Baked Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts

Mini Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Sprinkles

Do you ever get in that donut mood?  I try to eat healthy for the most part, but sometimes you really need a good donut!  A few months ago, I was craving Krispy Kreme glazed donuts… which motivated me to figure out the recipe.  I was shocked and excited when I was contacted by the [...]

Thai Pumpkin-Shrimp Coconut Soup

Thai Pumpkin-Shrimp Coconut Soup

Whenever I cook with shrimp, I save the discarded raw shells in the freezer to make soup stock in the future.  Once I have enough shells accumulated, I know I can make this soup from “leftovers” that are hanging around in the refrigerator! You can use pumpkin puree, carrot puree, or tomato paste to flavor [...]

S’mores Cookie

S'mores Cookies

Last week, my husband’s sister and her husband moved down from Sacramento to San Diego.  One of their last stops in Sacramento, before making the final drive down South, was to a local bakery called the “Cookie Connection.”  They got a huge stack of cookies for the road (and some extra to share)… Oatmeal Raisin, [...]

Avocado-Cilantro Pesto with Spaghetti

Avocado Cilantro Pesto with Spaghetti

It’s still avocado season, here in San Diego!    Sometimes at the market, I can find wonderful deals on avocados… 5 for $5.  Or, if we get lucky, friends who have avocado trees will drop off a bag or two.  (I tried planting a Hass avocado tree 3 years ago, but it died!) When I [...]

Awkward Panda Cookies (Rolled Cookie Dough with Royal Icing decoration – without cookie cutters!)

Awkward Panda Cookie

My brother-in-law is in town this week – his production company is promoting their “Awkward Animal” line of stuffed animals at Comic-con.  These stuffed animals are SO freaking cute!!!!  They have a panda, rhino, turtle, bunny, octopus, frog, elephant, and penguin.  My favorite one, though, it the Awkward Panda.  He’s just so silly and adorable!  [...]

Banh Khoai Mi Nuong (Vietnamese Baked Cassava or Yuca Cake)

Banh Khoai Mi Nuong (Cassava Cake)

A few days ago, a good friend of mine had a housewarming party.  She had a lot of really good food and all kinds of wonderful desserts and sweet treats.  One of her friends brought over a delicious homemade Vietnamese dessert called “Banh Khoai Mi Nuong” (or “Cassava Cake”).  The cake was cut into small squares, and [...]

Old Fashioned Southern Coca Cola Cake (Chocolate Coke Cake)

Coca Cola Cake

A few weeks ago, someone left an unopened 20 oz. bottle of Coca Cola at our house.  I left it in the refrigerator… but my husband doesn’t drink soda, and I prefer diet Coke over regular.  What was I going to do with this bottle of Coke taking up space in my refrigerator?  My problem [...]

“KFC chicken” casserole bake

"KFC Chicken" Casserole Bake

The other night, I was in the mood for KFC… but too lazy to go get it.  Plus KFC is expensive these days!  It’s almost $30 for an 8 piece meal with sides and biscuits!  Crazy expensive!  Earlier in the day, I had purchased a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store… and figured I would [...]

Yomogi Daifuku 蓬大福 or Kusa Mochi 草餅 (Japanese Mugwort Mochi with Red Bean Filling)

Kusa Mochi (Japanese Mugwort flavored mochi with sweet red bean filling)

I LOVE yomogi flavored mochi!  ”Yomogi” is a Japanese herb, called “Japanese Mugwort” in English, a.k.a. “Artemesia princeps” in the plant world.  This is a very vigorous plant that grows like a weed all over Japan.  It is a member of the Asteroideae – the same subfamily that contains tarragon, sagebrush (NOT sage… which is [...]

Mohnstrudel Rolls (Austrian Poppy Seed Strudel Rolls) a.k.a. Mohnschnecken

Mohnstrudel Rolls (Austrian Poppyseed Rolls)

For Father’s Day, I decided to stop by a local German/European Market and buy a bunch of German & Austrian grocery items for my dad as a treat.  Since all of the German delicatessens and markets near his house have closed in the last 15-20 years, he hasn’t had much in the way of German [...]