Pumpkin Streusel Bread from Field Pumpkins or leftover Jack O’Lantern

Pumpkin Streusel Bread made from raw field pumpkin

Last Halloween, I turned my leftover Jack O’Lanterns into baked field pumpkin puree.  Making pumpkin puree from field pumpkins is a little bit time consuming, but worth it if you feel bad wasting your Halloween Jack O’Lanterns.  I always feel bad throwing away Jack O’Lanterns!  I mean, pumpkin is a vegetable, and while field pumpkin [...]

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

After making several batches of fresh homemade ricotta, I had a ton of ricotta to use up in the refrigerator.  I found a Giada recipe on food network’s website for Lemon Ricotta Cookies that had a ton of glowing reviews.  It sounded really good, so I decided to give it a try. OMG!  These cookies [...]

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes


Last week, I bought two sugar pumpkins at the market – it’s that time of year again!!!  A few days ago, I baked the pumpkins and pureed them, with the intent of making some pumpkin pies.  Then I made the pies.  Everything was going just fine until I baked them… and somehow my oven ended [...]

An Pan (Red Bean Bun/Bao)

An Pan

So I’m not the biggest fan of sweet red bean (azuki bean) paste.  There.  I said it.  However, my husband LOVES LOVES LOVES sweet red bean, and red bean paste.  It’s one of his favorite sweets.  So as I’ve been playing around with my milk bread recipes, creating different kind of buns and such, he [...]

White Grape Jam

White Grape Jam

In addition to his obsession with Bonsai trees, my dad has taken up gardening (fruits and vegetables) as a new hobby.  Apparently, my dad had an enormous yield of white grapes this year, and he brought 5-6 lbs. over to my house last weekend.  The grapes were delicious and sweet – but had some horrible [...]