Chocolate Macarons

I’m quite late on the macaron bandwagon, I know, I know. But since I have a bit more free time during summer, I couldn’t resist diving into the macaron world to see what the hype is (or was?) all about. I have to say, I am not disappointed.

Chocolate Macarons | Nourish'Em

These babies are a lot of work, I admit, but the end results are totally worth it. My family, including my father, who does not have a sweet tooth at all, loved them. (He ate a dozen in a row!) I don’t really know if these are authentic or anything like what they taste in French bakeries–you know, like Pierre Hermé and Ladurée–but I know they sure taste great! ;)

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

It’s raining here.

I am currently visiting my parents in China for winter break. It doesn’t get very cold here in Shanghai, obvious by the fact that it is currently raining in January. I had a very not-white Christmas this year. I kind of miss the snow and ice.

So I baked something to remind myself of the below-zero temperatures, white rooftops, and snuggling with a romantic comedy while it blizzards outside. Meet Chocolate Crackle Cookies!

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

These cookies have a unique texture similar to brownies, cake-y on the inside but rather crunchy on the outside. Not only are they tasty (someone referred to them as chocolate “crack” cookies once), they are very pretty, don’t you think?

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Simply Apple Pie

Just because you’re busy busy busy… (Did I mention busy?) Doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the wonders of fall cooking.IMG_3160

I whipped this pie up with a roommate in less than an hour. With the help of two additional hands and pre-made pie crust, this dessert that is the epitome of fall is easy as… Yeah, you get the idea.

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Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Consider this as my apology for being MIA for the past two weeks…

Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

I think you will be very happy with this recipe. I was so surprised to find that it tastes nothing like a healthy dessert. Sometimes I like my muffins or bread to taste wholesome, to have it be obvious that there is whole grains, nuts, and seeds distributed throughout. But sometimes, I like a smooth, velvety, sweet texture that the traditional desserts have.

However, I always believe that you never have to sacrifice taste for health.

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Chicken & Kale (Or Whatever!) Bibimbap

When I have a lot of random leftover veggies in my fridge, this is my go-to recipe:

Chicken & Kale Bibimbap

This time, it was some carrots, broccoli, and kale! So I threw them in a stone bowl with some protein (chicken breast) and called it lunch. There really isn’t much else to be said about it. It’s simple, healthy, filling, and delicious. How much better can a homemade lunch get?

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