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Thanksgiving and Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love spending time with friends and family, the cheerful holiday spirit, the music, the decor, and of course the FOOD! And what kind of holiday would it be without cookies? [click to continue…]

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Fruit Tart with Lemon Lavender Pastry Cream

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My third post in less than 10 days! This must be some kind of record. It feels good to get back into blogging and getting a rhythm going again. So like I mentioned last week, I helped co-organize a dessert charity event called Sweet Sensations to benefit the non-profit Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). The […]

April 29, 2013 5 comments Continue reading →

Some New Changes and an Etsy Shop!

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In my last post, I mentioned that I’m working on some new and exciting projects. Well here it is! The official launch of my Lou & Esi Etsy shop! My first three designs are near and dear to my heart as it represents where I’m from and who I am.

April 25, 2013 2 comments Continue reading →

Sweet Sensations Dessert Event to Benefit C-CAP

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So I know I’ve been away from the blog for a few months. I started a new job at the end of last year and adjusting to my new role took me away from my blogging duties. But I’m back and will be posting new recipes, DIY projects, and some other exciting news shortly. But […]

April 19, 2013 2 comments Continue reading →

Oatmeal Toffee Cookies & A Cookie Swap

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Finally a new post! I started a new job a few months ago and I have been really slacking with my blogging duties. However, I’m finally starting to get my rhythm back and hopefully that will mean more posts – because with my fondness and love for Christmas I can assure you there will be […]

December 12, 2012 9 comments Continue reading →

Pork and Mushroom Dumplings

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Growing up in a Chinese-American household, we always did things a little differently. At our annual summer barbecue’s, instead of the usual burgers and hotdogs, we would have grilled fish balls and chicken wings in hoisin sauce (Chinese barbecue sauce). Instead of a rack of ribs we would have a row of homemade dumplings. I […]

September 16, 2012 9 comments Continue reading →

Fun with Fringe – Part 1

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I originally intended this blog to be an all things DIY blog, but things never go as planned. However, my super creative and talented friend, Kameli, is back with more DIY projects and gives us a two-part post on fun things you can do with fringe on a budget! With my background in art and […]

August 27, 2012 0 comments Continue reading →

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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I know I’m about two weeks behind in posting this, but in honor of the Olympics and Team USA, I made some patriotic themed red velvet cupcakes as I watched these amazing athletes do things I can never imagine.

August 11, 2012 0 comments Continue reading →

Avocado Chicken Salad

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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably mention it again, we eat a lot of chicken in my household. Usually we’ll cook some variation of grilled chicken breasts or chicken thighs, but these last two weeks I had a huge craving for roast chicken. (I was inspired after going to Perla and smelling their wonderful […]

August 6, 2012 4 comments Continue reading →

Roasted Cauliflower

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I love roasted vegetables. This roasted cauliflower recipe is simple, easy, and delicious. Roasting the cauliflower at a high temperature produces a wonderful caramelization and flavor that utterly transforms the humble and simple cauliflower into something that is so delicious and complex. Every bite will be equally sweet, savory, crisp, and tender. Trust me, once […]

July 23, 2012 0 comments Continue reading →