Recipe 60: Perfect Cinnamon Rolls


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I have this long-standing rule in my home that if I want something that is unhealthy, I can have it, but I have to make it myself. Often, the most unhealthy things tend to take the longest to make. So if my desire for a treat overwhelms my laziness to make it, then I make the concession of allowing myself to enjoy the fruits of my labor, hehe. This desire was for a giant, gooey cinnamon roll that rivals that of Cinnabon.

The results were perfect.

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Recipe 59: Dolsot Bibimbap (Korean Food)


When I started working at my biotech job about a year ago, I was introduced to my first taste of Korean food via a dish called Dolsot Bibimbap.

Bibimbap (“bee-beem-bop”) is a combination of rice, sauteed vegetables, and an egg yolk cracked on top (with the intention of mixing it together with the other steaming ingredients) to make a sort of delicious fried rice type dish.

But it gets better.

When you add “dolsot” to the front, it now comes served in a flaming-hot stone/clay pot that causes the rice to become crispy and crackly at the bottom. My favorite version comes with beef. Paired with soy sauce and Sriracha or sweet chili paste, this dish is sure to kick some butt both flavor and uniqueness departments.

While the equipment needed is a little tough to find (dolsot bowls from a Korean market and hot tongs), the dish is worth it and the bowls are inexpensive (about 5$ each here in the bay area).

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Recipe 57: Wild Blackberry & St. Germaine Jam


 

Ladies & gents, making jam is much easier than it appears. And lets be honest, those store-bough jars can’t hold a candle to pure, fresh, and designer jams you make yourself. This is one of my first attempts, and it was a raging success!

Fragrant, tangy, and with just enough sweetness, this jam recipe can’t be beat. Since we picked them wild near our place in the bay area, we didn’t need to add as much sugar as they were pretty sweet enough!

The addition of St. Germaine elderflower liqueur brings out the natural floral quality of this jam, and the lemon zest balances out the sweetness by kicking up the tangy notes leaving a bright and fragrant mixture. You can find St. Germaine at most grocery/beverage stores. (It’s a very pretty bottle, too! hehe)

Onto the recipe. ^_^

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53: Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints® Recipe


Nothing beats the refreshing-yet-decadent taste of one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies. Though I don’t usually like chocolate and peppermint, these are special. I look forward to cookie season so I can keep a box in my freezer until temptation kicks in. Since there are no cookies to be found (yet), I decided to try my hand at some homemade ones.

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49: Simple Chocolate Chip Scones (that will make you the popular one). ;)


This recipe is simple. It’s a “pile everything into a bowl” type of recipe, minus the initial “blending” of the cold butter into the dry ingredients (much like a pie crust). The trick is adding just enough buttermilk until the dough just starts to pull together. I used my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment to bust it out.

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**Happy Anniversary!!**Recipe 46: Dark Chocolate Espresso Cake


Today marks 1 whole year from my very first post here at Greenhorn Gourmet. I’m so happy! This year has really flown by. This website started as a post-final exams stress reliever, and it took forever to figure out the details. By the time it was launched, I had probably about a million ideas for recipes. Whittling them down and working through different cameras and kitchens, we’re better than ever.

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Recipe 43: Sweet Potato Bread


Sweet potato bread is basically an excuse to eat pound cake. It’s dense and rich, but has a whole lot of sweet potato in it, so you don’t feel as bad about eating half a loaf. Much like banana bread, this recipe relies on a nice slow cooking time which results in a sweet crust and a dense crumb. Dusted with powdered sugar or just straight-up, this is a keeper.

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