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Orange Hazelnut Cake & Feast Portland 2014!

September 15, 2014

This orange hazelnut cake is a winning combination of flavors in this insanely moist easy-to-make recipe with a lovely nutty texture. I always say that being a food writer, photographer and recipe developer is both a blessing and a curse. The ability to eat tons of fabulous food, photograph gorgeous meals and learn so much […]

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Blackberry Jam Cake, otherwise known as Woodford Pudding

April 28, 2014
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This blackberry jam cake, otherwise known as a Woodford Pudding, is made from scratch but is super easy and served with a fast bourbon butterscotch sauce! I have little to no connection with Kentucky. I’m not a huge fan of the derby, much less horse racing in general. I certainly don’t drink mint juleps (as […]

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Pear Cake with Honey, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

March 17, 2014
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If you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner party dessert, check out this gorgeous upside-down pear cake made with honey, walnuts and optional blue cheese! The winter months can be a bit hard for someone who loves fruit as much as I do. With spring just around the corner and early strawberries starting to appear at […]

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Irish Drunken Cake, a chocolate Guinness cake with Irish whiskey and Irish Cream Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

March 3, 2014
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Inspired by the American boilermaker-like drink made with Guinness, Irish whiskey and Irish Cream named the Irish Car Bomb this impressively rich, moist and densely chocolatey cake is sure to impressive! [Editor's note: Several people have commented that they were offended by the name of this recipe. The drink The Irish Car Bomb is an […]

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Inspirational Quote: Haruki Murakami Quote

November 19, 2013
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf

November 11, 2013
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So are we all tired of pumpkin yet? Last year I found myself dreading November as I felt like everything out there was pumpkin this and pumpkin that. I had absolutely no desire to make anything pumpkin at all, though in the end, I did create a popular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bar with White Chocolate […]

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Gluten Free Cake Recipe – featuring Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch and Vanilla Bean Ombré Cake

September 30, 2013
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“Don’t take this the wrong way, but I will re-plate everything you bring to the party. It’s not you, it’s just a thing I do.” said my friend Sang who was hosting the party. Sang’s a bit particular about how things look, especially when it comes to food. But what else would expect from a […]

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Getting my Baking Groove Back: Peach and Blueberry Coffee Cake

September 2, 2013
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Surprisingly, after I got back from our summer road trip, it took me awhile to get into the kitchen to bake. Sure there’s was the little pesky issue of our refrigerator breaking while we were away for seven weeks that put a damper on baking. The heartbreak of tossing out bricks of Kerrygold butter, INNAjam preserves […]

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake & A Hawaiian Luau

September 22, 2011

An ex-boyfriend of mine, who I rarely think of nowadays, had a fondness for pineapple upside down cake. I made it a few times for him back in the day, and it usually involved canned pineapples rings and those obscenely nuclear red jarred Maraschino cherries. Once we broke up, I pretty much forgot about the […]

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Marble Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

May 26, 2011

My mom’s a pretty darn good cook. But, as with all Chinese mom’s, she rarely, if ever, follows a recipe. Most of the time it’s throwing ingredients into a pot or cutting up ingredients to stir fry. Dash of this, pinch of that, splash of this, sprinkle of that. Magic occurs. But that doesn’t happen […]

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The Sangria Cake, a DIY Desserts event, learning from your mistakes and a note about my Saveur’s Best Food Blog Nomination

May 2, 2011

Last month, at 18 Reasons (a non-profit organization dedicated to the building community through food) I co-hosted the DIY Desserts event with my friend Melanie. DIY Desserts is an evening where bakers from all walks of life (from fancy schmancy pros to down home beginners) bring a dessert that they made centering around themes. April’s […]

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Still thinking of Japan: Matcha Green Tea and Lemon Honey Castella (kasutera) Japanese Sponge Cake

March 17, 2011

I can’t seem to keep Japan off my mind. I imagine that is how it is with most people, despite the trauma fatigue that tends to set in, with day after day of terrible news coming in. The bad news keeps coming in and at some point your mind turns it off. But Japan keeps […]

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Genoise Cake with Boysenberry Filling and Italian Meringue, a DIY Dessert event

February 7, 2011

Once a month, the amazing 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community space affiliated with BiRite Market, holds a DIY Dessert evening where they invite people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to stop by and bring a dessert based on that month’s theme. I’ve been co-hosting the DIY Desserts for the past couple of […]

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Happy Chinese New Year! Rosemary & Vanilla infused Honey Pineapple Cakes

February 3, 2011

February is a special month for AJ and I. No, it’s not our anniversary month, and no it’s not because we love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s because we take the entire month of February off from social obligations. That’s right, we get to actually use the word “No” for a little bit, something AJ […]

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Sweet Cherry Mousse with Ribbon Sponge and Chocolate Ganache, a Daring Baker’s Challenge

January 27, 2011

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve last done a Daring Bakers’ Challenge. For those not in the know, the Daring Bakers’ Challenge is a group of bakers around the world that is challenged to make the same dessert or baked good and post it on the 27th of the month simultaneously. I missed […]

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Rhubarb Berry Steamed Pudding – the Daring Baker’s Challenge, April 2010

April 28, 2010

In a fit of anxiety that I wouldn’t have anything to blog about (apparently that’s not an issue as I seem to have a backlog of posts that I’m trying to catch up on) I joined the Daring Kitchen group Daring Baker’s Challenge. For those not in the know, they challenge everyone in the group to bake the same thing and then post simultaneously the results of the baking on the 27th of the month. The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

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Olive You! A Mediterranean Citrus Olive Oil Cake

April 7, 2010

One of the first times my friend Megan came to our dessert party she told me she loved everything I made but raved specifically about the Mediterranean Citrus Olive Oil Cake I had made. So when we recently had our friends Megan and Erik and their adorable child Brady over to our place a week or so ago, she requested it for dinner again. She wasn’t the only one, as it’s probably the one dessert that we don’t have leftovers of in our vast sea of desserts – which is all the more impressive as I usually make it gluten free for a few of my gluten/wheat sensitive friends (ok, I really only have one good friend who is wheat allergic, but it just gives me an excuse to play with flours that I normally wouldn’t play with – thereby expanding my baking palette).

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