Out and About: Tidbits from the Last Month

November 24th, 2014

tiny prints bfff decorations
 

Thank you to all for you for your kind wishes about my upcoming cookbook! I'm so excited to keep you updated on the news in the next few months!

In between wrapping up work on the book and writing for the blog, I got to be part of some fun events in the last couple of months that I'd love to share with you now. One of the best parts of being in the food world, of course is getting the opportunity to see what others in your field are up to, make connections and get inspired, and perhaps eat some really good food at the same time. Below, some of the best parts of the last few weeks:

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Announcing My Next Cookbook: Lollipop Love

November 18th, 2014

LollipopLove cover
Lollipop Love - coming March 2015

I am so very excited to finally be sharing this news with you all: my third cookbook will be coming out next March! 

The name of the book is Lollipop Love, and it features 40 recipes for the original sweet on a stick. 

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Coconut and Mango Yogurt Cheesecake

November 10th, 2014

Mango Coconut Cheesecake
 

Now that it's officially holiday season (no, I don't have Christmas decorations up yet, but yes, my Halloween decorations are down), that means holiday vacation is almost here. Last year we made our first trip with Isabelle to Hong Kong for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this holiday we're staying in town, so Asia will have to wait until next year.

Since that means no Hong Kong pastries for me in the near future, I'll have to make do at home. Noosa Yoghurt asked me to make a dessert inspired by either my local culture or my heritage. Although I grew up in the Bay Area, I've been lucky enough to visit Hong Kong numerous times in my life and connect with my extended family there and indulge in the glorious kaleidoscope of Hong Kong cuisine, from dim sum to street food to British high tea. I'm particularly missing the east-meets-west pastries they do so well there, which led me to make this tropical flavored cheesecake.

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Deep Dark Chocolate and Ghostly Meringue Cupcakes

October 31st, 2014

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Happy Halloween! So I just want to say now that all these years before when I would do the ritual complaint of, "Things are so crazy busy around the holidays!" I was saying this without a kid. Now that I have a kid, I truly understand what CRAZY BUSY around the holidays mean.

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Homemade Halloween: Making “Twix” Bars

October 22nd, 2014

Homemade Twix bars stack
 

With Halloween coming up next week. I'm finishing all my preparations, which mostly involve putting together Isabelle's costume and moving all the pumpkins in the house back to their designated places, after she's moved them all again for the twentieth time. Apparently pumpkins are way more fun than her regular toys - who knew?

I've stocked up on candy for trick or treaters, but I couldn't resist going into kitchen to make some sweets from scratch. This year, it's a homemade rendition of one of my favorite candies from childhood - the Twix bar.

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Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream and Apples

October 14th, 2014

Apple Salted Caramel Chocolate cake closeup
 

Indian summer continues on in full swelter here in the bay area. It's honestly the hottest it's been here for the last six months: the mornings start out promisingly grey and overcast, and then by mid-morning it's just cloudless sky and shimmering heat. Not-so-little-Isabelle is growing out of her summer t-shirts and shorts, clothes I thought I could safely pack away by now but instead I'm desperately hoping will still fit until cooler weather finally arrives.

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