Creating food masterpieces in the kitchen is such a gratifying hobby. It’s so engaging that I get annoyed when I have to leave the kitchen to look up a fact or conversion. I needed to sit down and write a cheat sheet for all the facts and conversions for which I’m constantly looking. Hurray! It’s finally here– five different cheat sheets that we find most helpful in our household. I am excited to share the information I have learned as personal chef, caterer, and bakery owner to help you in the kitchen and for your next party.
Would you like to elevate the sweet potato dish that we all know and love to new levels? We see a lot of more traditional versions this time of the year–you know the one I’m talking about with the sweet potatoes and marshmallows on top, right? I had an epiphany! I could make the marshmallow fluff on top and pipe it in a way to look like a gorgeous meringue topping. You have several options with this dish like leaving off the marshmallow fluff, buying marshmallow fluff, piping on the marshmallow fluff or simply spreading it on creating nice peaks.
In the fall, I begin feeling giddy. I love fall festivities, but I also know that Christmas is approaching. Decorating the house with Christmas decorations and making cookies fills the house with warmth. Even though I’m an adult, I feel that magical feeling of Christmas that I felt as a child. In this post you will discover our unique Christmas card, our Christmas dinner feast and table-cape, and our method to make cookies ahead of time.
We grow a serious amount of citrus in the Lam household. During both lemon and lime season, we’re continually scratching our heads to determine how we can use up all our citrus. My son is a budding entrepreneur; we thought it would be fitting to squeeze all the lemon juice and build a lemonade stand for him!
I love a decadent treat as much as anyone else, but I also know that I cannot eat treats every day. Monday through Friday, I attempt to eat very clean and stick to my exercise schedule. I’m not a dietician or a personal trainer, but I have lost 60 pounds and have kept it off for a couple of years. Below you will find my favorite smoothie recipe that I have four mornings of each week.
A friend was celebrating her daughter’s 1st birthday. Her vision was to create a garden full of cupcakes that reflected her color scheme. She had an array of pastel colors which included pale pink, violet, and white. She enlisted me to create flowers on top of her cupcakes. The cupcakes and all the other details of this party were so special!
Cupcakes have so much potential to be spectacular and are FAR less work than a cake. So… have fun with your cupcakes and show off your beautiful color scheme and theme of your party. Feel free to buy cupcakes, frosting, or the embellishments for the top of the cupcake.
My favorite bento box treat… Octopus hot dogs! Hot dog octopuses create the most clever sea-themed lunch! Of course, I had to include goldfish with the octopuses. Edamame steamed with a little sea salt gives your kids healthy options in their lunches. My children love edamame, and I’ll bet yours would too!
Before diving into this project let’s break it down. Brie is a type of soft cheese and en croute simply means wrapped in pastry. The phonetic pronunciation is bree on kroot. A brie en croute consists of a round of brie cheese, topped with jam, and then wrapped in puff pastry. Place all of these components in the oven. The brie cheese gets soft and melty and the pastry gets brown and crispy… Yum! Making a brie en croute is such a fun way to personalize your food for a party. Since we had an UP party, we wanted to make this Brie En Croute with the UP letters. The possibilities for letters and symbols are endless!
What is impressive about this menu is that everything tastes wonderful at room temperature; you don’t have to worry about serving things piping hot on the table or at your picnic. You can make a great deal of this menu ahead of time and assemble the sandwiches the morning of your event.