Stovetop Grilled Pineapple Skewers

The weather is getting warmer! I was hoping today would be one of those sunny, warm spring days that makes you crave barbecues, or at least a day that hints that you might consider grilling soon. Instead, I got a dreary, gray, slightly chilly and damp rainy day. But no matter, because these grilled pineapple…

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

When I spent three months studying abroad in Argentina, I became addicted to alfajores, which I would best describe as an Argentine cookie. The traditional version is two shortbread-esque buttery cookies with creamy dulce de leche sandwiched in the middle, rolled in coconut flakes. There are other varieties as well, especially those that are dipped…

The Dulce de Leche Cook-off: Part 1

Dulce de leche was one of the first foreign foods that I fell in love with. It is ubiquitous in Argentina, the first foreign country I lived in. Translated to “milk’s candy” in English, it’s used in cookies and candies, as a spread for toast, as a filling for desserts, an accompaniment to fruit, an…

Pumpkin Pie Mochi Bites

I have fallen in love with butter mochi. It’s a Hawaiian dessert that uses glutinous rice flour (the flour made from sticky rice) to create a dessert that’s crispy on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle. I love it so much that this isn’t my first mochi post – I made Raspberry…

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. I can’t completely explain why. Is there such a thing as writer’s block, but for cooks? Is it imposter syndrome? Perhaps it’s because of the oppressive July heat in NYC, making me hesitate every time I even think about turning on the stove. Or maybe it’s the ceiling…

Ooey-Gooey Carrot Cake Loaf

It’s a big week for the United States: both Easter and Passover. Both holidays are times when we go to religious services, visit our family and friends, and eat great meals together. But this year, because of the coronavirus, most of us can’t see our loved ones this week. It’s odd to be celebrating the…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

What was your family’s go-to holiday recipe when you were a kid? For mine, it was these easy, 5-ingredient, no-bake chocolate peanut butter squares. Crunchy peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs meet melted chocolate in a classic but perfect combination. Not only are these squares a surefire hit at your next party, they are quite…

Raspberry Butter Mochi (and Cake Scaling 101!)

Have you ever had butter mochi? I went the first 30 years of my life without it, sadly, until my first visit to Hawaii. It was a warm Pacific morning and we were driving down the highway when suddenly my boyfriend spotted a roadside mochi stand on the other side of the road. Screeching to…

How to Make Gelato

Gelato. Just saying the word makes your mouth water, eliciting memories of summer, Italian luxury, and a hint of naughtiness. I purchased a gelato making class at Mia Chef Gelateria for my boyfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift (with the ulterior motive of learning how to make it at home and eating ridiculous amounts of…

Decadent Cookies & Cream Truffles

AKA Kitchen Mess Bonbons It was winter in New England. My good friend Vicky was hosting us, a group of hungry college students, in her tiny Boston apartment to celebrate surviving our midterms. Years later, I can’t remember what we ate for dinner, but I do remember dessert. Creamy, rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate covered cookies &…