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Recipes that include vanilla extract

My Black & White Cookies

Thursday, January 7, 2010

You may be thinking that this does not look exactly like the Black & White Cookie you just bought at the deli/bakery/bagel shop. You are right. I’ve changed this long time classic.

bitten black & white cookie 8

You see, I made classic Black & White Cookies from Carole Walter’s Great Cookies book. These big waist busting beauties were very good. I love the lemon oil that brightens and lightens the simplicity of vanilla and chocolate. But, the best part is the middle. I tend to like the thicker parts and not the thinner edges. I like that these are cakey cookies.

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Pancake Inspired Cupcakes: Banana Nut

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One of my favorite childhood memories was going to IHOP (International House of Pancakes) with my family. My mom and I both loved Banana Nut Pancakes (which I don’t see on their menu anymore these days but you can ask for it). For some reason, as a 6 year-old, I thought I was cooler than my brother, just for the sheer reason that I had the same favorite pancakes as my mom. I would share a giant stack with my mom, smiling all the way through the meal, because I just knew my mom liked me more. Yup, purely because my brother would order something else.

Maple Cupcakes with Whipped Cream, Bananas, and Pecans 2

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Double Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

Friday, November 20, 2009

It was another day for experimenting, and again, things did not come out quite as expected, but just like the Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf (which I hope to be famous for one day), these cupcakes were a hit, and will remain in my repertoire.

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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.

Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf 7

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Mini Refugiado: Guava Cheese Pastry

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One of our favorite stops in Los Angeles was Porto’s Bakery. Everything was fresh and delicious at shockingly low prices. I’m dreaming about them expanding to New York one day but I know that’s a long shot so I may have to recreate some of their treats for myself. One of the pastries we enjoyed was a flaky and buttery pastry with a guava and cream cheese filling. They called it the Refugiado, but I’m not sure why it’s called the Refugee. (Hey Latino friends, holla if you know. ) Those layer-y doughs are a lot of work for home bakers and so is the idea of getting fresh guava to make a jam or preserve for yourself. Don’t worry, I came up with an easier alternative.

Guava Cheese Pastries lined up 4

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Blackberry Oatmeal Cookie Muffins

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When I made the Cherry Almond Cookie Pies, JP asked if I could make a version without nuts for his nephew. Well, since JP is partially responsible for how Lon and I met, the least I could do was design a recipe for him. See JP was one of the first people I met in college, the second person on the first day of school, to be exact. Fast forward to after graduation, JP works with a cool gal named Resa. Resa is Kasi’s bestfriend. Kasi is Lon’s sister. Got it?

Bitten Blackberry Oatmeal Cookie Pie 4

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Dungeness Crab with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Monday, October 19, 2009

If you’re wondering where Lon has been, he’s still here. We’re still happily married and he’s still the tech support, web designer, and general problem solver. He hasn’t written much lately because work has been demanding, and one of us has to get paid in money. He’s usually gone before I wake up and he gets home around 8pm, and I’ll have dinner ready on the table. Of course, I understand that he’s tired but I do miss his cooking.

Dungeness Crab 2

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Beet Chocolate Cupcakes

Friday, September 25, 2009

Remember when I was so so sad that I couldn’t eat the gorgeous Red Velvet Cake that Lon made (because I’m allergic to artificial food coloring)? Well, I still can’t eat Red Velvet Cake, but I’m still researching into a way to make it red without artificial food coloring. King Arthur is now selling some natural food coloring and one of them is red/pink, but the reviews warn that it’s only able to do pink, so it probably won’t be able to over-power the brown of the chocolate. There was some talk of beets, perhaps the original Red Velvet Cake (many different theories), but they seem to loose their color when cooked or mixed with baking powder or baking soda. So, no solution for making me a good Red Velvet Cake yet, but this beautiful Beet Cake at Straight From the Farm inspired me to make Beet Chocolate Cupcakes.

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Peaches ‘N Cream Pie

Monday, September 21, 2009

Peaches N' Cream Pie 4*Some new photos were added on 9/20/13

There’s a couple of things that lead to the making of this pie. One, I’ve been wanting one of those ceramic deep dish pie plates for a long time, the ones with the ruffled edges. They look so modern country, new yet classic. Unfortunately, it was $44 at Williams Sonoma so I tried to forget that adorable pie plate. Months later, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw one for $3 at TJ Max. No choice in color, but red will do for $3. I couldn’t wait to use it. (TJ Max does not have a consistent product line so you may not find this pie plate but they have great prices on kitchen stuff. You’ll find something.)

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Mini Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mini Matcha Cupcake 3

You may remember the Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes I made in November of last year. I gave a batch to my friend Sara for her birthday and she shared some with a co-worker, Jean. Jean loved the cupcakes so Sara asked me to make some for Jean on her birthday. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than people enjoying my food so of course I said yes. As I made these cupcakes, I was debating whether or not to post the recipe again. After all, it’s the same recipe, just cut in half. But, I decided that I have a few helpful tips to add so I’m posting. Plus, this is one of my most popular recipes and it’s so easy to make. I hope you make these for your best friend on their birthday.

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