Shabu Shabu (Japanese Hot Pot)

shabu shabu

Shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot) is one of my favorite ways to eat beef.  The key is to get beef sliced thin enough… Japanese markets often have Shabu Shabu sliced beef for sale.  You can also find thin sliced meat at Korean and Chinese markets.  If you have a home slicer, it helps if the [...]

Mini Apple Pies & Tarts


I love “mini” treats.  Mini-cakes, mini-candy bars… it’s all good.  So I thought it would be cute to make some mini apple pies.  What could be more fun to eat than mini-pies? My main dilemma was how to make them – what pan do I use to make these mini pies?  I already had cupcake/muffin [...]

Cake Ball Truffles

Vanilla Cake Ball Truffles

So apparently “cake balls” or “cake pops” are a new American dessert trend right now… everyone is making them, and some people (like Bakerella) are making some really extraordinary designs.  I decided it was time to jump on the bandwagon, and give cake balls a try. Cake Ball truffles are sooooo good – I can’t [...]

Banana Rum Cake

Banana Rum Cake

So here’s a spin off of the tried and true, delicious Caribbean Rum Cake… the Banana Rum Banana Cake!  When I found banana flavored Malibu Rum at the market, I felt like I hit the jackpot. The cake portion is flavored with the banana rum (banana Malibu) and mashed bananas, and once finished, soaked in [...]