Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

Whenever I walk into a bakery the fruit tarts are always the first thing to catch my eye. Jewel-like berries sitting on a sweet cream cheese filling, and that flakey crust…le sigh. When we lived…

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Hazelnut, Honey, Sage, and Burrata Crostini

Hazelnut, Honey, Sage, and Burrata Crostini

I threw together this combination as an appetizer for our Easter Brunch this year, thought it sounded good and served it without tasting the final product. (Not a hosting best-practice mind you!) I came out…

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Easy Crème Brûlée

Easy Crème Brûlée

This was one of the first “fancy” recipes I mastered post-college, taken from Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris cookbook. I’ve made this so many times I’ve memorized the recipe but it never gets old! I…

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Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies

Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies

If a snickerdoodle cookie and shortbread had a baby, it would be this adorable sand dollar sugar cookie. They are the perfect sweet for a Hawaiian themed party like the one I designed here, or…

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The Perfect Pina Colada

The Perfect Pina Colada

Pina Coladas are my tropical drink of choice, so when I was asked to put together a Hawaiian-themed birthday party I knew we needed to prepare the perfect version for our signature drink. Since the…

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Eccentric Billionaire Cocktail

Eccentric Billionaire Cocktail

Ever since my best friend, Paige, introduced me to this drink at my 30th birthday, it’s been my go-to winter cocktail for large parties and casual get-togethers alike. Inspired by Employee’s Only’s Billionaire Cocktail, my…

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La Veranda’s Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe

La Veranda’s Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe

La Veranda’s Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls – Gỏi Cuốn (Serves 2) Rice Paper – 6 Pieces Mixed Herbs (Thai Basil, Mint, Cilantro, Perilla) – 40g Rice Vermicelli – 80g Cucumber, sliced – 40g Poached Pork…

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La Veranda’s Vietnamese Ginger Chicken Recipe

La Veranda’s Vietnamese Ginger Chicken Recipe

La Veranda’s Ginger Chicken – Gà Xào Gừng (Serves 2 as part of a shared meal) Chicken Breast, Boneless, Skinless, Sliced – 300g Ginger, Peeled – 150g Oyster Sauce – 1 teaspoon Dark Soya Sauce…

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La Veranda’s Vietnamese Hot Pot Recipe

La Veranda’s Vietnamese Hot Pot Recipe

La Veranda’s Seafood Hot Pot – Lẩu Hải Sản (Serves 2-4 as part of a shared meal) Prawns, Large, Shelled, Deveined – 200g Squid, Gutted, Peeled and Cleaned – 150g Baby Scallops – 100g Rice…

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