Blueberry Pie Cupcakes

Blueberry Pie Cupcakes

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in American, desserts, Recipes | 2 Comments

My mom recently came to Seattle for a visit, and I had suggested to her that it could be fun to make a recipe together. This was especially meaningful to me since I learned to bake with my mom and grandmother. What better way to pay tribute to the main culinary influences in my life, ...

Strawberry Rose Water Bars

Strawberry Rose Water Bars

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in American, desserts, Recipes | 12 Comments

Ok, so this is definitely a girlie girl desert…which I kinda love. Rose water is by far one of my favorite ingredients to use, and when used sparingly, it adds a touch of floral delicacy. It can really bring out the flavor of certain fruits, like strawberries. It also goes really well with citrus, so ...

Strawberry-Rhubarb Mason Jar Pies

Strawberry-Rhubarb Mason Jar Pies

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

These pies are kinda awesome. Not only do they look adorable, but they’re also single serving, portable and can be devoured straight outta the jar. The combination of strawberries and rhubarb is classic, but I put a little bit of a twist on this by adding some orange and ginger. I love this pie because ...

Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting, Crystalized Ginger and Candied Walnuts

Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting, Crystalized Ginger and Candied Walnuts

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

After a long couple of months, having moved across the country from Champaign, Illinois to Bellevue, Washington, I’m back…and I come bearing cake! What better way to celebrate a new home, in a new city, than with a decadent carrot cake. A little comfort food to help me settle back into my life. I’m excited ...

Al (Cap)Pacino Cupcakes

Al (Cap)Pacino Cupcakes

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in American, desserts | No Comments

Cupcakes for your Scarface. Hands down, coffee is my favorite flavor for dessert. We have an amazing local roastery here in Champaign called Columbia Street Roastery. The delicious aroma of roasting coffee beans as I walk into the store always brings a serene smile to my face. For this recipe, I highly recommend using freshly ...

Green Tea Cupcakes with Candied Almonds

Green Tea Cupcakes with Candied Almonds

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in desserts, Japanese, Recipes | 3 Comments

I tested these ‘lil guys out on a group of non-vegans who tend to eat your typical “American” diet. I wasn’t really expecting many people to like them…or even TRY them! Just goes to show, don’t underestimate people. They were a hit! With that said, the original cake part of the recipe I made was ...

Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake Bars

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in American, desserts, Recipes | 2 Comments

Pumpkin is in season right now so I have been making lots of my own pumpkin puree. It can be a fairly time consuming project, but so worth it. Fresh pumpkin tastes far better than canned, plus you can purchase some local organic pumpkins to help support small farmers. My friend Melinda was kind enough ...

Golden Delicious Apple Galette

Golden Delicious Apple Galette

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in desserts, French, Recipes | 3 Comments

Here’s a ‘lil galette for your gullet! A galette is just a fancy-pants French cooking term, which in this case refers to a large freeform tart. You could definitely bake this recipe in a traditional tart dish, but I kind of prefer this method. Even if it ends up looking like crap it’s ok…because it’s ...

Aztec Chocolate Cookies

Aztec Chocolate Cookies

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in desserts, Fusion, Recipes | No Comments

I have been on a mission to make some kind of spicy chocolate cookie and have been hard at work on creating the perfect texture and flavor. I’ve had a few fails, but tonight…I had a big fat v-gasm. Yep. I need to mention that I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but these cookies are ...

Ted “Damson Plum” Yogurt Cake

Ted “Damson Plum” Yogurt Cake

Posted by on Sep 11, 2011 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

Last weekend at the Urbana Farmers Market I came across some little baby Damson Plums. The lady selling them had warned me that they would most likely be too tart to use for anything other than some sort of alcohol. I beg to differ. It’s funny how something like tartness can be so relative. They ...