Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Growing up in Atlanta, an order of lemon pepper chicken wings was one of my favorite meals. I could usually find these citrusy, pepper-spiked drummies on almost any menu. It's a love I share with my mom, and every time I'm home we like to order some and pig out at home. But since i moved to St Louis, I can't seem to find the perfect lemon-pepper wing in town, so I decided to make my own, which is probably a healthier option anyway.

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Ice Cream swirled with crushed Macarons

Ice Cream swirled with crushed Macarons

"I swirled raspberry macarons, pistachio nutella macarons, and some lemon macarons into vanilla ice cream and the results were fantastic. We couldn't stop sneaking bites of it and it's fun to have such contrasting flavors, but of course feel free to use just one kind and into any kind of ice cream. I've always been a fan of vanilla ice cream with chocolate or other flavors swirled in, as opposed to chocolate ice cream."

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

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I know many people think it is just a red-dyed chocolate cake but it actually has just a little bit of cocoa, putting it in between a vanilla and a chocolate cake (but leaning more towards chocolate, of course). Ultimately it's the combination with tangy cream cheese frosting that sets it apart from the other flavors. 

Most places ruin it by making the frosting so sweet that you can't even taste the tang, which I think is quite important in terms of enjoying a red velvet cupcake. IDK, I just love it, you guys."

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Green Tea Nun's Puffs

Green Tea Nun's Puffs

"Typically these are served as a savory breakfast treat with jams or honey. I wanted to try them as a dessert, though, so I added some sugar to the dough. Since these were served after an Asian-inspired meal, I carried that influence to dessert by adding matcha powder and sprinkling it with black sesame seeds. A final flourish of pearl sugar added the best crunch."

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Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame Noodles

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In our household, Joe always wants Indian food whereas I'm constantly craving Asian food.

I grew up eating the Indian version of Chinese food in India, which was deliciously spicy but not very authentic (Joe is very tickled by the Indian concept of Chinese food, he loves it). Then I moved to the US and embraced the American version of Chinese food. I haven't had it in ages but I still ache for some classic chicken fried rice or some lo mein, every now and then. "

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