vanilla birthday cake

ingredients 2 2/3 cups cake flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 stick salted butter, room temperature 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups granulated sugar 4 egg whites 2 tbsp vanilla paste (my favorite, but you can use vanilla extract if you don’t have paste – but really, i think the…

coconut jasmine rice

we love us some asian dishes around here.. this past month, i have been adapting all all of our go-to recipes for my better half’s whole30 challenge (which we have loved and highly recommend). i edited so many good ones from the blog and made the cinnamon bun muffins as a reward when he was halfway through. i even…

vanilla cream scones

one of my favorite memories is my first trip to london with my mom and grandma. my maternal grandparents lived there and my grandma took me there as a gift for my 16th birthday, to share with me a place she loved so much. it was on this trip that i discovered my innate love for rain,…

fresh homemade banana bread

this past summer i posted a lovely spiced banana bread recipe – it is a fantastic recipe, very different from your everyday banana bread, with ginger and other spices to change it up a little. the rebel in me (and my mouth) loves that! now i want to introduce another banana bread recipe.. it is more…

my favorite chocolate chip cookies

as every normal american girl, my life has been a quest. a quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie. it’s not something i daily think about per se, but in the back of my mind, almost subconsciously, i have always been searching for my favorite. as someone who likes to cook, i have tried…

spiced banana bread

you know when you go to a restaurant and they have a house wine? or a house sourdough bread? those places have found the best, their favorite variation or recipe that they have adopted as their “house” drink, or their “house” bread. well, i want to start sharing my “house” recipes – basic recipes that…

perfect whipped cream

i could have posted this recipe in the “cooking tips” section, it being such a simple & common kitchen basic. but this is the best whipped cream i have made and, like the reason for my starting this blog, i want to shout it from the rooftops. dance about it. make sure you all know about…

best ever blueberry muffins

these are the perfect blueberry muffins. these gorgeous little pieces of heaven are STUFFED with fresh, not frozen, blueberries. overflowing with them. they are thicker, more like a biscuit and on top, a sprinkle of sugar creates this crunch when you bite into them. i have had more than my share of blueberry muffins in…