Category Archives: Traditional with a Twist

Pecan Brown Sugar Cookies: A Nod to the King Cake

A few Februaries ago, we received an unusual delivery at the office: a giant, ring-shaped cake opulently decorated with both icing and colored sugar (yellow, green, and purple). On the side, there were a few strands of Mardi Gras beads … Continue reading

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Passion Fruit Bites

I was still daydreaming of the scrumptious passion fruit cheesecake I’d savored on a magical vacation, when I received an unexpected message from a friendly fellow foodie recently: “Hey girl, I have passion fruits with your name on them… Interested?” … Continue reading

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Creamy Lychee Butter

I recently had the honor of making desserts for the release party of an extraordinary new line of teas. I was asked to create four different bite-sized desserts, incorporating a different tea into each batch. When I was given samples, … Continue reading

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Smoky Coconut Caramels [Vegan]

I recently whipped up a batch of my hearty mac & cheese, complete with a buttery roux, three kinds of cheese, and toasty breadcrumbs on top. When gathering the ingredients, I happened to pass the smoked paprika in the spice … Continue reading

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Nutty Orange Poundcake Bites with Jack Cheese

My recent weeks have been jam-packed with budgets, hospitals, and notaries — and you know what? All this adulthood has me daydreaming of simpler times. Believe me, I don’t want to go backward, and I’m ever thankful for my life … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pomegranate Cheesecake with a Curious Crust

As corny as it sounds, I recently wished a friend “a pomegranate week: healthy, vibrant, sweet!” While I’ve long hoped to celebrate their qualities in the form of a new dessert, the pomegranate harvest comes along and I find myself … Continue reading

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Whiskey Fig Browned Butter Bars

I’ve always felt that a good, ripe fig is like a little scoop of jam in its own bite-sized pouch. So when fig season arrives, I enjoy lots of them unadorned and I gleefully accept their sweetness as a timely … Continue reading

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