Cream Puffs with Chocolate Pastry Cream

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Cream puffs and I have deep and long history. For most kids in the U.S., the cupcake is the go-to for sweet comfort food snacks, but that wasn’t the case for me. No, the cream puff was my childhood indulgence. My parent’s had a shop next door to a Vietnamese and French bakery. Growing up, I was taught to be frugal at a young age, and at 35 cents each, the cream puff was the perfect answer to my cheap sweet tooth.

In this recipe, I’m using a classic chocolate pastry cream for the filling. The pate choux pastry recipe is from Edible Memories, who I believe references Williams-Sonoma.

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Please vote for my photo in the Nugget Markets’ Cookie Decorating Photo Contest! No login required!

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Yep, I entered yet another photo contest. Please vote for my photo and share with your friends on your social media accounts. Any help would be very much appreciated!

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Chocolate Cream Pie

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So I suppose you can make a decent chocolate cream pie using a store-bought crust, with store-bought instant chocolate pudding mix, and store-bought cool-whip, but…if you want a delicious and decadent chocolate cream pie that you can brag about (because you made it from scratch), then I highly suggest this recipe.

We all remember that chocolate cream pie quote from Julie & Julia don’t we? Well, if you don’t, here it is again:

“You know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That’s such a comfort.”

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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Choc Chip Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is a fairly new discovery. This past spring, I took a road trip down to San Diego, or “San Diagooo” as Ron Burgundy calls it. I was travelling with a few buds and stayed at a friend’s house in Carlsbad. Augusta, my friend’s grandmother, was our incredibly sweet host and on our arrival, she made the best pumpkin bread I’ve ever had! Moist, decadent, and filled with yummy spices, this pumpkin bread had fast-forwarded me to Fall.

With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas on the horizon, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to bake up this amazing pumpkin bread. Lucky for me, Augusta was kind enough to let me jot down the recipe and I was surprised to learn how easy the steps were. I changed it up a bit and added chocolate chips, streusel, and icing, because you know, there wasn’t enough sugar already ;)

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Bulgogi

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Bulgogi

Today I’d like to talk briefly about the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. You know when you learn of something new and then all the sudden, you see it everywhere? That’s the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. And that’s exactly what happened when I was introduced to this delicious type of Korean barbecued meat by a friend about 2 years ago. I had never heard of Bulgogi before then and now it’s everywhere! I’ve seen Bulgogi in tacos, burritos, and even hamburgers (proof). I can’t help but wonder if it’s always been around, and I’m just noticing it, or if it’s one of those food trends that come and go. Either way, it’s delicious and I’m so glad I didn’t go through life not knowing what Bulgogi is.

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Nutella Macarons

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Nutella Macaron

Life has been crazy busy, let me tell you. I’ve been MIA lately I know; though I doubt anyone is uber upset about it. Let me just list a few things that have been going on: Jonah threw me a surprise birthday party, yes, I’m quite the lucky girl! He got me ukulele, which I’ve been practicing daily! I’ve been working crazy hours at the office (60 hours last week). Jonah over went PRK eye surgery. We’re remodeling the bedroom; I’m sleeping on the living room floor til we get it finished. And, let’s see…oh, I ran the Sacramento Color Run this past Saturday with my MoH!

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Ahi Tuna Salad with
Soy Ginger Reduction & Wasabi Aioli

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Ahi Tuna
Hi all! I apologize for being MIA and not posting as much lately. Life’s been a bit hectic, in a good way, trust me!

Let’s see, where to start?

Flora Ad Contest Design Cream

I entered a “Design Our Ad” contest from Flora for a chance to win $10,000. I’m in 5th place so far. I already know what I’d do with the money if I won: half would go towards the wedding and the other half would go towards a down payment on a new home! Here’s dreaming…If you could take a moment to VOTE for me, I would be eternally grateful! Voting is done by going to the page and using the social media buttons (below the design ad) to like it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Here’s the link–>

http://www.floressencecream.com/portfolio/entry-69-votes-0/
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Midtown Farmers Market

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I was so excited when I heard Midtown Sacramento started their own weekly farmers market! Jonah and I decided to stop by and checkout the goods. We were not disappointed! We even came away with some delicious cherries and apricots! Yerrrmmm!

Here are some pics from our visit.

Sugar Plum Vegan Bakery
The good Folks at Sugar Plum Vegan Bakery!
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No-Churn Lemon Chiffon Ice Cream

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So I discovered an amazing and simple way to make ice cream a few months back. As someone who doesn’t own an ice cream maker and as someone who just likes simple no-fuss cooking, finding this method of ice cream making was like finding the holy grail of chilled desserts!
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Heart goes out to Massachusetts & Texas

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I was going to post a recipe but it didn’t feel quite right.

This week, too many lives have been lost, too much pain has been inflicted, and many tears have been shed.

I wanted to use this post to encourage others to share their love and pray for the victims of this week’s tragic events.

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