Desserts Recipes

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Chocolate Sweets for your Valentines Recipe

In my opinion, your Valentine's essentials consist of anything with chocolate. Here's a selection of my favorite cupcakes, cookies and other romantic desserts for your sweetie. 

A DIY gift will not only please your Valentine but I think it will come from the heart and show your appreciation for him/her. Plus, you can enjoy the results of your labor as well, feeding each other! Hope this helps you prepare the most magical, memorable Valentine's Day!


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Cocoa Carrot and Earl Grey Cupcakes Recipe

Sometimes I'm inspired by a fabulous meal at a restaurant, a dish on tv, or something that a friend whips up. Other times, like today, I find ingredients in front of me that I have to put to use. This recipe definitely falls into the latter category. I was determined to use the shredded carrots that remained from my morning freshly-pressed carrot juice. I decided to combine them with cocoa and Earl Grey tea and make earthy, complex cupcakes.

I think the combination worked beautifully. My husband Lulu loves tea so I wanted to incorporate this ingredient in the sweets. I used it as the icing of mini-cupcakes.

Cooking is an expression of love, so it doesn't matter how elaborate your dish is or how many hours you devote to it, what's really important is the matter in which you prepare it. Put your heart and soul into cooking, and I guarantee you that those who will enjoy the product of your efforts will appreciate it.


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Xoi Vo Recipe (Coconut Sticky Rice with Mung Beans) Recipe

First of all, chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year of the Horse!). A new, fabulous year is beginning, and to celebrate, I started the day very early this morning wrapping and rolling a lot of vegetarian eggrolls to ring in the New Year! I also prepared xôi vò, which is a popular Vietnamese snack consisting of coconut milk sticky rice and mung beans. Cậu Hoà (my uncle) is going to be stopping by today and I plan on serving this to him with green tea. It's his favorite.

Xôi vò is a very simple, easy snack to prepare. Simply soak mung beans (hulled and split yellow beans) and sticky rice separately ahead of time, then cook and steam the pandan-scented rice, coconut milk and a sprinkle of sugar. That's it. If you're Asian, you know how lightly sweetened Asian desserts are. If you're like my husband, "lightly sweet" is an understatement and you probably won't call this a dessert. Again, I guess it's a cultural thing. If you’re tasting xôi vò for the first time, consider it a nutritious, fragrant snack with a light hint of sweetness that pairs wonderfully with tea. 


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Passion Fruit Parfait Recipe Recipe

Passion Fruit Parfait Recipe

01.24.14 by Jackie

After my cousin Tri, whose wonderful neighbor owns several passion fruit trees, gathered a large basket of the fruit, I couldn't help but imagine the most delicious, exotic and romantic dessert. I figured chocolate was the perfect flavor pairing for this dessert cup, so I created chocolate and passion fruit parfait. Not only is the dessert decadent and delicious, nothing has to go to waste. I used the egg whites that weren't used in the custard and made tuile cookies.

I prepared these fancy desserts for a dinner social we're hosting this week, but I think they would be the perfect way to end a romantic meal. Remember, Valentine's Day isn't very far away!

Passion Fruit Desssert Recipe with Picture


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Pineapple Carrot Cake Recipe Recipe

Pineapple Carrot Cake Recipe

01.10.14 by Jackie

Since the New Year, I took our juicer out and it's been sitting on the counter so we can have freshly-made juice every day. Today I extracted juice from carrots, and since I hate wasting, I used the carrot shreds and baked a cake.

To ensure the cake was moist, I added crushed pineapple (I regularly cut whole fresh pineapple as a snack) and used creme fraiche that my friend Steve from the Milk Pail in Mountain View gave us. Steve just introduced me to a new product his friend Warren from Snowville Creamery from Ohio sent over. It’s amazing! If you’re in the Bay Area, definitely take some time to visit the Milk Pail and try out some of the unique products only they carry.


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