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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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  • Instant Pot Pumpkin Flan Cake Recipe

    October 10, 2018Van

    My family loves it when I make Chocolate Flan Cake (recipe here), so I created an alternate version for my favorite season, Pumpkin Flan Cake. It’s creamy flan on top of a moist pumpkin cake with a caramel topping –…

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Thịt kho tàu)

    August 17, 2018Van

    You won’t find this dish in many Vietnamese restaurants, but every Vietnamese family makes this dish at home, especially around Lunar New Year (Tết). It’s one of the most flavorful and delicious dishes—the pork belly is braised in coconut water…

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  • Instant Pot Madras Lentils Recipe

    August 14, 2018Van

    Costco Samples have a magical way of influencing our eating habits. On a routine shopping trip my daughter tried a sample cup of Tasty Bites Madras Lentils—and proceeded to talk about them the entire trip. I reluctantly conceded and went…

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  • Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe (Japanese Calbi)

    July 29, 2018Van

    These Japanese BBQ Short Ribs are inspired by the ones I get at my favorite local izakaya, Kappo Honda. I’m not sure if this is a common dish that you can find at other Japanese restaurants, because I don’t really…

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  • Oui French Style Coconut Yogurt Recipe

    July 27, 2018Van

    Oui is Yoplait’s best yogurt, minimal ingredients are used and the yogurt is cultured in adorable glass jars – it creates a creamy texture without any thickeners or straining. The coconut flavor is one of my favorites, my copycat of…

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