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What I’ve Cooked in 2015 So Far

Cooking more is one of our goals for 2015, partially for health (hm, 20%?) but mostly because we want to budget wiser.  We love to cook and create recipes so it doesn’t really phase us.  Finding time is the greater issue.
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Super Simple Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe & Cookbook Review

I do Crossfit.  I also love ice cream.  And the two never conflict with one another.  There’s a common misconception that all Crossfitters eat paleo.  While I have friends that are on paleo diet, and I enjoy entertaining the idea of it, sugar, dairy, and wheat make up the foundation of my dietary pleasures. 
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Simple Pandan Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

A week ago, I posted a video on Instagram of pandan ice cream churning in our ice cream maker.  I received a few recipe requests, so here it is!
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Foolproof, Ridiculously Easy Nian Gao Recipe for Chinese New Year Pudding Cake 年糕

This Lunar or Chinese New Year, we attempted to make as much of our Chinese meal from scratch as possible.  In reality, depending on who you ask, it wasn’t a traditional menu.  There were no whole steamed fish or chicken, abalone slices on vegetables , dried oysters stewed with hair-like seaweed, or any of those typical Chinese New Year dishes that we grew to love (or despise) as kids.  We did, however, tried to keep it Chinese-y.
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Coconut Black Forbidden Thai Rice Dessert with Mangoes Recipe

It’s mango season again so I thought I’d sneak in a simple tropical dessert recipe. Using sweetened rice or beans in desserts is very common in many Asian cultures, especially in the Southeastern region. Here, a deeply purple, long grain rice is the star.
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The Best Fool Proof Recipe for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

My personal challenge this year is to conquer my fear of baking. The precise measurements, temperature settings, and timing always intimidated me so I avoided baking at all cause – until recently.
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Warm Maple Apple Tarte Tatin Recipe

Moving onwards, the next easy Thanksgiving dinner recipe is a buttery and syrupy maple apple tarte tatin. Since the crust can be made ahead of time like the anchovies polenta appetizer, I prepped it in advance and move onto the other dishes.
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Banana Brûlée with Ice Cream Recipe

… or rather, another non-recipe. Preparing dessert for dinner parties is my sore weakness. I have no problem throwing six savoury courses together
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Moroccan Orange Blossom Yogurt Mousse Recipe

When was the last time you were so smitten by a dish at a restaurant that you unabashedly asked the chef for the recipe?  That’s exactly what happened last week when I experienced the pop-up Moroccan menu at Bistro Pastis.
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Chinese New Year snack foods demystified + laughing sesame ball cookies recipe 笑口棗

Chinese (or Lunar) New Year is the most important festival in China that’s also celebrated throughout many Asian countries. It’s a time for family reunion, which also means indulging in a lot of scrumptious food.
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