Coconut Buttermilk Cake

I got this recipe for Coconut Buttermilk Cake from Gonna Want Seconds in my inbox.  I have some leftover buttermilk from St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d use it to make this cake.  I didn’t put coconut on top, and I didn’t have coconut extract.  But this cake turned out delicious anyway.  It’s so moist and fluffy.  And yes, we did want seconds!



Monsanto’s Roundup Probably Causing Cancer

A panel of experts for the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that a number of pesticides are “probably” causing cancer in humans.  One of them is glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.  You can tell the EPA to ban glyphosate here.

Macaron Day 2015

Today is Macaron Day 2015.  Today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can get a free macaron at participating pastry shops.  Some shops include my favorites Francois Payard, Epicerie Boulud, Bouchon Bakery, Spot Dessert Bar, Sugar and Plumm, but there are many more.  For any additional macarons that you buy, a portion of the proceeds go to City Harvest, fighting hunger in NYC.


St. Joseph’s Day Sfinge and Zeppole

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!  I got some sfinge and zeppole to celebrate the day.


To read more about them, check out my other blog posts on St. Joseph’s Day.


Pie for Pi Day!

I have been wanting to make this triple coconut cream pie from Seattle’s dahlia bakery for quite some time now–what a better excuse than pi day!  A friend brought me back this cookbook from her trip to Seattle.  She had this pie at the bakery and said it was one of the best pies she’s ever had.


If you love coconut, you will love it too.  It’s got coconut in the crust.  It’s filled with a coconut custard and topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut.  Yum!  It takes a while to make this pie–because everything is from scratch, but it’s worth it.  The recipe can also be found online here.

Golden Breakfast Porridge (Kaachi)

I’d been wanting to try this golden breakfast porridge (kaachi) from Honest & Tasty since I read about it last year.  It looks warm and comforting for the cold days we are having now.  Her photos make it look enticing too.  My photo doesn’t do it justice.  I used grass-fed butter and didn’t add the turmeric because I was cooking for two (and the other person wouldn’t have liked it).  So it is missing that lovely golden color.  The consistency is like creamy mashed potatoes, and the flavor is like farina.  I like my farina with butter, so I ate the kaachi with only butter and a sprinkle of sugar.  Definitely a heart-warming dish for the winter!

kaachi, porridge

How to Get Free Onigiri at Wasabi Sushi & Bento

From February 18 through 28, the NYC location of Wasabi Sushi & Bento is celebrating its first birthday by giving away free onigiri to any customer who tags a photo @Wasabi_NYC!  Just show your post at checkout.