an irregular coconut chocolate chip cookie life lesson

  “There is beauty and clarity that comes from SIMPLICITY that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.” The mantra of this post. My obsession for food is innate, but my passion for photographing its beauty is a developing talent. My journey of food photography and blogging began in January 2015,…

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Spiced Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Valentines Day is around the corner and indulging in creamy bittersweet chocolate is the best option. These no trouble Truffles will knock the socks off of your Valentine… and maybe even their pants? Each decadent morsel is coated with spices like Madras Curry, Chinese Five-Spice, Cardamom and Clove. Intrigued? Read on for the recipe.  …

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Coffee Macarons with Maple Bacon Cream

  Imagine the perfect complete breakfast. Rich creamy coffee. Pancakes doused in maple syrup. Crackling bacon piled high. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Now you can get all those flavors in one satisfying bite. I present the Coffee Macaron with Maple Bacon Cream! Read on for the recipe and tips on how make these…

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Peach and Basil Almond Shortcake

This Peach and Basil Almond Shortcake is moist and tender, trumping the classic (bland) Bisquick recipe. By whipping up a few essential baking ingredients, like flour, sugar and buttermilk, you’ll have a summer classic with a twist. Peaches and basil harmonize to create an ideal dessert for all ages. Good bye strawberry shortcake and hello…

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Grilled Peaches & Mixed Berries with Honey Cream

Once the humid weather strikes, you immediately tuck your pie recipes away for safe keeping. I mean come on, heavy comfort desserts hinder your beach-body, making you sluggish. These Grilled Peaches and Mixed Berries, drizzled in honey cream, are the perfect weeknight dessert. This 5-minute fruit blessing appeals to your sweet tooth, while keeping you…

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Fresh Fruit Tart with Basil Pastry Cream & Fig Glaze

It’s Spring Time! Fresh fruit is abundant and you are looking for a chic dessert to bring to your next Backyard Bash. This is it! Impress your fabulous friends or snobby neighbors with this Fresh Fruit Tart with Basil Pastry Cream and Fig Glaze. Sounds fancy.  Looks frilly.  But this dessert is a cinch to…

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Banana Bread with Browned Butter Mascarpone Frosting

This classic Banana Bread recipe would turn out just as moist and supple if it was baked in a traditional bread loaf pan. But come on, these little stacked sweeties look as spectacular as they taste. Baked to perfection, three mini-round Banana Breads are separated by layers of sweet Browned-Butter Mascarpone Frosting and topped with…

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Torta al Vino Bianco & Poached Pears

Torta al Vino Bianco is Italian for Cake with White Wine. You can absolutely pair a glass of sweet wine with this decadent dessert, yet the translation refers to white wine being incorporated into the cake batter. Curve your chocolate craving with this wine infused cocoa cake, drenched in homemade chocolate ganache and cloaked with…

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Candied Clementines

Ah, Candied Clementines. Sweet, vibrant, simple. Sticky too! My latest obsession in food photography has been moody pictures. Not grumpy photos, but those dark ominous settings that make you scrutinize every angle. The type of photography where the textures and props are murky, while enticing food lurks in the shadows. This pecan and cinnamon cake…

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Clementine and Mascarpone Tart in Gingersnap Crust

This Clementine and Mascarpone Tart bursts with notes of fresh citrus from orange zest and marmalade glaze. The creamy, light and buttery mascarpone mixture is encrusted in a zingy gingersnap crust.  So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s gab as we nibble. If you read my previous post with the…

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Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Bread pudding is the comfort food of desserts. Warm and creamy custard moistens stale bread and is served with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce. You won’t regret the calories! My mom came to visit this weekend, which means we will not be leaving the kitchen. Growing up, it was just me and mom. Every…

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Coconut Crème Brûlée with Caramel Lace

Crème brûlée, a decadently-rich dessert encrusted with brittle caramelized sugar. This indulgent custard literally means “burnt cream”. Its elegant flavor and tantalizing appeal may entice you to order it while dining out, but intimidate you to make it at home. Do not be afraid, to my surprise, the ingredients were common and the cooking method was…

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