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black sesame and miso dulce de leche macarons

black sesame and miso dulce de leche macarons

  The process of baking the perfect macaron has been a lengthy one for me, full of trial, error, and frustration. The macaron bug first infected me two years ago when I fell in love with photographs of gorgeous cookies I saw on Instagram and […]

strawberry cake with tahini caramelized honey frosting

strawberry cake with tahini caramelized honey frosting

  You don’t need a celebration to make a layer cake: just a heady dose of motivation. It’s the motivation that carried me through the grueling process of college applications that ended just a few weeks ago, and that’s still driving me through the end […]

earl grey tart

earl grey tart

San Diego’s been unusually gloomy lately, and the weather makes me want to do nothing else than curl up under the covers with a mug of steaming hot tea and a book. I’ve also been annoyingly sick with a cold, and only the restorative powers […]

matcha vanilla marshmallows

matcha vanilla marshmallows

        I have fond memories of going to the neighborhood rec center, memories of barbecued Korean short ribs, the telltale scent of chlorine, moments spent splashing around with friends. Every day spent there would wind down with us pulling chairs up to […]

peach and pluot galette

peach and pluot galette

Galettes are the country girl to pie’s city girl. Less fussy, lower maintenance, with a certain rustic charm. Trust me, pie wishes they could be as un-effortlessly cool as galette. It’s a sophisticated dessert one can whip up in an hour for a last-minute dinner […]

gum gum charlotte royale (blackberry and lemon)

gum gum charlotte royale (blackberry and lemon)

All this work for a damn cake with issues. Freshly released from the mold like some kind of ugly newborn, I realized with a quickly sinking heart that I was gonna need to pull out the flowers and piping bag to make this one presentable. […]

healthy mocha banana bread

healthy mocha banana bread

  This Korean supermarket my family frequents, H-Mart, has an ingenious way of getting rid of their aging, spotted bananas. Instead of tossing them in the trash, they sell huge boxes of these imperfect specimens for a bargain price. 10 bananas under a buck? Sign […]

brown butter millet cookies

brown butter millet cookies

  Have you heard of ASMR? Wikipedia defines it as an “experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine”. People in Korea and China combine mukbang—where […]

milk tea layer cake

milk tea layer cake

I’m eons late (as usual), but it was my birthday about 2 weeks ago, on the 15th of April! Every year, without fail, I make my own birthday cake. It’s one of the highlights of the year. For times sake, most other days I skip […]

healthy double chocolate tahini cookies

healthy double chocolate tahini cookies

  Let’s just get this straight. I didn’t set out to make these cookies “healthy”. And just my humble opinion, but desserts should always prioritize taste over health. That’s why they’re called desserts, after all. Better to eat a bite of one rich, decadent cookie […]