Choux Pastry

Crispy. Puffy. Airy. According to a good friend, those are the essential textures in any dessert. I tend to agree. Choux pastry is a great blank canvass for getting all of these. You can pipe the dough into lots of shapes depending on what you plan to fill them with. I prefer the classic cream…

Coffee Sugar Cookies

Early morning is one of my favorite times of day. I don’t love the actual getting up part but after that pain has passed, rushing around in the pre-dawn light is kind of exciting. The only reason to be up that early is if there is something important that requires it. As an adult with…

Lilikoi Coconut Ice Cream

Lilikoi has got to be one of the most intense fruits I have ever experienced. No wonder it’s called passion fruit. The smell alone is enough to drive me crazy. Each wrinkly little fruit is just waiting to get broken open and spill its juices. The bright, tart, sweet flavor is the essence of tropical…

Coconut Rice Pudding

Sticky rice and salty mango at Thai restaurants is pretty much my favorite sweet dish. I could eat it forever. Seriously, that stuff is heaven for me. The problem is making the sticky rice at home. I haven’t mastered it by any stretch of the imagination. Not by a long shot. That’s why I went…

Mango Ginger Sorbet

Mango season. That glorious time when fruit that tastes like pure sunshine is falling from all the trees in the neighborhood. It comes and goes so quickly that sometimes we hardly know it has passed. Everyone seems to come together in their love of mangoes. Even the odd person who doesn’t like them seems to…

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

Cookies can be breakfast. As long as they are relatively good for you…oh heck, any cookie can be breakfast! Believe in the health benefit of happiness and the occasional dessert for breakfast is actually a great thing. Be active, eat well, and make sure to do what makes you happy. If that’s climbing a mountain,…

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Thank goodness for cooking, friends, and renewed focus! At first, I was afraid that losing my job meant I would miss the hustle and constant business that was my life for the last year. It turns out that, stuffed far behind my always-on-the-go lifestyle, I had a wonderful life of friends and food just waiting…