rose to the occasion – apple frangipane tart

November 23, 2015
Apple Frangipane Tart

  When M said he wanted a pie—preferable with apples—for his birthday instead of a cake, I was speechless. An apple pie is fine for some occasions, but it’s not the most visually celebratory item. I realized it was his birthday, and he should have his wish. My challenge was to make this pie look […]

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love is – salted caramel apple charlotte

November 12, 2015
Salted Caramel Apple Charlotte

Apples seemed mundane when I grew up with mangos, lychees, papayas, coconuts, and dragon fruit. In Hong Kong, apples are usually included in fruit basket for their color—not their flavor. So, why now do I love apples.

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scary times – caramel pumpkin banana cake

October 28, 2015
Caramel Pumpkin Banana Cake

  When it came to spooky and weird things growing up, ghouls and goblins didn’t scare me much. America did, though, when I first moved away from home.

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happy nut thing – fig pistachio cake w orange cream frosting

August 20, 2015
Fig Pistachio Cake with Orange Cream Frosting

  In Chinese culture, the pistachio is called the happy nut (开心果 kaixinguo). 开 means open, 心 means heart, and 果 means fruit or nut.  开心 also means happy, and it literally describes the way you open a pistachio to eat it. Therefore, 开心果 means happy nut.

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easy peachy – peach almond cake

August 14, 2015
Peach Almond Cake

  Peaches were considered the favorite fruit of the Chinese emperors and were first mentioned in writing dated back to 10th century AD.  The Persians introduced the “Persian apple” to the Romans, and it later made its way to Europe with the help of Alexander the Great.

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my maine thing – blueberry apricot cake w vanilla cream frosting

August 6, 2015
Blueberry Apricot Cake w Vanilla Cream Frosting

  August is supposed to be the last month of summer, but the humidity and heat keeps reminding us that the simmering season is going nowhere fast. The one thing I look forward to in this month is our annual road trip to Maine. It’s a fitting place to celebrate summer with lobster rolls, fried […]

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a parisian in new york – brandied apricot-almond hand pie

July 30, 2015
Brandied Apricot-Almond Hand Pie

  On a gorgeous sunny morning in Paris two weeks ago, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and promptly head to Du Pain et Des Idées for our first Parisian breakfast. It was not an easy task to make a choice among the bounty of fresh pastries and breads.

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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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prunus maximus – cherry almond tart

July 2, 2015
Cherry Almond Tart

Cherries were prized by ancient Chinese royalty and the wealthy. Besides the fruit, cherry wood was believed to ward off evil spirits—even today, Chinese families place cherry branches over their doors on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. Statues carved from the wood stand guard at the front of homes.

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so berry – fresh strawberry cream pie

June 18, 2015
Fresh Strawberry & Cream Pie

  The perfume of strawberries fills the hot afternoon air at the Farmer’s Market. As much I think of them as berries, they aren’t.

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sugar differential – rhubarb almond honey cakes

June 11, 2015
Rhubarb Honey Almond Cakes

  There is a difference between almond paste and marzipan. Marzipan is made from almond paste but with much higher sugar content—and egg whites are sometimes added. It has a smoother texture and is more pliable, easier to roll, and use for molding and decorating.

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