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Li Hing Mui Sugar Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

Li Hing Mui Sugar Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

Li hing mui is a salted, dried plum that has delivers sweet, sour and savory flavors all in one. A powdered form is frequently found in Hawaii, where it is sprinkled on top of sweets like shave ice, pineapples and gummy candy. Just as salty and sweet is a good combination in most desserts, the li hing mui powder not only accentuates the sweet flavors ... Read More »

Jamaica-Infused Tequila Margaritas

Jamaica-Infused Tequila Margaritas

Margaritas are great drinks for a party and this particular recipe will turn a lot more heads than a traditional batch. These Jamaica-Infused Tequila Margaritas are made with my jamaica-infused tequila, which was inspired by one of my favorite types of agua fresca. The tequilas steeped with dried hibiscus flowers, which give it a unique flavor that is both sweet-tart and floral. The hibiscus needs ... Read More »

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Tres leches cake  is a sponge cake that is coaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. Despite the soaking, the cake base is sturdy enough to hold up without falling apart, which means that the finished cake is extremely moist and yet not soggy. The combination of milks also gives the cake a very distinctive flavor and I ... Read More »

How to Make Jamaica-Infused Tequila

How to Make Jamaica-Infused Tequila

Jamaica agua fresca is one of the most popular – and most delicious – drinks that you’re likely to find at a Mexican restaurant. The beverage is made using dried red hibiscus flowers – jamaica, in Spanish – that are cooked with water and sugar to extract their flavor.  In addition to the agua fresca, many of my favorite Mexican restaurants offer jamaica margaritas, made ... Read More »

Caramelized White Chocolate & Cherry Ice Cream

Caramelized White Chocolate & Cherry Ice Cream

The other day, I stopped in to Salt and Straw, a popular ice creamery, and tasted one of their seasonal flavors: Caramelized White Chocolate & Strawberry. The ice cream was absolutely delicious, but it also made me realize that white chocolate is a lot more versatile than I thought. White chocolate is made up primarily of cocoa butter, milk and sugar, usually with some vanilla ... Read More »

Peach Blueberry Muffins

Peach Blueberry Muffins

I like to use fresh fruit when I’m baking, but I have been known to use a wide variety of frozen and canned fruit, as well. These shelf-stable (or freezer-stable) options let me use my favorite fruits all year round, so I can enjoy ripe berries in the winter and homemade pumpkin bread in the spring if I am in the mood for it. These ... Read More »

French Martini

French Martini

The French Martini isn’t a drink that you’re going to find on too many craft cocktail menus right now, but there was a time when this drink was a huge favorite on the cocktail scene. The cocktail is a fruity, slightly sweet vodka drink that combines fresh pineapple juice and Chambord. Chambord is a a French liqueur – hence the name of the cocktail – ... Read More »

Chocolate Raspberry Magic Bars

Chocolate Raspberry Magic Bars

When it comes to easy recipes, magic bars are hard to beat. They’re an unusual type of bar cookie where the ingredients are layered together, then topped with sweetened condensed milk. The milk binds everything together and adds some nice sweetness to the mixture. These Chocolate Raspberry Magic Bars are a little unusual because they include fresh raspberries and layer of raspberry jam, adding a ... Read More »

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