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Scrumptious Strawberry Muffins and Bread

I bought some beautifully ripe strawberries this morning and was inspired to make strawberry muffins.

You will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of All-Purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking  powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 1/4 cup milk, 2 large eggs lightly beaten, 1/2 pound (2 sticks) melted butter, 2 cups diced fresh strawberries, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl except sugar. Mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix until combined. Add sugar and strawberries and mix until combined. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees. The batter made 12 muffins and I also used a medium sized bread pan to make bread as well.

The muffins and bread were so delicious and the strawberries were juicy and so full of flavor. The hints of cinnamon provided a warm comfort throughout every bite. I delivered them to a few friends today as a nice surprise on this warm California day.

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Chicken Miyabi

One of my favorite dishes my mom makes is called Chicken Miyabi. Whenever I go back home, my friends all seem to become available for dinner so my mother can feed us all this delicious chicken. It is a win win for everyone since my mom loves to feed people and my friends only get to eat this specialty when I am in town.

My mom originally learned how to make this dish from my Auntie Joyce in Hawaii, where my mom was born and raised. I will post the steps below as well as photos, but am sadly not going to post the recipe. It is a family recipe and one that I prefer to keep secret and special. You start with fresh chicken breasts, cut into two inch cubes and lightly dredge them in flour. In the meantime, you prepare the sauce in which the chicken will take a short bath. It is a teriyaki sweet ginger sauce that simmers over low heat until ready for dipping. You will also need to prepare the oil for frying the chicken. We use two pans full of canola or vegetable oil at the right high heat. We lower about eight pieces of chicken in each pan and fry until they turn golden brown, while rotating them to ensure even cooking. Once the chicken is cooked through and the perfect golden brown color, my mom and I pull them out using tongs and soak them in the teriyaki sauce. The sauce is so deliciously absorbed into the crisp exterior flavoring the chicken in the perfect sweet sauce. We then place the chicken on paper towel lined plates to absorb the excess oil and keep the chicken crisp. We eat the chicken with white sticky rice and the combination is so good. It is not a seven course meal that is fancy, but rather the tastiest homemade meal of two things that will keep your taste buds craving more for weeks to come.

I was just home for the holidays and got to make this chicken with my mom and made great memories. It was as amazing as always and I promised to make it out here in LA so the people I care about most can try it.

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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are one of my favorite sweet treats. I like them to have a good amount of tartness and a sweet layer of powdered sugar on top. It is the clash of the tart and sweet all in one bite that I adore. My friend Anna makes the best lemon bars around and I was lucky enough to have them twice recently.

I have posted her recipe below and will be trying my hand at making these sweets soon.

Anna’s Lemon Bars

Ingredients:

Crust

1 c butter softened

1/2 c white sugar

2 c all-purpose flour

Filling

4 eggs

1 1/2 c white sugar

1/4 c plus 1 T all-purpose flour

2/3 c lemon juice

Topping

Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, blend all crust ingredients together and press into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Anna used Pyrex.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

In another bowl, whisk together the sugar and flour for filling until mixed. Then whisk in eggs and lemon juice until incorporated. Pour over baked crust.

Bake for an additional 20 minutes and let completely cool. The bars will firm up as they cool.

Once completely cool, dust with powdered sugar. Cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy the tart, rich perfection these lemon bars provide.

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Milk Jar Cookies- Cookie Heaven

My friend Light knows I love cookies. I love to bake them and eat them. He has even been lucky enough to be on my holiday cookie delivery list. Yes, I have a list and I actually drive them to each of my friend’s homes to personally deliver the little morsels of joy to them. 

Light had gone to a new cookie shop called Milk Jar Cookies. He ranted and raved about it and told me I must try it. I admit, I am a pretty tough critic when it comes to cookies, so I didn’t rush to get there. Well, a client of mine, Lindsey who works for E!, asked if we could have our meeting at Milk Jar Cookies. It is located near their offices on Wilshire and I decided it was the perfect excuse to try the cookies. 

Milk Jar Cookies is a small shop that is so cute and exactly what I would want a cookie shop to be. It is simple and sweet, with pretty little details that make all the difference. The color palette is pastels and natural wood, with chandeliers made out of old fashioned milk jars. This store is cute as a button and the cookies are amazing. I usually never like the cookies I try better than my own, so this really impressed me. 

The flavors are creative and the cookies are dense. They sell local roasted coffee and milk from a local dairy and serve the beverages in mason jars with colorful stripped paper straws. Ice cream from a local creamery is used for their ice cream sandwiches and can be ordered on the side. It is the perfect place to catch up with a girlfriend or bring your children for a special treat. They even deliver their cookies for gifts. I was so impressed I sent a dozen to a dear friend the next day. They have gift boxes starting at amounts of half a dozen up to four dozen. There is also a “Cookie of the Month” delivery option. Delivery is available to most destinations in the United States. 

My favorite flavor was the Chocolate Pecan Caramel. I have included a link to their website below where you can find the full list of flavors and ordering info. I recommend you drop by the shop if you find yourself in LA and enjoy these circle shaped sweet treats. 

Milk Jar Cookies 5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036  323-634-9800 http://www.milkjarcookies.com

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