Coconut Semifreddo

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Today is a special day for a special person in my life; it is my mom’s birthday! And while she is thousands of miles away from me, I thought I would celebrate her birthday by making something she loves eating – Coconut ice cream. She may not get to try it anytime soon, but I would like to dedicate this post to her. Happy birthday mom!

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I like to think that this is going to make my mom really proud of me. As a kid, my mom really tried to get me to learn to cook. She would push me to help her out in the kitchen and I absolutely hated it. Now, I have a food blog! Big leap.

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So today’s post is about Coconut Semifreddo. Semifreddo is an Italian word that means ‘half cold’. It is a name given to semi-frozen desserts. Now the great thing about this dessert is that it does not require an ice cream machine! I adopted this recipe from Nigella Lawson’s no churn ice cream . It is amazing that such an easy recipe creates a mouth watering, creamy and rich dessert. FullSizeRender Continue reading

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Strawberry Mint Lemonade

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I know complaining about the Texas heat is not going to make it any better, but when the temperatures cross 100 degrees, you need something to cool you down. Perfect solution: Strawberry Mint Lemonade.

FullSizeRender(2)I have made this Strawberry Mint Lemonade a few times now, and find it to be really refreshing. Not to forget the health benefits of lemons including strengthening your immune system and as a blood purifier.

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This recipe is decently easy except of squeezing the fresh lemon juice. I found that to be quite of a workout of its own! If anyone has suggestions on the easiest way to do so, please do tell. Otherwise, I hope this recipe helps you beat the heat too!

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Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa

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The first time I tried lettuce wraps was at one of my favorite restaurants, P.F Chang’s. Their vegetarian lettuce wraps are delicious with the softness of tofu and the crunchiness of water chestnuts. It’s the perfect balance. However, for my lettuce wraps, I decided to use some of the fresh summer vegetables and fruits in the market.
FullSizeRender(1)I decided to top my tofu lettuce wraps with a mango salsa but added in some Serrano peppers to bring some heat. It created a delightful combination of sweet and savory.

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These tofu lettuce wraps with mango salsa create a vibrantly colored light summer meal. Give them a try and share your experience!

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Orange and Almond Verrine

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This is not my first attempt at a food blog. A couple of years ago, I started sharing some of my recipes but stopped when MBA and work took a toll on me (yes, I know, these are just excuses!). However, I hope to be better at it this time and follow through.

As my comeback, I decided to go with something sweet. Who doesn’t like dessert? Especially something cool and delicious to beat the summer heat.

Verrine is a french word that means small glass. They give you the opportunity to serve individual desserts. Verrines bring an interesting spin to presentation; the containers can be anything from shot glasses to coffee cups. Glass verrines allow you to display the various textures and layering in your dessert. In short, it is a great way to serve creamy desserts.

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 This recipe shows you how to make an enjoyable Orange and Almond yogurt cup. It is a great summertime dessert made with fresh oranges!

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