• ONE PIECE Devil Fruit Macarons Recipe

    November 26, 2021Van

    One Piece is one of my favorite anime series, so I thought it would be fun to make some devil fruit macarons in celebration of it’s momentous 1000th episode “Overwhelming Strength! The Straw Hats Come Together.” (released on November 20, 2021)  Simply amazing that the series has been on since 1999! Congrats to Eiichirō Oda…

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  • Pumpkin Spice Waffles Recipe

    November 25, 2021Van

    These delicious aromatic pumpkin waffles are perfect for breakfast or brunch. You could even serve this with vanilla ice cream for dessert. I made these today for breakfast and topped them homemade whipped cream, sometimes I’ll add pecan or walnuts as well. The entire house smells heavenly and my kids really loved them (they even…

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  • Ube Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    November 18, 2021Van

    A unique alternative to the classic rice krispie treats: Ube Rice Krispie Treats. Ube is a purple yam that’s a popular ingredient for sweets and desserts in Asia and Hawaii, it has a lovely nutty flavor, almost like a cross between vanilla & pistachio. Ube desserts are not only popular for their flavor, many people are…

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  • The BEST Hot Chocolate Recipe

    November 17, 2021Van

    If you’re looking to have an amazing mug of hot chocolate, make this recipe! Hot chocolate from shops is bad 99% of the time, it’s usually just some bland mix that they add to hot water. My version has a super rich chocolate flavor and topped with a mountain of whipped cream! It’s also quick…

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  • Pumpkin Butter Mochi Recipe

    November 9, 2021Van

    Butter Mochi is a very popular treat in Hawaii, it’s made with Mochiko (Japanese Sweet Rice Flour) and a few other ingredients typically used to make cake. It’s the perfect example of modern day Hawaiian cuisine (local food) which is a fusion from multiple ethnic groups. Butter mochi has a satisfying chewy texture, it’s a…

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  • EASY Dalgona Candy Recipe

    October 16, 2021Van

    Dalgona Candy (ppopgi) is popular street snack in South Korea (watch how it’s traditionally made here) – it’s been served there for decades, but has become known worldwide recently from Squid Game (Netflix show). About 3 weeks ago, I missed a night of sleep binge watching the entire season of Squid Game (yes, it was…

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  • Crazy Pumpkin Milkshake Recipe

    October 13, 2021Van

    Every year, I go nuts at Trader Joe’s when all the pumpkin products start rolling in.  I wanted to make a dessert that uses as many pumpkin treats as possible, so I created the ultimate Pumpkin Milkshake.  I didn’t feel like baking myself a birthday cake this year (like I always do), so I made…

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  • Trader Joe’s Crunchy Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

    September 27, 2021Van

    Fall is my favorite time of year, the weather gets more mild, Halloween is approaching and Trader Joe’s gets tons of pumpkin goodies! Every year I love trying out all the Trader Joe’s pumpkin products, and one of  my favorite items is the Pumpkin Brioche Twist, it’s amazing for French Toast – I wanted to…

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  • 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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