Roasted Strawberries with Vanilla Bean

Ina Garten is a genius!!!...more

Black Forest Cupcakes

Black forest cake gets its name from a cherry liqueur that originates from the Black Forest mountain range in Germany, Schwarzwald. Since then it's been made in many different countries and in many different ways but it is essentially, cherries, chocolate and cream. I personally love this flavour combination, it's decadent and delicious so I thought I would make it into a cupcake. It's my usual dark chocolate cupcake recipe but I have filled it with a yummy cherry filling. I've added a splash of almond essence to it too because I think that brings out the cherry flavour. ...more

Soon Kueh/Bangkwan Kueh/Jicama Dumplings

Soon Kueh/bangkwan kueh is a very popular snack in Malaysian and Singapore. Tradionally the filling is made out of bamboo shoots but nowadays you can usually get the make from Jicama/bangkwan which I prefer. Added to is mushrooms, carrots or dried shrimps ....more

Hibiscus Margaritas

As Americans, we are really good at taking other countries' holidays and turning them into an opportunity for binge drinking. ...more

mechado osso buco (filipino braised beef shanks)

i am a sucker for braised meat. to me, nothing says comfort more than beef that has been stewing all day. my favorite cut of meat for braising is the beef shank ....more

Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel is probably one of my favorite year-round treats. Whenever I am buying filled chocolate, I will always buy ones with caramel inside. Why you ask? ...more

Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins

My grandmother grew strawberries in springtime in a small garden plot that lined the exterior of her detached garage in Southern California. The soil was edged with scalloped grey concrete bricks, adjacent to a chain link fence with a gate leading to the back alley. As a little girl, I'd sneak out.. ....more

Red Lentil Hummus and Sweet Potato Pizza

Red Lentil Hummus and Sweet Potato Pizza – a gorgeous vegetarian pizza loaded with red lentil hummus, caramelized onions and sweet potatoes. Doesn’t this pizza look amazing? And it tastes amazing too! ...more

Mrs. Allen’s Cookies

Mrs. Allen’s cookies. No, this is not a new grocery store brand, but another installment in the Aunt Lou’s Archives series ....more

Vacationing at Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk, Oahu, Hawaii

If you've been reading here for any amount of time, then you're aware of my love for vacationing in the Hawaiian Islands. As a family we try to get there once or twice a year, which of course is never enough. However, travel has gotten more challenging as the kids get older because of their busy schedules ....more