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Green Tea Cheesecake

I’m not a believer in perfection, in life nor in the kitchen. Every endeavor we choose to undertake is an additional notch in our endless belts, a constant work in progress. That said, I present to you two things: my very first and very own Hungry to Happy recipe with all its dreaminess and tasty imperfections and a newly rejuvenated and more hopeful me, freshly graduated with a college degree and henceforth, thrust into the “real world.” Talk about accomplishments, these are huge notches for me!
Creamy, dreamy filling in-the-making!But alas, like all other works in progress, there’s always room for tapping, tweaking, and discovering. Case in point, this near-perfect Green Tea Cheesecake. After having baked more than a couple cheesecakes using a number of wonderfully decadent recipes in my not-so-lengthy lifetime, I decided to get experimental and forge my own. It was alluring with its creamy and earthy filling, rich and toasty crust, and tart and juicy raspberry, but it wasn’t perfect. To my utter horror and glee, it was baked for my first catering event (with the restaurant I represent) for an affluent group of socialites at an effulgent palace of a home. Despite the petrifying need for “perfection,” though imperative at that moment and in others, my minor shortcomings didn’t hinder my ability to learn, to succeed. Continue reading

Arroz con Leche

The Hawaiian sun has flown the coop, at the most inopportune time at that. We are officially halfway through Spring Break and instead of blaring sunlight and warm sand beneath our toes, we have gotten bitter winds and a reason to actually put our warmest boots on (yes, I guess that means wearing Uggs here right now isn’t so crazy after all – not that you would ever catch me doing it). To think, one of the few chances I have to allot myself beach time, I am bereft of some much needed sunshine. Trust me, you have not seen (nor want to see) my Casper-like skin tone. To avoid brooding over such fundamental matters, I have circumvented the issue of weather by keeping myself all nice and toasty with some befittingly created rice pudding.

Though there are countless variations of this Hispanic bowl of heaven, one thing is for certain: regardless of its ingredient nuances from Colombia to Peru or Mexico to Spain, each element coalesces into a marvelously warm and creamy treat. The simple yet addictive whole being much greater than the sum of its parts. Sun, shmun, who said having golden, sun-kissed bronze skin was fabulous anyway!
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