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 [...]

Homemade Margherita Pizza


A few months ago, I bought a pizza stone at Target for $20.  For awhile, it’s been sitting in my cupboard, waiting to be used.  Last week I finally took it out of the box and put it on the bottom rack of my oven.  Pizza stones are essential in creating a real pizza crust.  [...]

Japanese Milk Bread (Tangzhong or Water Roux method)

Japanese Milk Bread

I’ve always loved the soft, slightly sweet, Japanese bakery bread that can be found in most Asian markets.  (The Chinese & Taiwanese also have a version of this bread that is nearly identical.)   But how do you replicate the soft fluffiness of this bread when making at home?  Most “milk bread” recipes out there [...]

Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I love cheese.  Especially fresh homemade ricotta cheese! One of my favorites ways to eat fresh ricotta is with a sprinkle of pine nuts and a light drizzle of honey.  Yum!!! Making ricotta is so easy and simple.  And once you taste it fresh, you’ll never buy the stuff in the plastic tubs again.  All [...]

Pistachio & White Chocolate Chip Cookies


There is a health food market around the corner from here that has bulk bins of candy, nuts, grains, and spices.  The other day, I bought several scoops of shelled pistachio nuts, and figured I would find something good to make out of them.  (Then I left them on the counter and promptly forgot about [...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

There is such a thing as having too much zucchini, apparently.  After a particular grocery store trip (where I purchased zucchini), I came home to find that not only was there already zucchini in the refrigerator (oops), but that a friend had also dropped off some baseball bat sized home grown zucchini!  Now, there are [...]

Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello

Limoncello is an Italian Lemon Liqueur, made from grain alcohol infused with lemon peels, served (chilled) after dinner in tiny cordial glasses.  Traditional Limoncello is produced in Southern Italy along the Amalfi Coast, from Sorrento Lemons (Limone di Sorrento).  Here in Southern California, access to Sorrento Lemons is quite limited – but one of the [...]

Dolly’s Lemon Raspberry Chiffon Pie

Lemon Raspberry Chiffon Pie

This awesome lemon chiffon pie was introduced to me by an acquaintance in Canada, a fabulous woman named Dolly.  It’s so simple and easy to make – and tastes so light and refreshing.  It’s the perfect sweet and tart summer-time pie! I used about 7 small organic lemons (or you could use about 4-5 regular [...]