Introducing My New Ice Cream Flavor from Häagen-Dazs!

 Earlier this year, I won the incredible #FantasyFlavorScoopOff contest hosted by ice cream royalty Häagen-Dazs! As part of my winnings, I received a year’s worth (24) of free ice cream coupons, some awesome HD swag, AND 15 pints of my new custom ice cream flavor, Chocolate Liquor Coffee & Salted Caramel. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions expressed here are my own.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I’m as obsessed with ice cream as the 1990s were obsessed with Beanie Babies and the Backstreet Boys. When I sleep, I dream of … Read more

Vegan Caramelitas

When it comes to vegan desserts, these Vegan Caramelitas are among the best I’ve ever had! A golden brown sugar crumb filled with layers of chocolate and dairy-free caramel makes these quick bar cookies an irresistible addition to any dessert spread.   

The first time my college roommate caught me eating her homemade caramelitas, she suggested (rather mildly) that I could just take one and eat it if I wanted. You see, she had put them in the freezer for safekeeping and invited me to help myself anytime–but in my half-hearted attempt at self-control, I politely declined her invitation every time. … Read more

Cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Move aside, pumpkin spice latte! This autumn, ring in the holiday season by adding some extra spice (and cheesecake!) to a beloved favorite with this moist, easy-to-make Cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Bread. 

Growing up, we didn’t eat pumpkin but we did eat an awful lot of cream cheese–and by an “awful lot,” I mean obscene amounts that would make most of our breakfast choices qualify automatically as dairy products. To me, a bagel isn’t a bagel unless I smother every last bit–yes, including the hole! This is very important–with an inch-high pile of creamy goodness, which is the way my mom … Read more

Golden Butter Rum Cake (with a Jonathan Gold Seal of Approval)

This luxurious boozy dessert deserves its claim to fame! Awarded “Best Tasting” by acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold in 2014, my favorite Golden Butter Rum Cake recipe features a decadent yellow cake soaked in a slightly sweet, rum-infused syrup that will leave you (and your guests) clamoring for second servings.

I’ve got a rummy little treat for you today! I first made this Golden Butter Rum Cake in 2014 for UCLA’s annual Edible Book Festival, a literary celebration where bookworms like me get to bake their nerdiness into all sorts of crazy edible concoctions…and where I also had the Read more

Neapolitan Cheesecake

Meet the most beautiful dessert you’ll make this year! This Neapolitan Cheesecake might look super fancy, but it takes minimal extra effort and tastes like a creamy dream! Features an Oreo crust and three decadent layers of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla cheesecake.

There comes a moment in every person’s life when something unexpected blows their world into a billion, teeny-tiny smithereens and hurls their life into a supermassive existential black hole. For some people, this happens when they realize that Santa isn’t real. Or that Hollywood starlets like Zendaya and Brie Larson are actually younger than you are.

For me, … Read more

Hong Kong Style French Toast

My hands-down favorite dessert to order at Hong Kong cafes growing up was Hong Kong Style French Toast (西吐司). Unlike traditional French toast, this classic Western-inspired recipe is made with thick fluffy bread slides and peanut butter (or sweetened condensed milk) sandwiched in the middle!

You know how people say weird things like “I love you like a fat kid loves chocolate cake”? Don’t get me wrong: chocolate cake is pretty darn amazing. This year, though, I’m petitioning the Global Committee of Overused Catchphrases to update this (terribly outdated and somewhat unsavory) simile to something a little more fun. Something … Read more

Japanese Milk Bread

As Agnes from Despicable Me puts it, “[It’s] so fluffy, I’m gonna DIE!” This unbelievably light, fluffy Japanese milk bread is worth the effort–slightly sweet and buttery, it’s the perfect bread for making French toast or simply enjoying with a side of your favorite spread.

When I first started reading The Hunger Games in college, I’ll admit that I considered Peeta a bit of a pansy. Sure, he was loyal beyond measure and a total cutie to boot, but a baker’s boy who spent every day making bread loaves from scratch? I mean, how hard could THAT job be?

And … Read more

Easy Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies

In lieu of writing a blog post this week, I want to encourage everyone to reflect and spend the extra time to seeking information about issues that matter most right now. If you’re short on time, feel free to skip to the bottom for today’s recipe (Oatmeal M&M Cookies), which reminds us that the world is infinitely more beautiful when we see it in color. #BlackLivesMatter

Take care, everyone <3

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Easy Bread Machine French Bread

Are you bread-y for fresh, warm bread at home? Just throw your ingredients into your bread machine and indulge in this easy Bread Machine French Bread–it’s fluffy, soft, and the effort of just a few small steps!

If you have ever played Overcooked 2, then you KNOW that the recent surge in quarantine breadmaking at home is actually the beginning of an invasion wrought upon us by creatures known as the undead Unbread!

If you have never played Overcooked 2 and have no idea what in holy heck I am describing, then I applaud your ignorance and wish you … Read more

Chinese Green Onion Pancakes

We grew up eating these green onion pancakes at our favorite Chinese restaurant–they’re light, crispy, chewy, and filled with flavor. A classic comfort Chinese appetizer or snack food that you can enjoy at home!

One of the most infuriating things about trying to learn cooking from Chinese relatives is that they will tell you all sorts of things, except how to cook whatever it is you’re trying to learn and cook. They will tell you about the fact that they were already married at your age. They will tell you about how your cousin played three instruments and mastered differential … Read more