The Little Epicurean

Aug 09 2011

ICES 2011

It has been a while since I last posted because I was out in Charlotte, North Carolina for the ICES Convention.  ICES, short for International Cake Exploration Societe, is this great gathering of cake decorators and sugar artists from all over the world each summer to share and showcase their skills and trade with one

Aug 02 2011

Carrot Nut Cake

As a child I steered away from carrot cake.  There was no way I was going to eat vegetables for desserts.  Of course my mother tried to convince me that it tasted good, just as good as chocolate cake, but I knew better than that. All my life I was misinformed.  Carrot cake is by

Aug 02 2011

Portuguese Egg Tarts

Portuguese Egg Tarts

I’ve had a long time obsession with Portuguese egg tarts.  Don’t get them confused with the egg tarts you normally find at dim sum.  These are a little bit different and in my opinion, a whole lot better. Its like a creme brulee but in a flaky tart instead of a boring ramekin.  I’m still

Pistachio Tart

For the longest time, I disliked Costco.  While I understand that people can save money buying in bulk, I feel that the massive shopping carts at Costco leads customers to overstock on supplies.  In the long run, they end up throwing out unused expired products.  And where the heck do you store all the stuff

Jul 25 2011

Tofu Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Cookies made with tofu.  Disgusting?  Absolutely not.  Don’t judge before you try these tofu cookies. Tofu has very little flavor and aroma on is own, making it a versatile ingredient in the culinary world.  It can be used in both savory and sweet coking since it can easily blend with other flavors.  Tofu is relatively