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Gluten-Free Pistachio Lemon Cake from Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

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 favorite..

Easter at Home & Homemade Peking Duck (Recipe)

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…)

Plugrá Butter – Rich and Flavorful Butter

I am a big fan of butter. My affinity for baked goods and pastries (eating or baking) that I probably consume more butter than an ordinary person does. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I do like Plugrá a lot when I bake at home. Heck, even using their unsalted butter, spread it on a lovely, crusty bread with a sprinkling of Maldon salt would make me a happy person. Plugrá is an American made, European-style butter. They use a slow-churned process that creates less moisture content and a creamier texture when compared to average table butters. It contains 82%..

A Quinoa-Centered Meal

I am very excited to be part of Foodbuzz’s 24×24! Bowl of uncooked quinoa and The table setting My family dinner was focused on quinoa. Quinoa is sort of like couscous except it’s a protein-rich grain (not a pasta like couscous) and it tastes nutty when eaten alone. The quinoa I used (according to its package instructions), ask for a 2:1 ratio (by volume, as in 2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa) of boiling water to quinoa and after it absorbs the liquid for 15-20 minutes, you’d fluff it up with a fork like couscous. (You can find quinoa..

Homemade Macarons – à la Pierre Hermé

If you’ve been one of my longtime readers, you know I have an obsession with macarons. I admit I go insane over Pierre Hermé macarons. (When I landed in Paris for vacation last May, the top “must do things” on my first day was to go to any of Hermé’s boutiques and have his macarons and pastries!) My box of homemade pistachio macarons In case you didn’t know, Pierre Hermé is one of the preeminent pastry chefs in the world and most known for his macarons and his unusual flavor combinations, especially his signature flavor Isaphan (a wondrous palm-sized rose..

Tapioca Passion fruit Coconut Parfaits & Passion Fruit Ice Cream

Perfect Puree: Passion Fruit and Meyer Lemon This year’s harsh winter season made me either stay curled up in bed in my pajamas and not leave home or bound to St. Barts. Since the latter couldn’t happen at all because of graduate school, I could do is make something tropical-inspired. Earlier the past month, I acquired some fruit purées from Perfect Purée. They carry a number of fruit puree concentrates that range from the usual fruits of raspberry, cherry and the like, to the savory roasted bell pepper. I ended up getting the passion fruit and Meyer lemon. Homemade Tapioca..

Tapioca Passion fruit Coconut Parfaits & Passion Fruit Ice Cream

Perfect Puree: Passion Fruit and Meyer Lemon This year’s harsh winter season made me either stay curled up in bed in my pajamas and not leave home or bound to St. Barts. Since the latter couldn’t happen at all because of graduate school, I could do is make something tropical-inspired. Earlier the past month, I acquired some fruit purées from Perfect Purée. They carry a number of fruit puree concentrates that range from the usual fruits of raspberry, cherry and the like, to the savory roasted bell pepper. I ended up getting the passion fruit and Meyer lemon. Homemade Tapioca..

Homemade Mooncakes

If you walk into any Chinese supermarket or grocery store within the past week or two, you are bound to see tins and/or fancy decorated boxes of mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival that’s coming up this Wednesday, September 22nd. (A mooncake is a dense, Chinese pastry that’s usually filled with lotus seed or adzuki red bean paste and barely covered in a shiny, deep golden brown, cake-like crust. It can range in shapes but they are usually circular or square in shape and may or may not contain salted egg yolks.) Being my daring baking self, I wanted to make..

Hazelnut-Almond Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies for Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, or Any Other Day

During the course of my work week, I was craving something crunchy. I can’t explain it but it’s certainly one of those times that I have the strongest, indescribable desire to eat crunchy food. Since I didn’t want potato chips or pretzels, even though it was Super Bowl weekend, I searched my house and found a bag of mixed unshelled nuts. I perused my recipe collection I collected over the years and found this: hazelnut strawberry thumbprint cookies. It’s a simple cookie recipe. The small problem was, I didn’t have enough hazelnuts. (I’m presuming my dad liked that particular nut..