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Sugarless, Flourless Banana, Carrot, and Fig Muffins


I made these True Food muffins for Hanna. Last time I published the carrot, parsnip, zuchinni bread recipe, she told me to make it for her when she visits during Thanksgiving. Since Hillary is visiting her in New York to celebrate their birthday together, I decided to surprise her with these hand-delivered mini muffins 😄. These muffins smell so good Read More

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Carrot-Parsnip-Zucchini Bread


After 5 months of feasting on hawker-style Singaporean food from home chefs in the bay area, we are now back in Scottsdale. While I will miss those food a lot, I am glad that ordering these carb-heavy menu items is no longer an option. It’s time to be my own home chef and fix some healthy meals! There is a Read More

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Almond Fruit Tartlet


Something is nagging at me the last few nights since I made those Rustic Almond and Fruit Galettes. I really wanted to feature those beautiful fresh fruits more prominently than having them hidden under the ‘rustic’ crust. This weekend, I made another batch of flaky tart dough from my favorite Tartine cookbook and set off to give these fresh fruits Read More

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Paleo Walnut Cookies


Hanna made these paleo cookies for the elderly neighbors when she was back in the bay area a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, when she delivered them, she found that Pat has passed on. Pat used to make chocolate chip cookies on Fridays; we know she likes them! It was very nice of Hanna to look up a paleo recipe to Read More

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Blueberry Banana Bread


EK was complaining again that the refrigerator is overloaded. There is way more food than the two of us could eat before they have to be thrown out 😬. I needed to salvage the blueberries before they are moldy. There are also two sad-looking overripe bananas in the fruit bowl …. out came a blueberry banana bread. Our breakfast for Read More

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Apple Carrot Muffins


With a whole box of leftover shredded carrots sitting in the refrigerator, I decided to make carrot muffins for this week’s breakfast. Hanna did most of the work assembling the ingredients, mixing and dividing the batter into the muffin cups. These muffins turned out beautifully. She did a great job dotting the muffins with walnut chips. Top it with cream Read More

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Grilled Garlic Shrimp


We ushered in the first day of 2021 with a BBQ on the roof top of our apartment building. Its a beautiful day on a hopefully great new year for everyone. I think I served the best grilled shrimps I have tasted ever, the HUGE shrimps are juicy, bouncy (that’s what Hillary says when she tastes a good shrimp) and Read More

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Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies


We always get-together as a family during the winter holidays. When the girls were in college, we drove/flew them home so that we can spend some quality time together at home or on a vacation. For the first time in 25 years, Ashley is not going to be home for Christmas. Covid certainly threw a wrench into our holiday plans, Read More

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Pluot Margarita


Another successful cocktail experiment….The most difficult part is extracting pluot juice from overripe, squishy pluots. Wear food prep gloves, squeeze the pulp into a blender, then blend and strain for the juice. I have toned down the tequila to juice ratio lately. Now that I have been making cocktail so often, its better to be measured about the level of Read More

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Pineapple Margarita


The mixologist in me has been very busy lately dreaming up of different twists to the margarita recipe. How about replacing the lime juice with fresh pineapple juice?! As pineapple varies in tartness and sweetness, adjust the lime juice and syrup as appropriate. I typically start with less lime juice and syrup than what the recipe calls for, and adjust Read More

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