Category Archives for "Recipes you’ve gotta try"

Aug 27

Color Palette: Radishes

I love this picture!  It’s like these radishes are on stage waiting to perform a show, which is exactly the way I took it to be at the Farmer’s Market the other day. I’ve been pretty obsessed with radishes this summer. I never used to like them much but as a kid I remember my dad loving them and this summer I now know why. They are delicious! Oh my gosh: in salads, in marinades, grilled, raw, etc… I absolutely love them, and how can you beat this color palette?! Seriously – if you’re a pink lover this is your veg!  Need some recipe inspiration? Check out Real Simple’s 13 Tasty Radishes recipes.

As we watch summer slowly depart I highly recommend you grab a bunch of these beauties while they’re still plentiful next time you’re at the market. You won’t regret it.

All my Pink Rose & Purple Passionista Friends – this color palette is for you.

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Apr 28

Color Palette: Blood Orange

I’m pretty obsessed with blood oranges; their colors are spectacular and their flavor is sublime. heart

For an amazing springtime & summer treat try picking up some blood oranges to make a sorbet. Lately I’ve gotten in to making fresh berry and citrus sorbets (with and without an ice cream maker) and I am loving using the formula by BusyInBrooklyn to make just about any combo you can dream up! Have fun and enjoy the sweetness!

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Feb 05

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Year of the Monkey

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If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know how much I love celebrating Chinese New Year. Monday 2/8/16 – starts the Year of the Monkey. This can be somewhat of a precarious and wacky year in the Zodiac if you read the forecasts, but it can also bring along amazing surprises and exciting new adventures. 

As a treat I put together for you a Hong Pao Envelope template. Just click on the image below and print, cut and assemble, fill the finished Hong Pao with money and give to someone you love with wishes for Good Luck and Prosperity!

Have fun!  

Oh, and if you want something yummy to fix for dinner on the big day here is the recipe for  Tao Tao Chicken Salad.  It’s AHHHH-MAZING ~ (Thank you to my Mother in law for introducing my family and I to it!)

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Sep 11

A Sweet Treat from Me to You!

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I’m celebrating my birthday week (yes – I said “week”) by kicking it off with a fun recipe share of my new favorite cocktail – the Guava Margarita!

It is the absolute perfect remedy for a hot day!

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Feb 18

Gun Hay Fat Choy! Year of the Goat

Gun Hay Fat Choy!  Happy New Year!KPD-2015-Year-of-the-Goat

This is the start of the ‘Year of the Goat’, but when I went to research predictions for this year I came across a heated debate that must arise every time the ‘Year of the Goat’ rolls around.  That debate is whether this is truly the ‘Year of the Goat’ or if it is the ‘Year of the Sheep’ or the ‘Year of the Ram’. I’ve seen and read all of these options listed, but the ‘Year of the Goat’ seems to be holding the strongest. That could vary depending upon who you speak with, though, so I don’t mean to offend anyone if your heart is set on this being the Year of the Sheep or Ram.  If you’d like to read a little more about this grand debate over which animal gets to have the honor this year, click HERE.

No matter which animal you chose there are a lot of fun websites for you to go to if you’d like to read more about your particular forecast for this upcoming New Year. Click HERE for some good personalized info; all you have to do is select from the left panel your particular animal that represents the year you were born and you will be able to read your forecast.

Enjoy and have fun!  Be cheerful during the day so that the happy energy you create through your joy rolls on throughout the rest of the year. It’s a good excuse to not let the stress of the world get you down.

OH!  One more thing! I traveled with my family to San Francisco this past weekend and while en route we stopped at Tao Tao in Sunnyvale to have their famous Chinese Chicken Salad.  Oh my gosh – I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. I found the recipe online and I will be making it for New Years dinner. It’s absolutely unbelievable! Click HERE for the recipe.

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Sep 09

BEST EVER Lemon Bars!

 

OH BOY are these amazing!  If you’ve got a lot of lemons to use this is a great recipe for you. Enjoy!

For a Printable Copy click HERE

(oops! I found a typo in the first recipe, this link is the corrected one)

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Mar 02

Happy “Academy Awards” Day!

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My friend made me these cookies, simply called “THE ONLY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE I WILL EVER NEED TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE”, and that is saying it mildly. I decided that there is no better time to partake in these supremely yummy cookies then on my favorite day of the year … Academy Awards night!  

Click HERE for the recipe.

You’re welcome 

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Jun 27

Tutu’s Butterscotch Frosting

Tutu's-Butterscotch-frostingJust in time for the 4th of July, and in honor of my fabulous husband, Mark’s, birthday – I wanted to share with you our family’s coveted Butterscotch Frosting recipe.  Above is the actual recipe card Mark’s Grandmother, Pearl (or Tutu as we knew her, meaning Grandmother in Hawaiian), gave to me years ago. This recipe is amazing and OH SO sweet!  My favorite way to fix this cake (and who am I kidding the “cake” is just a vehicle for the frosting) is to prepare a simple white cake (I use a box mix) and prepare as suggested, let cool and then slice in half thickness-wise.  Add a layer of softened vanilla ice-cream to the center, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze.  Once the cake is frozen make the frosting and pour on top, re-cover with plastic wrap, and re-freeze.  When you’re ready to serve let it sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes before you try to cut into it. It’s the absolute BEST ice-cream cake you’ve ever had! And my rule is that on birthdays there are no calories – so if it’s your big day then go for seconds!

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In case you can’t read Tutu’s writing click on the link below to print it out.  Enjoy!

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