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Grilled Nutella Sandwich Dusted with Powdered Sugar

Grilled Nutella Sandwich Dusted with Powdered Sugar

Years ago, my friends and I frequented Quartino in Chicago. We would go to this Italian tapas restaurant, usually, right after work. Most of us worked, some lived, in downtown Chicago at that time. So Quartino was a good place in a central location  for a bunch of friends to regroup and replenish. We’d sit at the lively bar … Continue reading

Fried Banana

Fried Banana

Fried banana (in Bahasa Indonesia: pisang goreng), a classic Indonesian snack, comes in many versions. From the very gourmet at trendy restaurants, to the ones sold in bakeries, to the everyday version sold on the streets stacked up against food vendors cart’s glass window, the snack could easily be everyone’s favorite. It is sweet, simple, … Continue reading

Easy Apple Tart

Easy Apple Tart

I love fruit pastry. In fact, a lot of the baking recipes I’ve blogged involve fruits. Jeff and I would have these baked goods for breakfast with our coffee or as a snack with hot tea at night. So when I saw this recipe from Ina Garten, I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s unbelievably … Continue reading

Mini Mascaporne, Hazelnut, and Honey Cup Loaf Cakes

Mini Mascaporne, Hazelnut, and Honey Cup Loaf Cakes

A good and descriptive storytelling could really captivate an audience attention and inspire her to try something new. My friend Leena and I would engage in a food talk once in a while. We’d discuss…well…good food, restaurants and their cuisines, and recipes. Recently, she talked about her favorite cupcakes in such great details that images of … Continue reading

Hazelnut Shortbread with Mascaporne and Blackberries – Venturing into the Baking World

Hazelnut Shortbread with Mascaporne and Blackberries – Venturing into the Baking World

I found and tried another amazing cookie recipe recently. It’s called Hazelnut Shortbread with Mascaporne Frosting and it produces these pretty little cookies with a taste of harmony. The nutty and crumbly hazelnut shortbread is nicely joined by this soft and creamy mascaporne cheese with vanilla beans and sweet and tart blackberries. Simply marvelous. Beautiful recipes, such as … Continue reading

Super Chocolaty Mini Brownies

Super Chocolaty Mini Brownies

Doesn’t Valentine’s Day seem to get bigger each year? I see red and pink flowers, heart-shaped decorations, and of course … chocolate everywhere! Restaurant-review sites rave about best places to celebrate while cooking shows and food blogs suggest special dinner and dessert menus for the holiday. I allow the not-so-subliminal messages to get me into … Continue reading

Easy Fruit Pastry

Easy Fruit Pastry

A foodie friend and I had a conversation about baking a few weeks back. Both he and I are cooking enthusiasts who are reluctant to bake. He suggested that our reluctance could have been caused by a “trust issue” that we had toward the recipe, measurement, or the oven. I theorized that our disinclination to bake was due … Continue reading