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It was about 10-15 years ago that I’ve first tasted a white chocolate, macadamia nut cookie.  It was one of those weekends when my momma decided to take me shopping.  We were both at a shopping high from buying beautiful clothes for a great price, so we decided to take a break with some cookies and hot cocoa (and coffee for my momma).  Never saw a cookie with white chocolate and macadamia nut in it… always thought you could only get macadamia nuts when a friend or family member comes back from Hawaii.

At my first bite, I was an instant fan.  Melted chocolate, crunchy nut, chewy insides… and they were bite-sized!  My fingers reached for the bag as soon as I put one in my mouth and in matter of seconds, they were gone.  That is the day I swore that someday I’ll make limitless batches of these cookies so that I would never be disappointed in an empty cookie bag.  And only a year ago did I even try to mimic the perfect white chocolate, macadamia nut cookie in my kitchen.  This is so easy to make, I don’t know why it took me so long to even try.  Tastes just the way I remembered it… chocolatey, crunchy, and chewy.  Yum!

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I’ve been in a really good mood this week ever since I got the mail from the Ellen Degeneres Show!  Can’t wait to go and see her!  & dance!  & laugh!  Will do a full recap of my experience after it airs!

Thank you very much.  & God bless.

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In preparation for my niece’s first birthday, I asked her mother what flavor cupcakes I should make for the party.  She immediately responded with “Chocolates!”.  Now, who doesn’t love a great chocolate cupcake… but I knew for sure that a chocolate cupcake would hide away the pretty designs on the cupcake liners.  & of course, the mother wanted pink everywhere~  So, a lighter cupcake base was more ideal than a darker one.

My mom suggested making a white chocolate cupcake so that everyone would be happy and I thought a natural pink frosting was the way to go.  I experimented with the recipes and finally came up with this!

While the cupcakes were cooling, I’ve noticed that the cupcakes were a bit dense than a normal cupcake, so I thought I should try filling the cupcakes with raspberry filling.  Make sure to chill the raspberry filling before filling the cupcakes with it.

 

Once the cupcakes are filled, it’s time to make the frosting!

Since the cupcakes were to be enjoyed in such a special occasion, I thought it was ideal to to use a special technique I learned online to frost the cupcakes!  They look like mums!  YUM!  c:

Now, they are perfect the way it is… but my little niece is such a princess.  I had to top it off with the princess toppers!  (the cupcake liners & the the princess toppers were a set at Sur La Table.)

My cousin and his wife are real simple people.  They didn’t want a whole shabang at a banquet hall or any restaurant like most Koreans.  & they surely didn’t want their second child(Kailyn)’s 1st birthday to outshine their first child(Eileen)’s 1st birthday, so we held it at their humble home… with only family and couple friends.  It took me 4 hours to decorate and set up the table.  Don’t know why it took so long in such a small area to decorate, but it did.  The streamers in the back probably took the longest.  But I’m glad my cousin, his wife, and both of his daughters (Eileen&Kailyn) loved it.  & the cupcakes were a great success!  Will definitely make these again~

Happy Birthday Kailyn!

Thank you very much.  & God bless.

About a year ago… my cousin, Sally, moved into a new condo close to my apartment.  The first thing my cousin and I looked at was this perfect new oven in a perfect kitchen.  And as we were waiting for the movers to come, we talked and talked about what we could make… and one of the first thing in mind was a perfect brownie.  A chewy, chocolatey-rich brownie that would perfectly pair off with a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

The first time we made this brownie, we cut into 9 big squares and immediately doubled our bowl of ice cream into a tub of ice cream.  Each square over-powered our taste buds with deep chocolate flavors and sweet goodness, all we could slur out was: 오~달ㄹㄹㄹ아ㅏㅏㅏ~ (oh~darrrahhhh~; meaning:oh~ sweet~)  Although the brownie was perfect in every way, it was to be enjoyed in bite size portions.  To this day whenever we crave a brownie, we simply look at each other and slur out 오~달ㄹㄹㄹ아ㅏㅏㅏ~.

Do not disregard this recipe because it sounds too sweet for comfort.  I’ve shared these brownies with many people and ALL have kindly responded with great reviews.  Some have even said it is the best brownie they have ever tasted.  So, do not fret and g’luck!

Thank you very much. & God bless.

Couple years ago, my momma and I were shopping at Whole Foods… & we came to a stop at the bread corner and my momma immediately picked up a package of corn bread.  I’ve always referenced corn bread as a Southern comfort food that pairs with some really great chili.  Never did I think that my 100% Korean momma would love corn bread.  She dislikes many non-Korean dishes… or she usually needs a little dose of kimchi after an experience with new cuisines.  So, for my momma to be excited about corn bread was a surprise.

I asked her how the heck she knows about corn bread… and why she likes it.  She told me that when she was growing up in Korea (years after the Korean war), American soldiers who were still stationed in Korea gave out corn breads to children.  She remembers the gritty cornmeal in the bread and how dry it was.  My momma told me that corn bread is one the things she can’t forget.  & she clearly pointed out that Whole Foods corn bread was way too over-priced.  So, knowing me… I went on the look-out for a corn bread recipe.

I was looking for some-what of a moist and semi-sweet corn bread… way different from a true Southern corn bread.  (Southern corn bread recipes do not add sugar what-so-ever and it’s usually baked in a skillet.)  I’ve found a recipe that looked promising and let my momma and all her brothers (my uncles) try it out.  They loved the corn bread, but they immediately pointed out that it needed more cornmeal!  So, I adjusted the recipe and even made it in a muffin pan for portion control.  Now, it’s a family favorite!  Enjoy~

Thank you very much. & God bless.