Cheese Blintzes with Cardamom-Spiced Apple-Honey Compote

October 1, 2016 § 3 Comments

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I can’t believe it’s already October! The transition from summer to fall has been so drastic in Baltimore as it has been grey and rainy almost everyday for the past week. I’m hoping it turns to some nice, dry fall weather soon to go apple picking! Fortunately I got some great honeycrisp apples, my favorite kind, from the farmers’ market to make an apple-honey compote to serve with these cheese blintzes (i.e. crepes filled with sweet cheese) for Rosh Hashanah.

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts tomorrow at sundown so these would be perfect for a holiday brunch! I always think it’s funny how much I am immersed into the Jewish culture, considering I am not at all Jewish and I am Chinese American. However, my family has worked and now runs a Jewish specialty catering deli in Manhattan called Sables. We’re actually celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, which The New York Times covered. It took me awhile to realize that most other people, especially other kids when I was growing up, have never had latkes, whitefish salad, or cheese blintzes before, which have always been normal to me, alongside xiao long bao, oxtail, and chicken feet.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

September 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I’ve been eating bagels with lox and cream cheese for as long as I can remember. It was always a staple at my house so now whenever I have it, I’m reminded of home. These cute smoked salmon tea sandwiches are my take on a slightly more elegant lox and cream cheese experience perfect for brunch and entertaining guests.

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I’ve added fresh dill to the cream cheese and refreshing slices of cucumber to help cut through the richness of the buttery puff pastry and lox. I also love how the seashell shape makes them extra special!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Raspberry – White Chocolate Muffins

August 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

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When I have the leisure to, I love going to the grocery store or farmers market without a concrete shopping list in mind and just pick up whatever looks fresh and in season. I was planning on baking muffins to bring to the office but I was still undecided on what kind when I went grocery shopping. But when I saw these plump, juicy organic raspberries on sale, I just had to get them and decided to make these moist, delicious Raspberry-White Chocolate Muffins! And of course I got a container just for snacking.

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The raspberries give the muffins a great burst of tartness and sweetness while the white chocolate adds a layer of decadence, which is just what is needed to get through an early morning. I love any excuse to add browned butter because of the fragrant smell and it gives food so much more flavor, which definitely comes through in these muffins.

Another plus is these tender muffins come together so easily and are great reheated for a warm breakfast treat or afternoon pick-me-up!

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Everything Bagel Doughnuts

May 12, 2016 § 2 Comments

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Yeah, you read that correctly. Everything bagel DOUGHNUTS.

Ever since I had my first one a few months ago at B Doughnut, a local shop in Baltimore, my life was changed. It was delicious and so unique yet familiar since it combined the savory flavors of a bagel and the fluffiness of a doughnut.

I’ve been obsessed with this concept and knew I had to try making them. If this is the first time you’re hearing of this creation, let me tell you that it’s not as weird as it sounds and you really need to give it a try!

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I filled these savory doughnuts with a blend of avocado and cream cheese so you get a trio of delicious breakfast foods – bagel, doughnut, and avocado toast – all in one because who can ever decide what to have in the morning? And just to make these even better, I topped them with candied bacon.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

January 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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There are certain problems that only cinnamon rolls can fix. There’s something about them that’s so comforting and makes the entire place smell heavenly. These dirty chai cinnamon rolls definitely hit the spot but what do you do when you’re craving cinnamon rolls but don’t have the energy or time to make them? Or if you’re stuck at home because Blizzard Jonas is furiously raging outside and you don’t have yeast or refrigerated cinnamon rolls on hand?!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

You combine two breakfast favorites into one and make these cinnamon roll pancakes! You probably already have all of the ingredients that go into these light, fluffy, indulgent pancakes, so what are you waiting for?

These pancakes are so much fun to make with their cinnamon-swirl inside that ensures each bite has a burst of cinnamon-sugary goodness. Cream cheese glaze is an absolutely must for cinnamon rolls so it is no surprise that it brings these pancakes over the top and truly makes them cinnamon roll pancakes.DSC_0944DSC_0948DSC_0963

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Pear – Almond Breakfast Pastry

December 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Who doesn’t love a fresh, sweet flaky pastry for breakfast? I was so excited to make this Pear-Almond Breakfast Pastry for my family, especially my mom because she loves almond croissants. This King Arthur Flour recipe is simple and doesn’t involve endless folding and rolling of dough, which I don’t have time for during this holiday season!

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This pastry is light with layers and layers of flakiness! And we didn’t even have to do any folding or rolling! It deliciously combines the flavor of almonds and pears. The toasted almonds on top gives a nice crunch and nuttiness and the simple, homemade pear butter provides some freshness and sweetness. This recipe makes two loaves so it is perfect for gift-giving… but you might want to keep this all for yourself because it’ll be gone quickly!

To those celebrating, Merry Christmas!

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Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Swirled Muffins

November 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re so excited that it’s Thanksgiving week because it means less days at work, stuffing your face with as much scrumptious food as possible, but most importantly, that I’m sharing this recipe for delicious Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Swirled Muffins! Thursday is a marathon of eating so you might as well start early and pre-game the big feast with these delectable treats!

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Pumpkin and cream cheese are great separately but when you put them together, they’re absolutely irresistible. The pumpkin keeps these muffins moist and gives them that beautiful orange hue. It also works perfectly with the fragrant combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. The cream cheese is slightly sweetened (the way to sneak cheesecake for breakfast) and adds a nice tang and creaminess.

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I also experimented with hiding the cream cheese filling inside the muffin but I liked the swirled version best because of the gorgeous combination of colors it showed. However, the taste was unaffected so choose whichever way you prefer!

The muffins are lightly sweetened and they deliciously blend the flavors of the pumpkin, spices, and cream cheese. These treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack – pretty much any time of day!

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