Brown Butter & Cinnamon Sweet Potato Challah Bread

Brown Butter and Cinnamon Round Shaped Sweet Potato Challah Bread Loaves |

I hope you all enjoyed last weekend, the most Fall-ish weekend yet! I hope you went apple picking and wore cozy sweaters and your favorite Fall boots. Maybe there were some cider doughnuts thrown in the mix. I hope you did everything you wanted to do and more.

Sadly, I did not have that kind of weekend. My Sunday night ended in tears, only because I am apparently overly sensitive and become unreasonably attached to fictional characters. I just have a lot of feelings, you guys.

Soft Sweet Potato Challah Bread Slices

As much as I want to forget about it, and feel slightly ridiculous talking about it, what I’m referring to is the first episode of The Walking Dead’s new season. For those of you who don’t watch it, you can skip ahead to all the challah-talk below. Continue reading

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio


It is never not carbs season in my household. I will eat carbs any time of the day because, let’s be honest, it puts me to sleep. Kids, if you’re reading this, let grandma Wei tell you that you sleep less and less as you become older. I’ve resorted to ingesting large quantities of pasta to help me fall asleep. Growing up is simply a series of adjustments.


These days, it’s nice to get back to the simpler things – things that you know are always going to be good and reliable. For many years, I have been making this spaghetti aglio e olio but I’ve strayed from it for a while. I think part of me straying from this easy pasta dish is because of the blog. For over two years now, I’ve wanted to make creative dishes or ones that are challenging to me. I’ve really tested my amateur baking skills and I’ve definitely found more excuses to experiment with pork belly. Continue reading

Purple Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting


Are you spooked?

Halloween is fast approaching, and as usual, I have no special plans. The last memorable Halloween I had was with Wei three years ago(!), when she picked me up from Flour Bakery after my late shift and we both threw on some dark lipstick for a night out on the town. Since then I’ve apparently become quite the old lady.


Luckily, my boyfriend is equally indifferent to Halloween so there won’t be any pressure to pick out “his and hers” costumes. However, we are also equally capable of consuming large amounts of chocolate. So while I’m not so concerned with the traditional Halloween festivities, I am definitely all about making some killer Halloween snacks for any friends who do decide to show up for some treats.


(Unless, of course, Wei wants to put on some lipstick and live it up like old times – in that case I’ll be right there with her. But that goes without saying.)

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Zucchini Leek Fritters


I am officially in hoodie and thick sweatpants mode and I love it. It’s like being wrapped by a thick reliable pillow 24/7. Good lounge wear is like the understanding boyfriend I never had. My gray hoodie and pajama bottoms are simultaneously my Netflix and cooking uniform. When in doubt, wear neutral colors.


With my cooking uniform on, it finally feels cool enough that standing next to a pan of hot oil before frying up something crispy actually sounds appealing. Besides, my thick gray uniform keeps the sizzling oil away from my skin. Netflix/food uniform/PJs/cooking armor – check it. Continue reading

5 Best Dessert Recipes for Fall

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I adore Fall. But what I love even more is the chance to finally bake all the things that make me feel the warm and fuzzies. ‘Tis the season for comfort food, and it’s something I look forward to all summer long.

But today, I must admit defeat.

I don’t want to ever lie to you and pretend that I have everything all together all the time. Or any of the time. Because I really, really don’t.

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