Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

Some of my closest friends are avid fans of peanut butter! Are you one of them? I didn’t grow up with peanut butter. Growing up in Buenos Aires, my only notion of a burnished-colored spread were the jars of decadent dulce de leche, a South American confection made with milk and sugar that tastes somewhat similar [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Speckled Chocolate Easter Cake

Speckled Chocolate Easter Cake

Every Easter, I become obsessed with all things pastel. Pre-pandemic, Easter brunch was one of the first events we hosted once the spring season arrived, and it’s been a tradition among our group of friends since 2012. In past years, I was usually in charge of making the ham, with a side dish of bacon [...]

Granny Eliza’s Chocolate Pudding

Granny Eliza’s Chocolate Pudding

When it comes to chilled desserts and custards, pudding often gets overlooked for its more sophisticated adult versions of custard-type desserts, like pots de crème, ice cream, mousse, and parfait. In comparison to these, pudding may sound too commonplace or humble to merit a blog post. However, blame it on childhood nostalgia, chocolate pudding is [...]