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Kung Hee Fat Choy

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Wishing you great happiness and prosperity This year, Chinese New Year is celebrated on Sunday, January 22nd, and kung hee fat choy is a traditional greeting you will hear amongst family and friends. There are differences in dialects but the meaning is the same,...

Mini Brownie Blossoms

Mini Brownie Blossoms

2022 Edible Holiday Gifts - Part 5 It's down to the wire, just a couple of days until Christmas. Do you need a last minute gift? If so, this "recipe" is for you. These mini brownie blossoms are inspired by peanut butter blossom cookies. A perfect chocolate-lovers bite...

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

2022 Edible Holiday Gifts - Part 3 Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination but sometimes you need a little extra something to bring it to the next level. Believe it or not, pretzels do just that in these delectable peanut butter pretzel bars. Just add...

Jell-O Cream Cheese Squares

Jell-O Cream Cheese Squares

Jell-O Cream Cheese Squares are a popular dessert in Hawaii. You will find them at potlucks and at local restaurants. My favorite is from Napoleon's Bakery, a sister bakery to Zippy's restaurants. This recipe is an homage to that version. I don't know where this...

Pumpkin Crunch

Pumpkin Crunch

It's October so let's embrace everything pumpkin! Pumpkin Crunch is kind of like Hawaii's version of a dump cake, but no one is quite sure where the recipe originated. I say it's "kind of" like a dump cake because unlike a dump cake, some mixing is required. Pumpkin...

Rugelach – Two Ways

Rugelach – Two Ways

Growing up in Hawaii I had very little, if any, connection to the Jewish community. In fact, the Jewish community makes up only about 0.5% of the population in Hawaii and is getting smaller. 1 By comparison, Massachusetts has a thriving Jewish population. As...

Chocolate Butter Mochi

Chocolate Butter Mochi

Butter mochi is an easy and yummy dessert that originated in Hawaii. But did you know you can make a chocolate version? Who doesn't love chocolate? (Actually I know someone who absolutely abhors it but he is definitely in the minority.). Resembling a...

Atlantic Beach Pie

Atlantic Beach Pie

Labor Day is at the transition point between summer and fall. With the heat of the summer, the thought of turning on the oven may not have appealed but do it anyway and make this pie. Embrace the bright lemony flavors of the Atlantic Beach Pie before the cooler...

Biscoff Tiffin

Biscoff Tiffin

Earlier this year I shared my first attempt at making tiffin. This type of dessert/snack is new to me and I was pleased with the feedback I received. I was encouraged to try new varieties. Using Nadiya Hussain's recipe for inspiration, I started thinking about...

No-Churn Ube Ice Cream

No-Churn Ube Ice Cream

I love all things ube. I don't know if it's the brilliant and intense purple color or the subtle, hard to describe flavor. It's probably both.  Ube is popular in Hawaii and a favorite way of preparing it is to make an ube ice cream or soft serve. With my love of...

Hawaiian Coconut Icebox Cake

Hawaiian Coconut Icebox Cake

When I lived in Boston I made the classic icebox cake - layers of Famous Chocolate Wafers and sweetened whipped cream. It was the perfect summer cake requiring no baking, just assembly. When I moved back to Hawaii, I was surprised that Famous Chocolate Wafers were...

Homemade Guri Guri

Homemade Guri Guri

Guri guri is a popular frozen treat found on the island of Maui. With its soft and slightly icy fruitiness, guri guri is a cross between sherbet and ice cream. It is a cold treat that is completely satisfying on a hot Hawaii day. Where can I find guri guri? The...

Ube Banana Pudding

Ube Banana Pudding

We are celebrating Mother's Day this year with these lovely Ube Banana Puddings. This recipe takes Magnolia Bakery's famous banana pudding and gives it a tropical twist by incorporating ube, adding a gorgeous color and subtle flavor to this iconic dessert....

Springtime Fairy Cakes

Springtime Fairy Cakes

It is officially spring and we are celebrating with these sweet little springtime fairy cakes. What are fairy cakes? Unlike their American cupcake counterparts, fairy cakes in the UK are smaller and lighter - like a delicate little fairy. The cakes themselves are a...

Easy Mint Brownies

Easy Mint Brownies

Over the holidays I needed an easy dessert to take to a gathering and came across this Mint Brownies recipe from Taste of Home. It makes a fantastic dessert and can barely be called a recipe. It uses a boxed brownie mix that, once baked, has melted...

Jam and Cream Hand Pies

Jam and Cream Hand Pies

A sweet way to celebrate Pi Day In preparation for Pi Day, this coming Monday, 3.14, I made these lovely jam and cream hand pies. These pies are inspired by Miami's Cuban pastelitos de guayaba - flaky, sweet pastries filled with guava paste and cream cheese....