot Matcha Cheesecake Recipe

    November 22, 2018Van

    Regular readers of my blog already know my love affair with cheesecake. The flavor options are absolutely unlimited. Depending on the season— and my mood—its exhilarating to discover new flavors that play on the sweet and savory motif inherent in this creamy delicacy. Matcha has a strong hold on me. Years ago I came upon…

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  • The BEST Tiramisu Recipe

    November 22, 2018Van

    I’ve been attempting Tiramisu for years. It all began on a date with my husband to see the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012. Before the game my husband took me to his favorite steakhouse, Pacific Dining Car—where we randomly ordered the BEST Tiramisu I’ve ever tasted. It sparked an obsession to create the most delicious…

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  • French Macarons Recipe (French Meringue Method)

    November 15, 2018Van

    I tried French Macarons for the first time a decade ago while on vacation in New York. While exploring the city I stumbled upon a display window showcasing these delightfully gorgeous little curiosities. Their appearance was so striking that I was compelled to try five different flavors! After that romp I was completely obsessed with…

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  • Instant Pot Snickers Cheesecake Recipe

    October 17, 2018Van

    You can’t go wrong with a classic NY Cheesecake (recipe here). It may be the perfect dessert—everybody seems to like it yet it’s hard to find a really good slice. But what if I told you I not only have the BEST cheesecake recipe of all time, but I’ve one-upped it!??? Now that Halloween is…

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  • Triple Chocolate Skull Cake Recipe for Nordic Ware Skull Cake Pan

    October 13, 2018Van

    The best gift anyone can give you is inspiration! I usually make my own birthday cakes and today I was planning on making a standard rosette cake. My husband surprised me in the morning with the amazing Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cake Pan (purchase here) so I was determined to use it to make my…

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