Top 10 Recipes of 2016

December 30, 2016

Best-of-2016 Ai made it for you

2016 is coming to an end!

For my very last post of 2016, I’m bringing you my top 10 most viewed posts of this year. The ranking is based on top viewed pages according to Google Analytics. Hope this helps you discover some of my recipes you hadn’t seen yet!

I’m sharing this 2016 roundup at this week’s Fiesta Friday co-hosted by Jhuls and Ginger, so come join me and the others at the party!
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Cranberry Muffins

December 30, 2016

Cranberry Muffins

We’re down to 2 days left in 2016! What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

I made these cranberry muffins earlier this month to try to get myself back into the swing of things. Cranberries aren’t commonly sold in Japan unless they’re dried, but I was able to find bags of fresh cranberries at good ol’ Costco. Cranberries paired with mandarin zest and spices make these muffins quite festive and perfect for the holidays. Christmas has gone by already, but we still have New Year’s morning where these muffins will fit in perfectly!

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Apple Pie with Oat Pecan Streusel

December 23, 2016

Apple Pie with Oat Pecan Streusel

So it’s been almost two months since I last posted here. But let’s leave the excuses for the end and move on to this tasty apple pie! I made it in mid-November thinking I’d post it as a dessert idea for Thanksgiving. It goes without saying that never happened.

Tristan’s favorite pie is apple (mine is pumpkin, hands down). Apparently, he used to buy a whole pie in college, have half for breakfast and the other half for dessert after dinner. He described it as having granola on top instead of another layer of pie crust, which sounded like a streusel but he claims there was oatmeal in it. I’ve tried to recreate this pie by adding oats and chopped pecans to the streusel topping and it seems to be pretty close to what he used to buy at the grocery store, except you know, better.

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Halloween Black Sesame Eyeball Cupcakes

October 30, 2016

Halloween Black Sesame Eyeball Cupcakes

Tomorrow is finally Halloween! How will you be celebrating? Sadly, it being Monday, it’s a regular work day for me.

But I did celebrate early with these black sesame eyeball cupcakes! Remember I said I was using the sweet potato eyeballs as cupcake toppers? Yep, these are it. I kept debating whether to make chocolate cupcakes or red velvet cupcakes but both have been done by so many people and in my opinion, didn’t seem like they would pair well with sweet potato. Black sesame seeds and sweet potato are a classic combination in Japan and worked perfectly together in this cupcake!

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Halloween White Chocolate Eyeballs

October 29, 2016

Halloween white chocolate eyeballs

Two days until Halloween! Have you picked out your costumes and gotten all your candy ready for the trick-or-treaters?

These white chocolate eyeballs are perfect if you want to take the homemade,  less sugary route to Halloween candy. They might be more time consuming than just buying a few bags of candy from the store, but they’ll taste better, no one will be hopped up on sugar bouncing off the walls, and everyone you give these to will surely be impressed.

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Apple Doughnuts

October 24, 2016

Apple Doughnuts

Besides it being National Cookbook Month, October is also National Apple Month. I had no idea! Apple pie is probably the most popular choice when it comes to apple-based desserts, but if you can have it in doughnut form, why not? These apple doughnuts are deep fried but light and fluffy with a warm and spicy apple filling. Perfect way to celebrate National Apple Month!

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Baked Figs & Custard in Phyllo Pastry- A Taste of Greece

October 21, 2016

Baked Figs & Custard in Phyllo Pastry

So sorry this post is long overdue. Between writing progress reports, dealing with PMS, and catching a cold, I couldn’t get myself to finish writing and posting this recipe.

This is my second recipe from A Taste of Greece: Recipes, Cuisine & Culture. Figs are one of my favorite fruits and I look forward to the end of summer each year for fig season. While I love them, I don’t always love them in desserts. I’ve had them in tarts and cakes, but more often than not, I prefer to eat them fresh, so I was a little skeptical going into this recipe.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Financiers

October 8, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Financiers

It’s finally cooling down and I feel like fall is pretty much upon us! I love waking up to a cool breeze in the morning. I’ve been living in short sleeves and Birkenstocks up until now but yesterday I had to bust out my thick hoodie. It was too warm during the day, but it definitely came in handy walking to work in the morning and at Costco after work. Isn’t it freezing in the room with all the berries?

Pumpkin and apple desserts take over the internet during fall, but I’m kicking off fall desserts with nuts. Hazelnuts, specifically, because you know I’m crazy for them. Chocolate hazelnut financiers are so quick and easy, they’re the perfect thing to make during the week, or when you’re suddenly craving something chocolatey, or you need to use up leftover egg whites from making cheesecake or blondies.

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Moussaka – A Taste of Greece

October 5, 2016

Moussaka - A Taste of Greece

Happy October!

For those of you who don’t know, October is National Cookbook Month. I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity for me to buy a cookbook (great excuse, right?) and try out some new recipes. Throughout October I’ll be posting recipe reviews in between my regular posts.

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Chocolate Mocha Cake

September 30, 2016

Chocolate Mocha Cake

Guess what? Monday was my 27th birthday! Happy birthday to me!

I had made this rich chocolate mocha cake (yes, I make my own cake) on Sunday so I can post the recipe on my blog while it’s still the weekend. Well, you know what happens on birthdays. You procrastinate and brush everything off with “It’s my birthday! I deserve this!” and you find that nothing gets done. And when you’re finally ready to be productive, you’re already swamped with other things like work and nothing gets done. So here I am, few days late and welcoming another weekend, but better late than never, right? At least I’m posting this while it’s still my birthday month!

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