Zabaglione (Italian Custard made with Marsala Wine)

Zabaglione (Italian Marsala Wine Custard)

Zabaglione is a really simple dessert to make – but looks very complicated and impressive!  It requires few ingredients:  egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, cream, and Marsala Wine.  I like to punch up the flavor with a pinch of salt, and the addition of vanilla bean pods… but that part is optional. To make this simple [...]

Christmas Dinner: How to make Prime Rib (Standing Rib Roast) with Au Jus and Yorkshire Pudding

Prime Rin (a.k.a. "Standing Rib Roast")

Every Christmas, I like to make a Prime Rib roast.  You can usually find “prime” grade standing rib roast at Costco the week of Christmas.  Otherwise, you can usually find “choice” grade at Costco or the supermarket.  ”Prime” grade beef is usually double the price of the “choice” grade… and frankly, it tastes the same [...]

Easy Microwave Candy: Chocolate Walnut Fudge & White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Easy microwave walnut fudge & white chocolate peppermint bark

Every Christmas, I like to make a big batch of Christmas Candy to give away to friends and neighbors.  The easiest to make are my Chocolate Walnut Fudge and my White Chocolate Peppermint Bark recipes… mainly because these two candy recipes are made entirely in the microwave.  It could not be any easier! For the [...]

Hawaiian Cornbread

Hawaiian Cornbread

Hawaiian cornbread is not your typical American style cornbread – this one is sweeter, fluffier, and lighter in texture than the dense bread we think of as “cornbread”.   It’s sort of a cross between a cake and regular cornbread.  I love the texture and sweetness – it’s perfect served with a bowl of chili [...]

Spiral Moon Cakes with Taro Filling (Teochew style mooncakes)

Spiral Moon Cakes with Taro Filling

The first time I had these spiral pastries was in Westminster, CA.  We were on our way back from lunch with some friends, and one of my friends mentioned wanting to stop at a bakery to buy some of these mooncakes to take home.  I only bought one (just to taste)… and boy did I [...]

Hello Kitty Cake (how to make frosting transfers for easy cake decoration)

A Frosting Transfer of a Hello Kitty image decorates the top of this chocolate peanut butter cake

Cake decorating is always a challenge for me – but I manage to do it even though I have no clue what I’m doing!  To turn out professional looking decorated cakes (with minimal effort and skill) I highly recommend investing in a few jumbo sized star tips (the small ones that come in decorating sets [...]

Fall Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup with Indian Spices

Fall Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup with Indian Spices

This Halloween, I decided to go with a Star Wars theme.  I wasn’t sure if it would work out… but I planned out some ideas… and the night before, I stayed up way too late carving a Death Star Jack O’Lantern and a Yoda Jack O’Lantern.  (I also made a Darth Vader one…. but it [...]

Easy Pumpkin Pie Turnovers (How to make homemade turnovers)

Easy Pumpkin Pie Turnovers

With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would post one of my favorite (easy) recipes to make Pumpkin Pie Turnovers.  This recipe is pretty universal – you can actually use any kind of filling you want… apple pie filling, cherry pie filling, jam, nutella, custard… even sweetened red bean paste!  Just [...]

Homemade Chinese Salted Eggs


Earlier this week, I posted a recipe for Liu Sa Bao (Chinese Salted Egg Custard Buns).  One of the main ingredients in this recipe is Chinese Salted Duck Eggs.  But what do you do when you don’t have salted duck eggs?  If you have a Chinese Grocery store nearby, you can buy them easily.  If [...]

Liu Sa Bao (Chinese Salted Egg Custard Steamed Bun)

Liu Sa Bao (Chinese Salted Egg Custard Steamed Buns)

When we were visiting Taiwan, I found myself incredibly car-sick.  I’m not sure what it was… I think a combination of jet lag, being really hungry, and being stuck in a car that was swerving side to side constantly while stopping and going abruptly (*cough* Uncle’s driving *cough*).  Well, after being stuck in the car [...]