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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

August 3, 2015 cholesterol free
chocolate snickerdoodles

As the Spork and I travel on the East coast, we are staying at an Airbnb where the homeowners have two dogs. It took a lot of convincing on my part, and grumbling from him (he’s not really into dogs, especially the poop and slobber), but I convinced him this is the best place to stay and […]

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Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

March 24, 2015 Breakfast
cinnamon swirl bundt cake

I have finally made it out of the dungeons of  my pre-clinical year med school finals, and it feels really good to be done with class forever. When the last final finished, my classmates celebrated at the fourth floor of the building we had classes in every day for the last 1.5 years and let out […]

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Frappuccino Cupcakes

February 4, 2015 Cakes
creamy frappuccino cupcakes

Say HELLO to your favorite breakfast drink in cake form. These creamy frappucino cupcakes with cinnamon sugar dusting will have you craving cupcakes for breakfast. The cupcake stump has the taste of a hot brewed cup of coffee, and the super creamy cinnamon sugar and espresso dusted frosting is out-of-this-world creamy. I took one bite and […]

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Winter Wonderland Ombre Cake

December 16, 2014 Cakes
winter wonderland ombre cake

This winter wonderland ombre cake is a vanilla cake frosted with peppermint frosting, filled with a surprise chocolate ganache inside each layer. Ombre frosting, snowflakes, and snowmen complete the winter wonderland look. This week is the Spork’s father’s birthday. Since his father’s birthday, his birthday, and my birthday are all in December (within a 10 day […]

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Peppermint Red Velvet Cake

December 10, 2014 cholesterol free
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This moist red velvet cake is covered with a peppermint frosting, adorned with snowmen and glittering trees in a winter playground. I love all things Christmas related, and Christmas cakes are my favorite kind of cake to make. Every winter I eagerly await when my local Paris Baguette bakery puts out their Christmas cake display. […]

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Mint Chocolate Cake

December 8, 2014 Cakes
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A rich velvety chocolate cake coated in minty fresh frosting, drizzled with chocolate ganache, topped with mint filled Ghirardelli chocolate. When I turned 24,  the Spork (read: boyfriend) surprised me with this lovely cake. I was meeting him for lunch after taking some finals, and was kind of surprised he offered to cook lunch since it was […]

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5 minute Turkey Roll Ups

December 1, 2014 Asian Dishes
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Make these fast and easy Turkey Roll-ups to eat up your leftover turkey with an Asian flavored twist. These rollups are a spin off Peking Duck Rolls. Thanksgiving was a blur (but a very happy one!) for me. With finals coming up, I flew home for a few short days to see my parents. On […]

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Herbed Stuffing

November 24, 2014 Dairy-Free
herbed stuffing

Easy herbed stuffing, perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings or dinner regularly. Made with toasted sourdough bread and filled with vegetables and flavor. One of my favorite things to eat during Thanksgiving is stuffing. I love warm, soft inside but crunchy on top stuffing, especially next to a generous dollop of mashed potatoes and gravy. This stuffing […]

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

November 20, 2014 Dairy-Free
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These creamy garlic mashed potatoes topped with mushroom gravy will have you coming back for seconds. Make this for your Thanksgiving with just 20 minutes of active time! Thanksgiving is coming! This year my family is having two Thanksgiving celebrations so the Thanksgiving cooking will be upon us in exactly ONE week. This is the […]

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Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles (Zhajiangmian)

October 22, 2014 Asian Dishes
Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles

These saucy noodles are quintessential Beijing street food, a popular dinner dish that has lines for weeks. With just a few ingredients, this simple recipe is packed with authentic flavor and ready in 30 minutes. These noodles are my favorite noodle dish since I was a kid living in China. My family is from ShanXi province (just […]

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