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Not Your Average Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookie (brown butter chocolate chip cookies)

November 10, 2011

“If you have time, would it be possible for you to whip up a dessert for my birthday?” asked my friend Glenn. Normally I would automatically answer “Of course!” but Glenn was celebrating a “milestone” birthday by throwing a big weekend getaway event down in Monterey, completely with a dinner banquet. I was concerned that […]

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Gluten Free Caramelized Cornflake Lemon Poppyseed Cookies and weekend with food bloggers but not making food

November 7, 2011

It’s been one of those weeks. I went to two different conferences, back to back. All day Thursday, as well as the morning and early afternoon of Friday, I attended the awesome Dieline Package Design Forum. Then from 5pm to 10pm on Friday (yep, I only got a 3 hour break in-between) as well as […]

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Rum Soaked Tropical Fruit Oatmeal Cookies and hanging out at Little Beach in Maui

August 4, 2011

AJ and I spent most of the first week of our time in Maui on the beach. Specifically a beach nicknamed “Little Beach” – over the rock on the north side of Big Beach. As it’s name implies, it’s a small little beach, removed from the typical family friendly beaches strewn throughout Maui, and that […]

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The All American Classic Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie and Gay Pride

June 20, 2011

I rarely talk directly about being gay on this blog. Sure, I talk about my partner AJ all the time, and if you happen to read this blog on a regular basis, you might remember me participating in the gay pride parade last year. But I almost never talk specifically about me being gay because […]

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Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Chip Jumbo Cookie and a SF Food Blogger’s Bake Sale Recap

June 16, 2011

I’ve written about the San Francisco Food Blogger’s Bake Sale back in May before the event, but I never did have a chance to write about the fact that our little community bake sale here in San Francisco made $2500! That’s a whole lot of cash from some cookies and brownies (and cakes and pies […]

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Chip Jumbo Cookie and the SF Food Swap

June 13, 2011

A couple of months ago, my friend Azmina forwarded me a New York Times article about this crazy new party trend called “Food Swaps” happening all over the country (okay, maybe just in hipster places like Austin, Brooklyn and Portland but still). Azmina had asked me if I knew of one happening in San Francisco, […]

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The Thermador Steamy Soiree and Chocolate Toffee Oatmeal Whole Grain Cookies

June 9, 2011

Steamy Soiree. What naughty images does that invoke in your mind? How about a gathering of fantastic fabulous food bloggers to eat and talk about food? I recently was flown out by Thermador to Scottsdale, Arizona to meet other bloggers, talk food and learn a little bit about the Thermador brand and witness the unveiling […]

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Marbled Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese Chewy Cookies: available at the San Francisco Food Blogger Bake Sale

May 12, 2011

So you may be wondering what I’m actually baking for the San Francisco Food Blogger Bake sale this coming Saturday. Hmm. That’s a good question. And normally I’m someone who pulls something out of thin air at the very last minute, totally making something the day before (or the day of if I can get […]

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Guilt Free Graham Crackers with whole grain unprocessed ingredients

April 21, 2011

Growing up, my partner AJ had a mild obsession with graham crackers. Well, specifically graham cracker dipped in chocolate frosting. It was a snack that his mother seemed to encourage and I can only mentally picture a child AJ taking the brown crumbly cracker and scooping and smearing generous dollops of frosting from a betty […]

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Pennsylvania Dutch Soft Cookies and a nostalgia for a childhood I only read about

April 14, 2011

Growing up I had a slight fascination with other “outsider” cultures. Perhaps it was because I was Asian, or “Oriental” as they referred to it back then, living in the Midwest surrounded by white people. I have specific memories of asking the one other oriental girl in my grade school if she spoke Chinese at […]

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Double Mac Attack, Double Dates, and a Double Recipe for Fauxreos™ (Faux Oreos) – vanilla bean and Mexican spicy mole

March 11, 2011

Let’s talk seeing double for a little bit. Last month AJ and I had scored tickets to the SF Food Wars Return of the Mac and Cheese and it was awesome. The second mac and cheese competition that SF Food Wars had, and more mac and cheese than you can shake a fist at: 16 […]

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Double Chocolate Dried Cherry and Toffee Bit Cookies – a Double Booked Day

February 10, 2011

As we quickly U-turned and drove up to the café, AJ and I silently cheered that we found a perfect spot to parallel park, a mere two cars down from the café entryway (it’s the little things in life). We had been invited to Gigi’s 1st year birthday party. Gigi is the daughter of our friends, […]

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Pain d’Épice Cookies for 18 Reasons Holiday Cookie Swap!

December 24, 2010

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I attended a couple of cookie swaps during the holiday season. In truth, I not only attended one, but also help volunteer/host another one at 18 Reasons, a community space run by the Bi-Rite Market earlier this month. It was their DIY Dessert night, a monthly event […]

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Ginger Molasses Spice Cookies and My Sister’s Wedding

December 16, 2010

My sister Natatia got married a couple of months ago. It’s still hard for me to think of her as married, but there it was on her Facebook page with a different last name staring at me when I logged in the week afterwards. My sister is four years younger than me (and my brother […]

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Honey Lemon Ginger Molasses Marble Cookies for a Cookie Swap with Food Bloggers!

December 12, 2010

It’s the holiday season and that means cookies! Insane amount of cookies! All you need to do is look around the web and see that cookies are what’s on everyone’s mind, with the holidays coming up. I’m a little behind on the obligatory cookie post, but don’t fear, there will be many cookie posts coming up as I’ve been to a couple of cookie swaps recently. The one that my friend Annelies hosted, had me developing (at the last minute) these Honey Lemon Ginger Molasses Marble Cookies, which I have to say, I’m pretty proud of.

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Gluten Free Snickerdoodles – The Very First Thing I Ever Baked Redux

June 25, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, Shauna over at Gluten Free Girl sent out a tweet asking her followers what their first thing they ever cooked was. It morphed into a mass blog posting event (if you haven’t read her post, go there now, and then scroll down to her list of other bloggers who wrote about their first food making experience) with some fantastic reading of everyone’s walk down memory lane. I posted about my snickerdoodles and how I feel in love with the magic of backing in response, but I felt slightly guilty about it because I wanted to make the snickerdoodles the way they were, AND make a version of them gluten free – not only because Shauna inspired the post, but I figured there would be a few readers asking for it, bouncing over here from her site.

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Snickerdoodles: The Very First Thing I Ever Baked

June 14, 2010

The fabulous Shauna over at Gluten Free Girl sent out a tweet last week asking everyone what the first thing they ever cooked was. I immediately thought of the simple basic snickerdoodle. Some people love it, some people find it boring and some people have never heard of it. For me though, it’s ripe with history and nostalgia…because it’s the first thing I ever learn to bake.

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