Thursday, July 28, 2011

California meets Middle East

Arabian Dream

My Ramadan cupcake: an almond pound cake with an orange apricot filling topped with orange apricot and almond buttercream.  Inspired by a traditional Arabic drink made with apricot leather which is usually served during Ramadan combined with a touch of California oranges and almonds.  Happy Ramadan cupcakes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream

Strawberry 'n Cinnamon Ice Cream

Although it is not a popular combination, the heat from the cinnamon and tartness of the strawberries work really well together.  Creamy, smooth ice cream with sweet strawberries and a hint of cinnamon you can feel at the back of your throat.  It's truly an indulgent experience.  The secret is the low-fat cream cheese to achieve the creamy consistency with less fat than cream.

Strawberry 'n Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A melding of flavors

Pink Lava Devotion
Tart fresh raspberry mousse paired with rich decadent brownies create a balance of flavors with just the right amount of sweetness.

Family potlucks usually mean I need to bring a dessert.  My sister, ecstatic as I walked in the door with this treat in my hands, adores the combination of raspberries and chocolate as much as I do. She created this clever name because the mousse resembles lava and the brownies were the cooled lava rocks.  Devotion because these two ingredients love to be a sweet ending to any party.

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