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Spring Fever and Happy Friday

February 20 , 2015 by Hong - in Flowers, Weekend

Seattle lately is a palette of pink and gray. I’m loving the splash of color and peeks of Spring. Sunnier days and warmer weather is just around the corner. So here’s to cheering on Spring. and Happy Friday!

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Happy Year of The Goat

February 19 , 2015 by Hong - in Food, Holiday

Happy New Year! We’re celebrating the Goat this year and I have a great savory recipe to get your year started off on the right hoof. I grew up eating congee regularly. I know it as the Vietnamese version of chicken soup. My mother made it all throughout the year and dressed it up for […]

Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake and 65 Years

October 13 , 2014 by Hong - in Birthdays, Food

My mother’s 65th birthday was this past weekend. I made this delectable coconut cake which I then proceeded to eat for several days afterwards. I guess that’s one of the dis/advantages to hosting a party, you get to eat all the leftovers. I was amazed though by how much better this cake was the next […]

Blueberry Lemon Tart

August 06 , 2014 by Hong - in Food, Places

I recently discovered a blueberry farm within 20 minutes of our home. Can you believe that? If you live in Seattle you must check out this place. Right smack in the middle of the city, several acres of blueberries. What a treat! It was quite a warm day out so we didn’t last too long. […]

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Summer is officially underway and what a better way to celebrate than to utilize the abundance of seasonal fruits. The boys, my sister, and I recently went raspberry picking and came home with an entire flat of berries. It was a beautiful day out on the farm but we only lasted about an hour in […]

Vanilla Mascarpone Panna Cotta

Vanilla Mascarpone Panna Cotta

June 16 , 2014 by Hong - in Food

Vanilla bean, marscapone, cream, and strawberries. Need I say more? This delectable dessert will be sure to earn you major points. I love serving these at intimate dinner parties because you can make them beforehand and dress them up right before serving. Doesn’t this just scream Summer?!   Vanilla Mascarpone Panna Cotta 1 pkg. plain […]

Happy Friday! Here’s a little sweet and savory¬† treat to start your weekend!   Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks) 1 c. brown sugar, packed 3/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 3/4 c. flour 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. fine gray […]

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Hello November! Here is a gorgeous cake to kick off a month of giving thanks. I initially came across this cake when my friend made it for her husbands birthday. My recipe was adapted from a hazelnut brittle version that she had made. I decided not to add the hazelnut brittle because 1) my family […]

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Tulip Festival

April 17 , 2013 by Hong - in Flowers, Places

Have you ever seen fields and fields and fields of tulips? Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Well,¬† just an hour and a half from Seattle is the Skagit Valley and every year from April 1st -30th hundreds of thousands of people flock to this tourist destination. It’s kind of a Hello to Spring! Although I’ve been […]

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Hello Spring Cake

March 20 , 2013 by Hong - in DIY, Food, Inspiration

The first day of Spring here in Seattle was presented with gusty winds, rain, sleet and sunshine. Oh Hello Spring in Seattle! However, Spring’s arrival made me smile and so I decided to honor its presence with a pink ombre cake. Doesn’t that scream Hello Spring! Start with your favorite cake. Make sure to lay […]

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