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old friends – honey lemon poppyseed cake

July 17, 2015
Honey Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  Honey, an organic natural sweetener, was highly prized by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans as not only an important food source but as a gift to the Gods. Honey continued its popularity until the Renaissance when sugar started to replace it as a sweetener.

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re-fashioned – chocolate chocolate crunch cake

May 14, 2015
Chocolate Crunch Cake

  Last week, I mentioned my envy for other’s heirloom recipes, and the desserts of Americana I didn’t know growing up in Asia.

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color me happy – tri-color ginger-orange carrot cake

January 9, 2015
Tri-color Ginger-Orange Carrot Cake

  Happy New Year! I just returned from a 3-week trip to Hong Kong and Malaysia—and came back inspired by the great cuisine of those two countries.  I’ll need to test and experiment before I can present them to you.

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it’s a wrap – pistachio apricot cake w earl grey frosting

December 12, 2014
Pistachio Apricot Cake w Earl Grey Frosting

  As we pack our bags and get organize for our vacation, I want to tie up a few loose ends—such as a list of dessert ideas and inspirations that I wrote down throughout the year. Most have been tested and worked well. Others need a rethink. For my last dessert post of the year, […]

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new brew – pumpkin spice latte cake

November 7, 2014
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

  For many of us, pumpkins are the heart of the fall season, from the decorative carved versions sitting on porches to the spiced, baked creations warming for the Thanksgiving table. And if you need a shot of caffeine, Starbucks has its version . . . which has been available since August.

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wonton past – caramel pear cake w earl grey frosting

October 17, 2014
Caramel Pear Cake w Earl Grey Frosting

  I knew food could trigger memories, but I didn’t understand how deeply it could affect me until I went on a food crawl with food friends in Flushing, NY, the real source of all things Chinese in New York. Chinatown in Manhattan is a sleepy village compared to this vibrant community in Queens.

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healthful of sugar – strawberry lemon cream cake

June 6, 2014
Strawberry Lemon Cream Cake

  Is sugar really bad for you? Some argue that even natural sugar such as honey and maple syrup are still not good for your body. Sugar is sugar, they say, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.

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chain of taste – banana pineapple cake

May 22, 2014
Banana Pineapple Cake

Someone asked me recently how I come up with ideas for my recipes. It’s a deceptively simple question. The trigger could be a single word I’ve just read or heard, a flavor profile I want to explore, or a specific texture I want to achieve. The complicated part is morphing a few vague concepts into […]

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getting the party started – black & white cake

December 6, 2013
Black & White Cake

In Hong Kong, December is all about celebrating with festive Christmas décor—and much of it is over the top. The indoor trees can be stories high, Santa doesn’t just have a throne but a full-size house. For the month, that white grand piano that’s usually in the mall performance space is switched for a bright […]

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taste twerk – butterscotch pumpkin chocolate cake

November 22, 2013
Butterscotch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

For Thanksgiving desserts, the familiar desserts made with pumpkins, sweet potatoes, pecans, cranberries and apples speak the loudest. While I’m the first to go traditional here, it’s also fun to break out and surprise the guests with a little dessert twerk.

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shake it up – pb chocolate banana cake

August 9, 2013
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Cake

Sometimes I find myself going in circles, trying too hard, and eventually getting stuck on an idea that needs further development when maybe I should have completely scrapped it earlier. When I get into that rut, which happens a lot, I draw from my yoga practice: don’t be stubborn, step back, take a breath, and examine […]

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