recipe: sweet potato pineapple crumb pie

sweet potato pies are often enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinners but it never interested me. i enjoy sweet potato but often it is overdone with maple syrup and sugar that it tastes like inedible candy. but while i was browsing through the recipes on T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website, i came across a combination that intrigued me: sweet potato and pineapple. it sounded like something i could enjoy. Continue reading “recipe: sweet potato pineapple crumb pie”

recipe: apple banana pumpkin bread

since i enjoyed the filling in the apple banana pumpkin pie i made for k’s thanksgiving meal, i searched for another recipe that had all three fruits and came across this bread recipe. i enjoyed it and so did the family!

cooking tools

  • parchment paper
  • loaf pan
  • wire rack


  • 1 over ripe banana, peeled and mashed
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup of applesauce, extra if desired
  • 1 tsp of alcohol free vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 cup gluten free (oat) flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp of water or saved liquid

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recipe: apple banana pumpkin pie

it was a little tricky finding the right recipe to make pumpkin pie but with the plethora of recipes to be found online, i was able to mix and match one pumpkin pie recipe for the pie crust *see note 1 with a different pumpkin pie recipe for the filling *see note 2. i did make a few tweaks to both the crust and filling recipes to accommodate the food k has been introduced to so far.

cooking tools

  • large plastic bag
  • pie pan



  • ⅝ cup gluten free flour
  • pinch salt
  • 3 Tbsp applesauce
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp ice cold water or ice cold saved liquid


  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup organic applesauce
  • ½ medium ripe organic banana
  • ½ oz milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

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flex for the mussels, extend for the donuts

for my friend’s birthday, she chose flex mussels to celebrate. we started with the day’s specialty with fried oysters and pork belly. yum! then we chose the main meal: mussels! there were over 20 broths to choose from and a difficult choice it was! after much deliberation we each chose one: – funghi with wild mushrooms, double smoked bacon, garlic and cream – the mexican with chipotle adobo, chorizo and calimari – san danielle with prosciutto, caramelized onion, white wine, garlic – bruschetta with san marzano tomatoes, lobster, marinated tomato and crutons i loved the bruschetta mussels the most. the … Continue reading flex for the mussels, extend for the donuts

absorb the radiance

after dinner we came to Radiance Tea House & Books for dessert. we tried: Assorted Mochi Platter with 6 pieces of mochi: red bean, green tea, peanut, sesame, taro and mango mochi served with a tasting cup of dessert coffee drink Green Tea Scone with homemade green tea scone with whipped cream and homemade strawberry glaze Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with choice of cookie and and ice cream flavors the mochi was quite tender and delicious but the inside of mango and green tea mochi was flavored jelly, perhaps Americanized for non Asian customers. the ice cream sandwich was ok – … Continue reading absorb the radiance

no language necessary at broken english

UPDATE: CLOSED we were in cobble hill so m & i decided to try a nice looking restaurant called Broken English. specializing in seafood, we ordered the day’s specials: rissotto with squid ink with scallops, calamari, cherry tomato and shitaki mushroom and soft shell crab with yellow carrots, sauteed spinach with white wine caper sauce. they were both delicious! there was an abundance of seafood in the rissotto and as long as you don’t mind your mouth turning black, the flavor of the squid ink rissotto was awesome. then the soft shell crab, which is currently in season, with the caper … Continue reading no language necessary at broken english

momofuku milk bar

i have been a big fan of the momofuku restaurants so i was looking forward to trying momofuku milk bar! milk bar have both sweet and savory baked goods. unfortunately our first experience at milk bar was good and bad. m & i only had savory goods in this trip. we tried: bagel bomb: GOOD we had the bagel bomb with scallion and bacon cream cheese in the middle. it was fun to bite into the bagel and the cream cheese center in the center was warm. i would definitely get this again. pork bun: BAD! the pork bun was topped with pickled … Continue reading momofuku milk bar

journey to the center of the cookie

once in a while, i love a big warm soft chewy chocolate chip cookie and trader joe’s journey to the center of the cookie is all of that in one. coming in a frozen pack of two these jumbo cookies have to be nuked for 65 seconds and then it is chocolate gooey goodness! it’s a BIG cookie so you have to share it with someone – hopefully with someone with equal passion for soft warm chocolatey goodness! be careful about two things – one, you can’t eat it when it’s hard – definitely not out of the package. also, … Continue reading journey to the center of the cookie

broadway shake at tom’s diner

“da da da-ta, da da da-ta, da da da-ta da-ta da-ta … I am sitting, In the morning, At the diner, On the corner …” before Suzanne Vega’s hit song in the early 80s and the Seinfeld sitcom in the late 80s thru late 90s, lived a diner on a corner in the upper west side named Tom’s Restaurant. around since the 1940s, it is a popular place for hungry Columbia University students to eat and hang out – as well as – devoted fans and tourists to visit. i’ve had many meals there with some favorites including the cheese fries with gravy … Continue reading broadway shake at tom’s diner

living it up at pies ‘n’ thighs

m found this restaurant a while ago so when we finally planned a 2-part night with friends in billyburg, it was dinner at pies ‘n’ thighs, then games at barcade! what can i say about pies ‘n’ thighs but this: put your regular healthy diet to the side for the night and thoroughly dig into this decadent meal. while you can get other dishes, we all got a chicken box which comes with 3 pieces of chicken, biscuit or cornbread, and a side. let me begin with the sides. my favorites were the crazy mac and cheese with a squirt of … Continue reading living it up at pies ‘n’ thighs

lychee syrup jelly

you know those little lychee jelly cups you find in chinatown – the ones you have to be careful when you open bcuz juice will come squirting out and you don’t want to waste any of that flavor? i love love love them! but in absence of them, what can i do? then i thought, why not try making them myself? well, i tried two recipes – one with lychee puree and one with canned lychee syrup. in this trial, the canned lychee syrup jelly won out … maybe bcuz i tried the lychee puree jelly with canned lychees, not … Continue reading lychee syrup jelly