Iced Lemon Pound Cake (Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake Copycat Recipe)

Iced Lemon Pound Cake

There are quite a few “Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake” recipes circulating around the internet these days…  Judging from the ingredients, most of these are made from boxed cake mix (with no butter) or are just basic pound cake recipes with a bit of lemon juice thrown in.  I wanted something that would be closer [...]

Nikuman (Japanese Steamed Pork Buns, a.k.a. Chinese Pork Baozi)


As I finished steaming these buns earlier today, my husband walked into the kitchen hungry: “Here!  Try one of these,” I said. “You made Baozi?” he asked. “No, these are Nikuman,” I explained. As he bit into one, he remarked, “No.  These are Chinese.  These are Pork Baozi.” “No they aren’t.  They are Nikuman.  It’s [...]

Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Dipped & Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries - the perfect treat for Valentine's Day!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been noticing ads all over the internet for gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries.  But seriously, $39.99 for a dozen strawberries (plus shipping)???  That’s insane!  I found fresh strawberries on sale at the supermarket for $1.99 the other day.  With a small portion of the melting chocolate I already have in [...]

Homemade Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Steamed Red Bean Glutinous Rice Cake)

Fried Nian Gao slices - my husband's favorite!

Happy Year of the Water Snake!!!  Tomorrow (starting at midnight) is Chinese New Year’s Day, the beginning of the Lunar New Year’s celebrations all across Asia and in Asian communities here in America. This year, I was thinking about what to make for Lunar New Year… year of the Snake – maybe I should make [...]

Italian Cheesecake made with Mascarpone and Ricotta cheese

Italian Cheesecake - made with mascarpone and ricotta cheese

In the town we grew up, there was this old Italian deli/bakery.  My parents used to buy this little cheesecake from there every once in awhile – it was very small (no more than 6″ in diameter) and came in an aluminum foil pan.  That little cheesecake was soooooo good – so rich, so creamy [...]