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Strawberry Cointreau Shortcake Cups Recipe

Strawberry Cointreau Shortcake Cups

05.26.15 by Jackie

My uncle, Cậu Bảy, is visiting us for a few months from Vietnam. He absolutely loves strawberries because they're not available in Vietnam and if they are, they're extremely expensive. I've planted strawberries in our garden but not enough to satisfy his cravings. He really enjoys the Farmers' market and we bought lots and lots of his favorite fruit over Memorial Day weekend.

I transformed a few into delicious strawberry dessert cups flavored with Cointreau. The cups consisted of shortcake, mousse, Cointreau-flavored custard strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Strawberry Cointreau Cup Dessert Recipe with Picture


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Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce Recipe

Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

03.28.15 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been reminding me incessantly about picking the Meyer lemons from our trees. I made a mental note but found my mind wandering and ignored his many warnings. And what he expected would happen eventually happened. The heavy weight from the lemons has completely broken and split in half our beautiful tree. It took a lot of time to heal the wound by trimming and smoothing the damaged wood to avoid and seal out excess moisture. I had to remove the tree bark by cutting a diamond shape around the wound to help it to stay dry and prevent any decay or disease. I spent so much time on the tree and had to make so many trips to the hardware store, I wish I had picked the lemons sooner!

Seeing the severely damaged limb broke my heart, and I was also left with tons of Meyer lemons. I finally prepared many jars of lemon curd and turned a few into mousse. The result was these beautiful lemon parfait cups. I jazzed them up with blueberry chocolate Amaretto sauce. In the end, I'm glad I undertook this epic challenge; it was a great opportunity to turn it into something positive.


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Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes

02.13.15 by Jackie

This year, with little Aria attending preschool, the ideas about love have drastically changed and are far from the stuff of romantic comedies. I was talking about it with a girlfriend who has toddlers too. She was telling me that after having a 3-year-old and 4 month old, her husband agreed to get a toaster oven and she would get a vacuum for their Valentine's Day gifts. And now our preparations for Valentine's Day consist of DIY kids' arts and crafts and a lot of baking for Aria's friends. I prepared chocolate-frosted sweet treats this morning.

These are just the right size for little fingers to enjoy, but you can of course make them bigger if they're for your own Valentine's celebration. The chocolate isn't cloyingly sweet, which means you can enjoy more than one!

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Guava Papaya Parfait Cups Recipe

Guava Papaya Parfait Cups

01.16.15 by Jackie

Individual servings for dessert is a great way to end a fancy meal. I usually decorate dessert cups at the last minute, carry the tray filled with cups to the table so I'm able to chat and mingle with our guests without worrying about making a mess while serving the sweets. Last night, we hosted one more dinner party (I can't believe it's the second one in just a one-week period) and the dinner went fantastically well. It was a 4-course classical French menu, then we moved to another room to finish the meal with dessert. I also often try to give a little flavor of the muticultural aspect of our household by using exotic ingredients throughout the menu.

This time, I added guava and papaya pulp to parfait cups. The guava is amazingly fragrant and I used the papaya for its deep orange color. I accompanied the sweets with store-bought chocolate wafers and fresh raspberries for a touch of acidity.

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Chocolate Snowflake Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Snowflake Crinkle Cookies

01.09.15 by Jackie

If you have a toddler at home, odds are you have heard about Disney’s musical Frozen and all of the fun characters featured in the film. I made the mistake of purchasing the DVD so we watch it all the time. Our little Aria identifies herself as Princess Anna and we got a little Frozen-themed apron for her to help me out in the kitchen. 

Aria has been determined to prepare a snowflake sweet treat so I doubled her pleasure by baking crinkle cookies using chocolate. The fudge-like cookies are covered in powdered sugar with a beautifully crinkled top once baked. Making the cookie batter isn't complicated but the hardest part was to teach my little one patience, as it's best chilled overnight before slipping into the oven.

Chocolate Crackle Cookie Recipe with Picture

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