Blackberry Lavender Ganache Tart

Blackberry Lavender Ganache Tart

             When I was in my teens, I had the privilege of going to Europe. Being an avid reader, I had read many novels that took place in European cities like Paris, London, and Rome, but I think until that trip, the beauty of those European places was almost fictional in my mind. I hadn’t [...]

No-Knead Artisan (Dutch Oven) Bread

No-Knead Artisan (Dutch Oven) Bread

One of my fondest childhood memories is watching my Danish-Argentine grandmother make homemade bread at her kitchen counter. She made it look so easy! I stood on my tippy-toes to get the best view possible, and watched in awe as the magic of breadmaking happened right before my eyes: the simplest and most timeless of [...]

Heart-Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Heart-Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

The Year of the Tiger was greeted by the Li family with raucous success. We made wonderful food, we wore red, we thoroughly cleaned our home, and we got together to eat lucky foods and give each other red envelopes full of chocolate coins. If you’re curious, read [here] for a more detailed account of [...]

Cupid’s Rose & Chocolate Candy Cookies

Cupid’s Rose & Chocolate Candy Cookies

Have you ever wondered how Cupid, that tiny cherubic baby who flies around shooting arrows at people to make them fall in love, because associated with Valentine’s Day? I have. Despite my disinterest in Valentine’s Day and my own personal twist to include other types of love celebrated on this holiday in addition to romantic [...]

Mini Brownie Hearts

Mini Brownie Hearts

            When it comes to Valentine’s Day, nothing is really set in stone for me. I’ve never been particularly fond of Valentine’s, mostly because I think the holiday excludes other kinds of love and affection that aren’t romantic and that are just as important if not more so than romantic love. I don’t like the artificial [...]