Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Gelato

My friend Kumi (from Japan!) called this authentic (holy smokes!). She said, “I feel this is what stores buy in Japan, then they dilute it with milk and resell to the customer to make money. Now it’s like I get to eat the stock.” Yep, it’s that intense. Real deal or bust. There’s one whole cup …

Red Bean Sticky Rice Cake

Red Bean & Walnut Sticky Rice Cake | 红豆核桃年糕 | Gluten Free

I missed celebrating Chinese New Year in China this year because when I booked my flight, I googled “Chinese New Year 2015” instead of 2016… Mom said, “Well, at least you’ll be here for the day we eat round things.” As consolation, I baked a big tray of these red bean and walnut sticky rice squares …

Sweet Potato Teff Muffins

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Teff Muffins | Gluten Free + Dairy Free

These muffins are made with teff flour, a super nutritious little grain, and covered in crunchy maple pecans, with an almost custard-like crumb that makes them taste like sweet potato pie in a muffin. I don’t know the shelf-life of these muffins because I got a text the day after I made them saying “P.S. …

Cashew Cheesecake

Blackberry Cashew “Cheesecake” | Vegan + Gluten Free

From top to bottom, we’ve got a tart, jammy blackberry layer, a cashew cream layer, and a rich, dense brownie bottom layer. 100% vegan and almost raw. The only cooking we’re going to do is quick-jam some frozen blackberries, but first, two things. One is that these are really great frozen for a bit, then …

Taro Soup 芋头汤

Taro Soup | 芋头汤 | Yu Tou Tang

Creamy, chunky taro makes one of my favorite wintertime soups, and with just 2 ingredients, plus some herbs, it’s hard to believe such a simple, vegetarian, and fat free soup could taste so rich, almost meaty… Is that weird to say coming from a vegetarian?? It’s all due to the taro root. If you think …

Cacao Banana Buckwheat Snack Cake

Cacao Banana & Buckwheat Snack Cake | Gluten Free

When I asked for cocoa the first time I was in the Dominican Republic back in March, I got a blank stare. Store clerks just shook their heads. What the heck, I thought, I know they have it. Chocolate, vanilla, and rum were abundant here. “Ahhhhh! CaCAO,” someone finally said. It looked like cocoa powder to …