Rugelach (Walnut & Cinnamon Sour Cream Crescent Pastry)

Rugelach:  Walnut & Cinnamon Sugar Pastries

Rugelach are delicious cookie-sized crescent shaped pastries –  traditionally made with a yeast leavened dough containing sour cream, wrapped around some sort of sweet filling (walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, poppy seed, marzipan, jam, etc.).  Although they are quite simple to make, they look very impressive and are the perfect little treat to go with afternoon tea [...]

Pretzel Bread Rolls (Brezeln)

Pretzel Bread Rolls... just in time for Oktoberfest!

It’s Oktoberfest right now!   Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival lasting from late September through the first weekend of October, and is considered the world’s largest fair – held annually in Munich (Bavaria), Germany.  Specials beers and all kinds of wonderful German foods are served during this celebration… one of my favorite German treats [...]

Baking 101: The basics of baking (Tips for successful baking)

Baking 101:  Tips for successful baking

When I was learning how to bake, I made A LOT of mistakes.  Neither of my parents had ever baked anything… and I had no one to show me the right way to do things.  So I just did things… a lot… over and over until I got it right.  In the process, I have [...]

Homemade Mini Tartlet Desserts (How to make Mini Tarts)

Homemade Mini Tart Desserts

Last week, I posted a recipe and method for making mini tart shells using my new Williams-Sonoma mini tart baking set.  You can make a few batches of these shells and fill with a variety of flavors for some very beautiful and impressive looking desserts!  I made: pineapple tarts, chocolate ganache with peanut butter cream, [...]

Homemade Mini Tart Shells (How to make tartlet shells)

Homemade Mini Tarts

This past weekend, I was browsing at the UTC Williams-Sonoma store, and saw a bunch of really cool baking pans and gadgets that I wanted to get.  What really caught my eye was a Tartlet Baking Set… it’s a non-stick tartlet pan (it looks like the tart version of a muffin pan) that comes with a [...]

Honey Orange Beef

Honey Orange BEef

Here’s a quick stir-fry recipe that is bursting with orange flavor!  This is a dish that is really easy to throw together quickly – your stir-fry will be done and ready before your rice is done steaming.  Or… if you are planning ahead, you can marinade the meat overnight in the refrigerator, prep the vegetables, [...]

Chinese Dim Sum Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gou)

Chinese Taro Cake - steamed, then pan fried

Do you like Dim Sum?  I LOVE eating Dim Sum… my only problem is that I find the entire experience to be VERY stressful, so it’s a love/hate thing for me.  I find myself craning my neck backwards, looking for all the carts with the food that I want to eat… worried that all the [...]

Homemade Azuki Bean Ice Cream (Sweet Red Bean Ice Cream)

Homemade Azuki Bean Ice Cream

Now that I have my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, I’ve been making all kinds of ice cream lately.  Recently, I posted a recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream – which was really good… but I wanted to try making something a bit harder to find.  You can go to the market and choose from a bunch [...]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Every time I buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the market, I save the bones, scraps, and skins to make chicken stock.  (I dump it all into a pot, cover with water, and simmer for an hour or so.  Then I cool it, strain it, and store it in the refrigerator to make soup the [...]

What to do with leftover cake or cake crumbs

10 things to do with leftover cake crumbs

Awhile back, I spent the day trying to figure out the Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake recipe.  After baking three loaves in a row, making changes here and there… I think I came pretty close.  The first loaf… was just ok.  The second… better, but still not exactly what I wanted.  The third… score!  That was [...]