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Chocolate Fondue

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My girls invited their friends over for a Valentine’s day get together. Aside from the savory dishes I served, I made them Chocolate Fondue for dessert as a special treat. For the dippers, I chose a combination of fruits and sweet snacks. My choices were strawberries, pineapple, bananas, strawberry and regular flavor marshmallow and wafer sticks. There are so many things you can try and use to make an awesome chocolate fondue. Some ideas would be kiwi, apples, melon and even dried fruits, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, pretzels, cinnamon sticks, mini…read more

Croissant Ice Cream Sandwich

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I got the idea for this dessert from the memories of food from my childhood. In certain parts of Asia, ice cream sandwich is literally served in between slices of bread. Did you know that ice cream carts in the Philippines serve this dairy treat sandwiched inside bread buns or pandesal ?! This is not uncommon in Southeast Asia, Singapore’s ice cream vendors scoop their ice cream on multi-colored pandan bread. Thailand, has their own version too as described in this site. The Vietnamese make theirs by scooping it onto…read more

Apple Crisp

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We have an abundance of apples right now since we went apple picking over the weekend. During this time of the year I usually make apple crisp and not apple pie, for one it’s a lot easier to make and second it’s what my family loves. I did not make this myself this time since I am still recovering from a medical procedure I had early this Fall. My sister made this apple crisp and I just helped her out. To make, start by peeling your apples. Then core and…read more

Cassava Cake

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Cassava cake is a popular snack in the Philippines. It is one of the many traditional sweets often sold in street stalls and markets. It’s main ingredient is “cassava” or what we call in Tagalog kamoteng kahoy. Cassava is made into various sweets and delicacies like suman, nilupak, minatamis to name a few. The first time I made Cassava cake was way back in college. I wasn’t sure exactly what I did wrong but it was a disaster. That put me off making Filipino sweets and desserts. I finally mustered…read more

Green Tea Frappuccino

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Our family loves anything Green Tea, be it ice cream, cakes, chocolates, drinks, sweets or just plain hot tea. I believe the first time I had a green tea frappuccinno was at starbucks several years back when they only offer it during the summer. Nowadays, it is something that they serve year round. I seldom get this drink from them because of the high calorie content of most of these blended drinks. I recently found out that this is really easy to make and you can make a healthier version…read more

Halo-Halo (Filipino Shaved Ice Dessert)

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Halo-Halo for me is the quintessential Filipino dessert. It is the perfect summer time treat, but given the tropical weather in the Philippines it is available all throughout the year. This is my all time favorite treat, but I still have to find a place in the Northeast that serves a really good one. This shaved ice treat is not exclusive to the Philippines. Countries is Asia each have their own version. Japan has Kakigori, Korea calls it Patbingsu, Malaysia and Singapore serves Ais Kacang. Halo-Halo literally means “to mix”…read more

S’mores

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S’mores (coined from the words some more) are traditionally made over campfire, or a barbecue grill these days. It is a treat made up of toasted marshmallow and chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers. I made ours using the toaster oven. It’s so easy and less messy to do. You will need graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bar. I got the square marshmallows because it is easier to handle in the toaster oven plus you will get a nice and evenly balanced s’more in the end. Just place a…read more

Avocado Shake

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Growing up, avocado is always served and eaten as a sweet. This is something that most people in Southeast Asia would agree to. I remember having chilled avocado as a snack or dessert just scooped and mashed, served with milk and sugar or sometimes condensed milk. That is why it took me sometime to finally eat avocado in a savory form such as guacamole, a sandwich filling or an addition to salads. Making a shake out of avocado is nothing unusual in the part of the world where I grew…read more

Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich

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Haagen Dazs in Japan introduced a Crispy ice cream sandwich in three different flavors last June. The one that immediately caught my attention was the Green tea. I know that this would not be available here in the Northeast anytime soon. So, I thought of making my own version of it. Photo via Häagen-Dazs Japan Facebook page Green tea ice cream is readily available in any grocery store since Haagen Dazs carries that flavor. I did have to put thought into the kind of cookie I will be using since…read more

Easter Treats

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I have made chocolate dipped strawberries for various holidays and occasions in the past years. This particular treat is now a favorite of mine. I have always used Ghirardelli candy making and dipping bar till I discovered Candiquick. This candy melting chocolate gives great consistency and finish and is not difficult to handle. For this recipe, I used a package of strawberries, vanilla candiquick and orange gel food coloring. Melt candiquick according to package directions. Add your food coloring and stir until you get your desired color. Dip your strawberries…read more