Posts Tagged ‘Vanilla’
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
A while ago when my friend brought me back wood apples from Sri Lanka, she also brought me another sweet treat: pineapple!
If you’ve never had Sri Lankan pineapple, it is surprisingly quite different from Hawaiian pineapple. Fresh, ripe Sri Lankan pineapple is sweeter and has a deeper pineapple flavor than Hawaiian pineapple. Sri Lankan pineapple still has the pleasant sweet/sour taste that Hawaiian pineapple has, but with less of a tart tang and more of a sweet, natural concentrated pineapple flavor. (more…)
Friday, May 2nd, 2014
When I was younger, I hated any and all lemon-flavored desserts with a passion. Lemon bars, lemon meltaway cookies, and even lemon meringue pie were all on my list.
(But oddly enough, I was a big fan of super sour lemon-flavored WarHeads candy – does anyone else remember those? Incidentally, I consider this proof positive that there is no rhyme or reason to kids’ tastes.) (more…)
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Some things drive you completely wild with desire as they cook.
Any recipe that starts out with sautéed onion and garlic.
Chocolate chip cookies.
And I can say with confidence that this recipe should be added to the list. (more…)
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
I have been sitting on this recipe for like a year now.
A while ago (long before Mike and I moved to Kuwait), I was
rumaging through cleaning my pantry and came across a gigantic box of nonfat instant powdered milk way in the back. Don’t ask.
I was almost hoping it would be past its expiration date so I wouldn’t have to think of some way to use it, but alas, fate had other plans for me. (more…)
Friday, November 15th, 2013
I’m one of those people.
You know, the people who get an idea stuck in their head and can’t sit still until it’s not just an idea anymore. I need something tangible to come from it.
Like the time I woke up with the idea of snack cake stuck in my head. It didn’t take long before my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake came into fruition.
Unlike that cake, these little hand-held treats took a bit more thought. All I knew was that “hand pie” was stuck in my head like glue and the idea wasn’t going anywhere until they were made. (more…)
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Beautiful buttery-golden pound cake, faintly flavored with vanilla and almond, is the perfect summer dessert.
It’s simple and pretty, not to mention it’s a fantastic vessel for topping with some of summer’s beautiful bounty: fresh strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, or cherries. (more…)
Friday, March 8th, 2013
This drink is incredibly rich; if you’ve ever had a European hot chocolate, the thickness of this drink will probably remind you of that. But hot chocolate wasn’t my inspiration…I had sahlab in mind! (more…)
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Last weekend I had big plans for the gigantic bag of organic lemons that had taken up residence on the bottom shelf of my fridge. Pushing thoughts of lemon bars, lemon curd, candied lemon peel, lemon sorbet, and lemon pie out of my head, I decided on lemon marmalade.
Since the title of this post wasn’t “Lemon Marmalade” you can probably guess that something went wrong along the way. (more…)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Today’s recipe for my 7 Days of Festive Holiday Treats is something that is perfect for gifting. It’s quite unique – give a festively wrapped jar of this syrup to a friend, then watch them read the label and their eyes light up as they exclaim Oooh, what is this?!
The fact that it is as easy to make is it is exotic-sounding will be our little secret though. (more…)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
I have always loved tea parties.
I remember being a little girl and playing make-believe tea time with my best dolls arranged around a little table. I’d wear a hat, gloves, dress, and high-heeled shoes spirited away from my mom’s closet…and of course I always gracefully (haha!) tripped all over the place because of the shoes and too long dress. I only served water and crackers, but with a very proper (at least to my five year old ears) British accent, it always felt nothing short of elegant. (more…)