Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Want to give homemade granola over the holidays? Try making this variation of granola with the sweet aroma of cardamom. If you like the exotic flavor of cardamom, this will become your new favorite granola. To make this recipe easy I made my granola with already roasted cashews and pistachios and just added them at the end after the granola was toasted. Very easy and delicious this granola recipe is and if you love having granola with Greek yogurt in the mornings, then this will surely add an exotic twist to your morning granola routine. Give it a try! Continue reading Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann

Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann is an outstanding cookbook that I love to peruse through over the holidays and over the winter months. I love all the spectacular photography of a warm winter kitchen spilling over with baked goods, candles, and arts and crafts that are not cloyingly over-the top – but rather tastefully understated, yet warm and inviting at the same time. Continue reading Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Looking for a no-egg cookie recipe with the heavenly aroma of ginger and spices?  These fragrant and wonderfully spiced molasses crinkle cookies made with dark molasses and ginger are the ones to try. The only modification I made to this easy recipe from Molasses Crinkle Cookies by Jennifer Causey on Cooking Light Magazine. is adding 1/4 cup of chopped crystalized ginger in the dough and as garnish on the cookie. For an easy cookie recipe that tastes outstanding, give these a try! Continue reading Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Drops with Chrysanthemum Petals

Here is an easy recipe for dark chocolate flavored with candied ginger and orange peel. The flavors of orange and ginger are so good together in a ginger vanilla orange pound cake that I figured this flavor combination would taste awesome in dark chocolate as well. It’s delicious 😋. Then to add some fall color I sprinkled chrysanthemum petals which really transformed the chocolates into something beautiful. Try it! Continue reading Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Drops with Chrysanthemum Petals

Herbed Greek Yogurt with Crunchy Fruit & Granola

Our family loves Greek yogurt with berries and granola. It’s our go-to breakfast and many times we even have it as an afternoon snack too. With fall upon us and crunchy fruits like apples and persimmons in abundance let me share another variation of Greek yogurt parfait. This version perks up Greek yogurt with fresh herbs from the garden. Sweet herbs like mint and basil add a fresh unexpected surprise to the Greek yogurt when combined with crunchy fall fruits like apples, Asian pears, and persimmons. Then add a few raisins and fresh grated ginger, all topped with a dirzzle of honey. This will make a delicious fall-inspired crunchy Greek yogurt parfait. Continue reading Herbed Greek Yogurt with Crunchy Fruit & Granola

Rum Raisin Cake

I love Haagen Daz’s Rum Raisin ice cream – the original!  Hitesh and I have been hooked on this ice cream ever since we first met almost thirty years ago at University of Texas in Austin. Our inexpensive indulgence on our starving student’s budget was a pint of rum raisin ice cream that we would share and finish off in one go. Today, we feel guilty having more than a scoop of ice cream, we are much older and our metabolism has slowed down 😞 yet we can’t resist this ice cream.  Craving rum raisin ice cream but not wanting to stop by the grocery store and get some, I thought I would try making a rum raisin flavored cake. Why not?  It has all the rum and raisin flavor of the original ice cream but in a cake form.  The cake turned out awesome! If you like rum raisin ice-cream you will love this rum raisin cake. Give it a try! Continue reading Rum Raisin Cake

Lime Juice Bundt Cake

I usually don’t bother looking through a a department store magazine such as Costco’s, what could they possibly communicate except promote the products they are selling is what I used to think. Then my friend Basanthi shared a piece of chocolate cake she had made with avocado of all things! I asked her where she found this unique recipe and she said from the Costco Magazine. Continue reading Lime Juice Bundt Cake

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream is my daughter Rani’s creation who loves loves peanut butter and anything dark chocolate. If you like dark chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cups then this ice cream is for you. When I was making my dark chocolate cardamom ice cream, Rani came up to me and asked if she could make an ice cream with peanut butter – I told to her to go for it.  Rani’s ice cream creation has peanut butter melted with dark chocolate, honey and cream.  As if it doesn’t have enough peanut butter, Rani added more melted peanut butter and swirled it into the ice cream.  For a decadent peanut butter ice cream – give dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream a try!

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Banana Date Cake

Folks, do you love bananas and dates? Then this cake is for you. This banana cake has over 3 ripe bananas 🍌🍌🍌!!  The cake is moist from all the bananas and plump dates, nutty from the loads of chopped almonds, and earthy from the dark brown sugar. All these ingredients turn this into a gourmet tasting banana date cake. Continue reading Banana Date Cake