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Baking Cookies is So Much Fun Recipe

Baking Cookies is So Much Fun

09.12.14 by Jackie

I love baking cookies. I find it so therapeutic. I think what I enjoy most is the simple thrill of watching the person I baked the cookies for enjoying them.

The reason I haven't published any recipe for the last few days is because I've been a busy bee, traveling to  Los Angeles for a press day. If you follow the blog, you probably know I finished filming the pilot of my first cooking series. I'm so excited! I'll tell you more about the events I attended soon.

At this moment, I'm still in LA, waiting for my batch of signature cookies (the ones flavored with pandan). But for now, I wanted to share some of the cookies I've prepared over the years. Enjoy!


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Back-to-School Dessert Suggestions Recipe

Even though school started a week ago, Aria is having a hard time adjusting to this new transition in her life. She is beginning to understand the emotions she's feeling but still has very little control over them. Every time I drop her off in the morning, she sobs uncontrollably because she wants to "stay and play with Maman Kiki," and that is hard to watch. She's the only child who sheds tears in the morning now; it's somehow embarrassing! On the other hand, I've noticed she asks to dress herself and puts her shoes on by herself now. After a few days at school, she's already tending to be more independent. We encourage her and try to make preschool a very positive experience. 

As a new mom, I try to come up with new ideas when I pick her up from school. On the first day, I showed up with a giant "smiley face" helium balloon, I also bought new Dr, Seuss books and took her to her favorite book store afterward. But her favorite of all is the snack / desserts I prepare for her. I made a list of the treats and I hope this inspires you to create a similar dish if your child experiences the same reactions as my little Aria. Have a wonderful weekend!


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Vegan Panna Cotta Recipe Recipe

Vegan Panna Cotta Recipe

08.29.14 by Jackie

Panna cotta is a dessert we often ate during our Italian vacation last month. It consists of a combination of cream, milk, sugar and gelatin, which is the key ingredient for binding and thickening the dessert. My husband Lulu, who's a vegetarian, is still on a diet and has been working hard to shed the last few pounds, so I prepared my own version to suit his dietary needs.

Agar agar (made from seaweed) is a great vegan substitute for gelatin. I used hazelnut milk to replace the cream and milk and Manuka honey as the sweetener. 

To give an appealing look to the dessert, I served it with red currants ("Corinthes rouges" in French) for a striking contrast in color. The reasoning behind the hazelnut milk is that historically, panna cotta was eaten with fruit and hazelnuts. 


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Chocolate Blueberry Sable Cookie Recipe Recipe

Sablés are probably one of my favorite cookies. These crumbly cookies hail from France's Normandy region. They're sometimes served with fruit preserves or covered with chocolate, so I thought I'd combine the two and create this unique version with coarsely chopped Belgian chocolate and fresh blueberries.

The crisp, tender, crumbly and lightly sweetened cookies were so delicious the entire family wondered why I didn't bake more. So to fill this temporary void in our lives, I baked a second batch! Mission accomplished. 


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Apricot Dessert Cup Recipe Recipe

Apricot Dessert Cup Recipe

08.01.14 by Jackie

Growing your own fruit is such a blessing. Really the only inconvenience is when the birds beat you to the harvest. Our solution this year is our new puppy, Earnest Tofu. In addition to having our friendly family pet who's a wonderful deterrent for birds, squirrels and pests, we're able to pick the fruits when they're not fully ripened from the tree.  For optimum flavor, we speed up the process by placing them in a paper bag with a banana and an apple. Then every day I check their status; it takes patience to get to eat the most delicious fruits!

I was recently able to gather many apricots, so I made my favorite dessert to serve at our dinner social: dessert cups. I used chocolate rum sauce between layers of gingersnap cookies and apricot custard. 

Ernest
Our newest addition to the family (this was taken back in March). Earnest Tofu was named after Oscar Wilde's comedy (one of our family's favorites) and "Tofu" because most of our family members (except for baby Aria and me) are vegetarian!


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