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Cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Madeline Cookies

 

 Adapted from Nancy Fuller’s Cinnamon Sugar Madelines These are quick and easy cookies as long as you have a Madeline pan. The dough is really more like a cake batter than a cookie dough. They go so well with tea or coffee in the morning! You can certainly fancy them […]

Cookies

Pineapple Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

 

 Adapted from Cooking Classy Pineapple Coconut Thumbprints We just started planning a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and I am so excited!! I immediately started craving tropical flavors. On a trip to the grocery store, I found this pineapple mango fruit spread and decided that I needed to […]

Desserts

Banana Gelato

 

 Adapted from Dine and Dish Banana Gelato I had some very ripe bananas, but instead of making banana bread in the heat of summer, I knew gelato was the right choice. This turned out so amazing. I’ve tried the “nice” cream made with frozen bananas. While that is a healthy […]

Meat

Thai Basil Beef

 

 Adapted from Cooking Classy Thai Basil Beef This is a quick and easy recipe to throw together on a weeknight. The only ingredient that is tough to find is the Thai Holy Basil. You may need to go to an Asian grocery to find it. Otherwise, substitute fresh basil from […]

Sidedishes

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

 

 This is a quick, easy, and versatile recipe that works wonderfully with Asian flavors (particularly Vietnamese and Thai), but also with Mexican flavors for burritos, and rice bowls. That extra hit of cilantro and lime really punches up the flavor of your rice and helps you recreate that Chipotle burrito […]

Drinks

“The Big Ginger” Drink

 

 Ginger Ale, Whisky and Lime Drink This drink is popular at Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins play. It is a perfect summer drink. It wasn’t until I realized how the flavors of ginger and lime would pair well with Vietnamese and Thai cuisine that a whole new world opened […]

Sidedishes

Asian Cucumber Salad

 

 This is perfect as an accompaniment to all kinds of Vietnamese and Thai dishes. I like to serve it on top of Banh Mi, with pork meatballs in an Asian sauce and rice, with Chicken Satay, or with Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowls. It’s amazing in the summer because it is […]

Breakfast

Perfect Blueberry Muffins

 

 Adapted from King Arthur Flour Famous Department Store Blueberry Muffins These muffins are the perfect combination of sweet with a delicate crumb. They are quick and easy to make, you will never reach for a mix from a box again. I like to use frozen wild blueberries because the berries […]