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Gluten-Free Pistachio Lemon Cake from Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

[Translate] Wilderness Poets’ raw nuts and nut butters; President’s Imported Cultured Butters and Cheeses; My copy of Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook; Homemade pistachio lemon cake, Momofuku Milk Bar’s recipe This weekend was my birthday and for those of you who read this site often enough, my annual tradition is to bake my own birthday cake. Ever since this summer, I’ve been browsing through Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and wanting to bake from her book. One of the recipes in there was one of my favorite cakes from the Milk Bar, the pistachio lemon. I love pistachio. It’s my..

Taiwanese-Style Mooncakes and Taro Root Paste Recipes

[Translate] Traditional mooncakes (before and after baking) Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon (this year, it’s September 19th) and it seriously felt maybe a week or two ago I made these traditional Chinese pastries – the traditional mooncakes (廣式月餅) and the snowskin mooncakes. I’ve been making these ever since for my family and a few close friends and they always wanted a few of these pastries once they start seeing it at the Chinese grocery stores and bakeries. Taiwanese flaky mooncakes This year, I did not make any snowskin mooncakes and made traditional mooncakes (what you see at the beginning..

Pluot Pistachio Streusel Cake (Recipe)

[Translate] Summer is the best season to bake any desserts with fruit. This past weekend, while shopping for groceries my local market had a huge abundance of red-brown pluots (a hybrid of a plum and an apricot) on sale that’s a shade overripe, so it’s on the softer side – and I bought several pounds of them. What fantastic about these pluots is it does taste so sweet and juicy that it drips down my wrists as I bite into them. Rather than taking the easy route and just eat them quickly within a day or two, I thought of..

Homemade Zongzhi (肉粽)

[Translate] Homemade Zongzi (肉粽) A few weeks ago, I made zongzi (肉粽) for Dragon Boat Festival. This festival is a Chinese holiday that traditionally, we eat this delicious, hearty sticky rice dumpling. (more…)

Kerrygold Cashel Blue Cheese – Savory Walnut Shortbread Cookies & Rye Rosemary Cashel Blue Cheese Bread

[Translate] Recently, I’ve received a large wheel of Kerrygold Cashel Blue Cheese. Since I love cheese of every kind my mind was buzzing with ideas as to what to do with it. Cashel Blue cheese has a unique, voluptuous, creamy texture with a minerally undertone (I even taste malt) complemented by a delightful, mild blue tang. It’s a cheese that has lots of big flavors that could stand up to a lot of robust foods, beers, and even a good Pinot Noir. (more…)

Kerrygold Cashel Blue Cheese – Savory Walnut Shortbread Cookies & Rye Rosemary Cashel Blue Cheese Bread

[Translate] Recently, I’ve received a large wheel of Kerrygold Cashel Blue Cheese. Since I love cheese of every kind my mind was buzzing with ideas as to what to do with it. Cashel Blue cheese has a unique, voluptuous, creamy texture with a minerally undertone (I even taste malt) complemented by a delightful, mild blue tang. It’s a cheese that has lots of big flavors that could stand up to a lot of robust foods, beers, and even a good Pinot Noir. (more…)

Mother's Day Brunch

[Translate] My gift to my mom and the spread for Mother’s Day brunch The past weekend for Mother’s Day, my mom wanted a home cooked brunch with the entire family. Since we’re a hungry bunch and my mom did not care what kind of cuisine, we cooked a hodgepodge of dishes that satisfied our cravings. (more…)

Mother’s Day Brunch

[Translate] My gift to my mom and the spread for Mother’s Day brunch The past weekend for Mother’s Day, my mom wanted a home cooked brunch with the entire family. Since we’re a hungry bunch and my mom did not care what kind of cuisine, we cooked a hodgepodge of dishes that satisfied our cravings. (more…)

Easter at Home & Homemade Peking Duck (Recipe)

[Translate] Homemade goose fat biscuits topped with sliced Johnston Country Ham and poached eggs Easter, or any major holiday, is always a feast at home. Since I have this wonderful ham from Johnston Country Hams, I couldn’t resist starting Easter morning with homemade goose fat biscuits (it’s based mainly from this recipe, except one third of the fat is with Kerry Gold butter) topped with sliced the said ham, poached eggs and a smear of Dijon mustard to cut the salt and flaky biscuit. Of course, there’s more… (more…)