Delicious Fried Banana Fritters

making fried banana fritters

I have been craving beignets, the French “fritters” that are diamond shaped raised doughnuts. Hot, crispy and loaded with powdered sugar beignets are a must have treat if you ever visit New Orleans! Beignets are slightly time intensive to make from scratch. To get my quick fix I made delicious banana fritters which have a similar batter texture to beignets. Golden brown, tender and indulgent, these are the perfect quick and easy doughnuts to make without having to book a ticket to Louisiana!… 

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Lemonade Sugar Cookies

lemonade sugar cookies on a tray

This is a refreshing lemonade sugar cookies recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. Bright, tangy and sweet, these lemonade sugar cookies are a nice way to brighten anyone’s day. These cookies are perfectly balanced with sweet lemonade icing and a buttery tender sugar cookie…. 

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Conversation Heart Cookies

tray of sweetheart cookies and candys

Are you looking for the perfect rolled sugar cookie recipe to make Valentine’s Day treats? With all of the recipes I have tried, America’s Test Kitchen recipe is by far the best! The dough is very easy to roll and handle. The recipe doesn’t even need extra flour because the dough is not very sticky. With love in the air, you can make these iced conversation heart cookies while adding your own personalized messages to friends, family, and those extra special loved ones in your life…. 

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Boozy Chocolate Milkshake with Whisky

Whip cream served with chocolate boozy milkshake

My first “boozy” milkshake experience was in Washington DC at a place called the Satellite Room. My friend Jasmine who lived in DC at the time took me to this institution where busy DC professionals meet up after work and chow down while listening to great music. The Satellite Room has tasty selection of delicious burgers and a variety of beers on tap. I was taken out of my culinary element when I tried a boozy chocolate milkshake from the menu…. 

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Spooky Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes

spider web halloween cupcakes

Are you looking for a scary and delicious treat for the hungry ghouls and goblins haunting you on Halloween? Nothing is more devilish and decadent than these spooky spider web halloween cupcakes. The richest chocolate cupcakes topped with sinful dark chocolate infused with cinnamon and chili spices to give a surprising spicy kick!…. 

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Pumpkin Hand Pies with Pecan Streusel

Cooking rack of pumpkin pies

Some people can look at the leafs outside and say fall has arrived, well in Southern California we go to the grocery store to notice the seasons changing. You know what I’m talking about, in late September the grocery chains start to bombard you with pumpkins, scary ghosts and lots of Halloween candy! Pumpkin is the essential ingredient of autumn, so its no surprise that you can find pumpkin everything… pop tarts, cheesecake, oatmeal, flavored beer and lattes luring you into the holiday spirit!… 

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Delicious Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

baked cinnamon apple chips on table

Are you looking for that delicious healthy snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt? I have the perfect crispy treat for you, tasty homemade baked cinnamon apple chips! The recipe is only 3 ingredients: your favorite apple, powdered sugar, and some cinnamon. That’s it – nice and simple!… 

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Apricot Spritz Cookie

apricot spritz cookie

My fondest memory of spritz cookies was when I working at an exquisite European Bakery called Boniere in my home town of Alameda, CA during high school. The pastry chef would fill the cookies with homemade raspberry and apricot jam, and lightly dust each cookie with powdered sugar. These cookies were so tender and contained the perfect amount of sweetness which would melt in your mouth. I just had to recreate these apricot spritz cookies at home!… 

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Chocolate Almond Pretzels

chocolate almond pretzels recipe

Chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors with a crunch. It’s hard not to like the savory crunchy pretzels combined with decadent chocolate. In Asian markets you can find a similar sweet treat, called Pocky Stick made in Japan. I remember picking out the strawberry and chocolate flavors as a kid, and I still buy them for nostalgia. This chocolate almond pretzels recipe is perfect because it gives you instant gratification, and they look fancy without a lot of time…. 

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Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Homemade caramel popcorn with nuts

One of my favorite childhood snacks is caramel popcorn. The golden sweet and delicious clusters give the perfect crunch as you bite into each candy coated popped kernel. I typically prefer the popcorn in the form of cracker jacks. There’s something about eating an entire box by the handful and anticipating the prize included at the bottom…. 

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