strawberry-mango smoothie

The smoothie — a super healthy drink, right? Not so fast. Smoothies, especially the ones you can order at many nationwide chains, aren’t really that great for you. They’re filled with tons of additives, including sugars and “juice blends” that aren’t really all-natural, and calories, despite being marketed as healthy, fruit-filled drinks. I’m not saying […]

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meringue mashup

Much of my professional and personal life includes hours on end scrolling through and reading stories online. You’d think I’d see tons of items that interest me, but it’s rare something captures my attention enough for me to click through it for a read. It’s even more rare that I find something that really inspires […]

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you mousse try this

Science says much about how the mind works, like how the most creative people tend to stay up late. And that’s me. Often I find myself struggling to sleep as idea after idea flows through my mind when I lay down. And that’s how this recipe came to me. Well, not this recipe exactly — […]

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churn, churn, churn — not!

  Ask almost any of my family or friends about their favorite dessert and they’ll cite ice cream as the top contender. Not me, though. I’ve always gone for brownies or cake first. But lately — and I am convinced it’s undue influence of my sister and niece — I’ve been craving ice cream. In fact, I’ve […]

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bowled over

Never go shopping with an 8-year-old. Despite being warned that we planned only to buy items for her class’ Valentine’s Day party, my niece immediately began identifying one thing after another she hoped my sister would add to our Hobby Lobby basket. But I’m to blame for the brownie bowls. As we wandered the store, a […]

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the king of custards

As I mentioned in my last post, my sister Sam encouraged me to get back in the food blog game. In honor of her, I thought I would share the recipe for one of her favorite desserts — creme brûlée. If you’ve had a creme brûlée before, you likely ordered it at a restaurant. That’s often […]

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may flowers into cupcakes

Last month, there really was nothing better than “May flowers.” I knew going into what I called my “foraging month” that I had to make a dessert. I’d always wanted to candy flowers, and with spring’s arrival, it was the perfect time to harvest some violets for a batch of cupcakes. Violets seemed the logical choice. […]

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goodbye pie

I hate goodbyes. You can’t avoid them. Having moved more times than I can remember, I’ve certainly said my share. And in a business in which high turnover is not uncommon, I’ve been to many farewell parties and made many desserts, sending my co-workers off on a sweet note. Call it goodbye pie. I’ve written […]

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holy cannoli

In cooking, there are few things I would consider an arch enemy of sorts. But ricotta, oh sweet ricotta, we are not so friendly. At least, not when it comes to desserts. I can whip up a lasagna or pasta item with ricotta — no problem. But, dessert, forget about it. I don’t know whether I […]

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simply irresistible

Admittedly, I go a little strawberry crazy this time of year. Sales at the market certainly don’t help my addiction, but that’s a topic for another day. I’ve been wanting to experiment for a while with different kinds of macarons, specifically changing up the flavor of the cookie. Fillings are easy; it’s the shell that […]

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Spring into strawberry shortcake

Hello, spring. I’ve been waiting for this moment all year. The weather starts to warm, flowers begin to bloom and birds begin to sing again. And it’s my birthday. When my mother was pregnant, she craved Chinese food and strawberry shortcake. She, of course, claims those cravings passed to me. Although I’m not sure there […]

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triple threat

Well, this post will effectively wrap up a month of making sweets, and although I plan on diving into a new adventure this month, my pending vacation will delay new recipes here. So, I shall leave you on a chocolatey high note. There is nothing new or really special about this cake. I made it as […]

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the man, the myth, the macaron!

The macaron: For many novice pâtissiers (i.e. myself), it’s like an elusive mythical creature. For the longest time, I couldn’t seem to get the sweet meringue-based sandwich cookie right. Last December was a disaster. And last weekend was an improvement but still not quite right. But I’m not one to give up. Like my trials making bread, […]

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‘treat yo self’

It’s no surprise that February, being the shortest month of the year, is flying by. So it’s taken me a while to get around to this post, which really should have gone up closer to Valentine’s Day, the day after which my friends and I had our own celebration. It all started with my friend […]

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that takes the (crepe) cake

There is nothing like a good crepe. Trouble is, so many places make bad crepes. I won’t name any restaurants, but if you are eating at a chain, don’t order the crepes there. Sweet or savory, it will never measure up to a homemade recipe. Some of my strongest childhood memories involve breakfasts featuring the […]

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