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Recipes that include cinnamon

White Chocolate Banana Bread

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lon LOVES bananas and always wants bananas around. The problem is when you buy a bunch, the first one you eat is a little under-ripe, the next few are perfect, and then there’s always some over-ripe left. It would be so wonderful if they sold bananas in bunches with different stages of ripeness. Anyways, so…I’ve made a lot of banana bread over the years and tried tons of different recipes. This White Chocolate Banana Bread, which is a variation of one I posted over four years ago, is the one I always end up coming back to over and over again.

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Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffin

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Perhaps I was subconsciously still thinking of that Pumpkin Cider Cocktail. Consciously, however, it hadn’t occurred to me until completing this pumpkin muffin recipe, tasting the muffins a few times, and even editing the photos, that there are notable similarities, yet important differences. One is a cocktail, perfect for an evening affair. The other, a muffin, perfect to start your morning.

If you like to use seasonal ingredients, pumpkins and apples are going to dominate right now. And you know what?  I don’t mind that at all! These muffins taste like autumn and there’s a comforting feel that comes with that.
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Calabaza and Butternut Squash Soup

Monday, January 3, 2011

I’m extremely proud to serve up this soup as the first recipe of 2011. It’s actually a soup that I made for Thanksgiving, when I decided to work with Calabaza pumpkin for the first time. Being unfamiliar with this pumpkin, though it is not so far off from sugar pumpkins, I didn’t expect to get a winning recipe on the first try. I made the soup intending for it to be a work in progress.

When I served the soup, it got such rave reviews, I quickly tried to jot down notes for what I put in. Luckily, the steps are simple and the soup was easily re-created. I made it again in New Year’s Day for some guests, and again, I received such sweet compliments. Lon reiterated: this is a winning recipe. Why haven’t I posted it? I am. I am…

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Lu Ro Fan (Chopped Pork Belly Rice)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We’ve been on a Taiwanese kick lately. I think it all started when my mom told me that the food court in Flushing Mall had closed. Taiwanese restaurants are already hard to find and now some of the last little booths standing are forever gone. Where will we get our Stinky Tofu (my family loves but I don’t), Oyster Pancakes, Pork Chop Rice, and Taiwanese Ice? When we were kids, we used to go to Lai Food but it changed to 66 Lu’s (Chinese name stayed the same) and it never tasted the same. There was a place in Elmhurst called David’s Taiwanese that also changed it’s name to something like Taiwanese Specialties Corp. It’s still decent but again, not the same.

We were at that restaurant, formerly David’s Taiwanese, and had the Lu Ro Fan. It was so sub par that the next week, my mom insisted on making me a good one. Of course, I did not protest. The secret is having the right mix of lean and fatty pork meat in little chunks, dancing together in a rich sauce that spills over onto the rice. The Pickled Mustard Green Relish is essential for the acid that balances the fatty juices. It is an ultra comforting home-style dish.

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Haroseth Balls

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The delay in posting was due to technical difficulties. Yes, it’s quite technically impossible to overcome food coma, at least for me. Has anyone found a cure? Passover Seder on Monday night and Tuesday night is the probably cause, but I can’t promise to refrain from this dangerous activity. Isn’t there like a morning after pill for over-whelming meat consumption? I guess Korean BBQ for lunch didn’t help. In all seriousness, Passover Seder is full of wonderful foods that are symbolic and carry on the traditions. Without getting into too much detail (which I probably can’t on this subject) Haroseth Balls (sometimes Charoset) represent the mortar used when Jews were enslaved in Egypt.

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Parsnip Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I’m quite fond of fatty meats and root vegetables together. It’s possible that both being winter foods, it becomes a familiar combination. But I’m convinced that it’s more than that. Parsnips, carrots, yams, sweet potato, and more are storage organs for the plant and typically contain more sugars and starches than other vegetables. It just works exceptionally well with fatty meats, standing up to it with more flavor and texture.

I’ve been thinking about parsnips and oxtail for a while, flipping from some kind of ravioli, to a mash, to a terrine, and finally deciding on a Parsnip Gnocchi with a Braised Oxtail Sauce.

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Winter Fruit Tart

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Are you busy but love to entertain? Do you have last minute guests popping in? Do you just like to make everything ahead of time? Do you just love easy desserts? (Do you like to ask questions?) I am so excited to share this dessert if any of those apply to you.

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Rugelach

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rugelach, not to be confused with arugula (a lovely peppery green), is a traditional Jewish pastry. To pronounce correctly, you should sound like you’re coughing up phlegm at the end.

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Rugelach is the perfect thing to make this time of year. First of all, you can use it for Hannukah or Christmas because everyone loves it. You can make a huge batch and bring to both houses like us, one Jewish (sorta), one not. My Chinese family got addicted to rugelach from eating the giant boxes from Costco, which are dangerously good. Secondly, in December, fresh fruits are not very good in New York, so jams, preserves, and dried fruits are what’s in season.

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Vanilla Almond Oatmeal

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I first read about almond milk on Taste Memory, one of our first blogger friends, a long time ago. Wow, time flies. Made from pressed almonds, it’s very natural and doesn’t contain any dairy. Lon is a lactard (lactose-intolerant) but doesn’t like most soy milk, so almond milk has been his go-to with cereal when he’s not eating it dry. It goes particularly well with Honey Bunches of Oats.

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Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I’m so excited to tell you about my Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf. I think I may have come up with a totally new dessert! But I guess I have to admit that this all happened by accident. It’s all because I completely messed up the idea I had, failed horribly, total embarrassment to bakers. I hope none of my old pastry instructors read this blog.

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