Apple-Pear Crisp

As soon as we moved into our new place (only 3 days after coming back to America!) we could not wait to have friends over for dinner. I planned out a Morrocan-inspired menu, but when it came to dessert, I wanted to do something seasonal, preferably with pumpkin because […]

Espresso Cupcakes

Our international adventures have come to an end, at least for now. While I was really sad to leave Thailand behind, I was unbelievably excited to get back into the kitchen. Cupcakes seemed like a natural thing to bake since I haven’t eaten too many in the past year, […]

Masala Chai Arroz con Leche

I was always under the impression that I hated rice pudding until I spent a month in Spain after I graduated from high school. My host mother was an incredibly sweet woman who was thrilled that I was interested in cooking. Even though she worked crazy hours as a […]

Caramel Apple Galettes

Our neighborhood is constantly inundated with little old men driving pickup trucks full of produce, blasting tapes that repeat the names of whatever it is they’re selling at full volume, in Korean. They start at about 7 AM, which is a fabulous wake-up call to get me out the […]

Caramel sauce

WOW. What was I thinking buying jars of this, when it turns out it is so easy to make myself? I’m a little scared to make it again because of how quickly it was inhaled (most of it by the spoonful). I should be ashamed, but it’s just that […]

Black Forest Cake

As soon as we got back to California, I was desperate to bake something, and for some reason I was stuck on Black Forest Cake. I hate the goopy, overly sweet cherry filling that you find in grocery store black forest cake, and I wanted something a little more […]

Macadamia Coconut Cake

Don’t mind the legs sticking out of the cake slice…it’s just the design on the plate. This was a wonderful dessert for our Hawaiian-inspired dinner.  It includes macadamias and coconut (two very rich things), white cake, and fluffy meringue icing (very light).  They balance each other out perfectly! I was […]

Bûche de Noël

My mom always used to make Buche de Noel for Christmas, and this year she passed the torch to me.  I am glad I made a rolled cake this summer – it made this recipe a lot less intimidating.  There are quite a few components to put together, but just […]

Matteson Squares

Here it is: the holy grail of Christmas cookies.  Fudgy brownies topped with a layer of mint buttercream and a hard chocolate shell on top. For as long as I can remember, these have been everyone’s favorite.  When my mom’s family gets together, these cookies are in high demand and […]

French Apple Tart

This is one of my favorite desserts to make because it looks so fancy, and yet it takes no artistic skill whatsoever.  My cakes always come out a little lopsided, but this tart looks beautiful no matter what!  It just takes some patience to cut and arrange a whole […]

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