Wallflower Weekly Faves, 11

Have you been to Sift Cupcake and Dessert Bar before? Or maybe they sound familiar? They might if you watch Cupcake Wars on Food Network. I didn’t. I just randomly stumbled across their store and I’ve been in love with their cupcakes ever since. The cupcakes are super moist with the perfect frosting to cake ratio. And if you feel like you need more frosting? You can buy yourself a frosting shot. Yup! You read that right. A frosting shot.

Earlier this week, I went with my friend Jen for our random cupcake day. I saw their flavor of the month and could not resist getting it. Sprinkle Me Pink. Sooo cute. Vanilla confetti cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. If you’re in the area, you should totally try one before April is over. And even better, every Tuesday in April is buy one get one. So you can have two!

Sprinkle Me Pink Cupcake from Sift Dessert Bar

There’s a new store opening next month near where I work. It’s called Sugarfina with the tagline “a luxury candy store.” Which obviously caught my attention. What in the world is a luxury candy store? I mean, luxury chocolate, yes. But candy? So I looked them up online.

Um…. Champagne bears, peach bellini. What?! On my list of places to try. =)

Via

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Baked Maple Purple Yam Fries

Purple yam sliced into thin pieces and baked until crispy, then seasoned with a little bit of salt and maple syrup. Sweet and savory, these Baked Maple Purple Yam Fries are the perfect snacks and appetizers.

Baked Maple Purple Yam Fries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Don’t you just love the color? I am so obsessed with that deep purple.

My parents made a trip to Chinatown and brought two vegetable bags full of these purple yams home. When I saw the gorgeous color hiding inside, I knew I had to use them for a recipe. And I just couldn’t resist making them into fries.

Have you had purple yam before? It’s sweet, slightly starchy, and moist. The texture and flavor is very similar to sweet potatoes. Or Butternut Squash Fries. But it’s really the color that’s soo attractive.

Baked Maple Purple Yam Fries | Cooking with a Wallflower

These purple yam fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Just the way fries should be. Purple yams are already slightly sweet on their own, so you’re welcome to serve these fries without any seasoning. But! With a pinch of salt and a light coat of maple syrup, the flavors of these purple yam fries are amplified. I could sit there and munch on these all day.

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Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Lightly fried crispy shrimp seasoned with salt and pepper and garnished with chopped cilantro. This Salt and Pepper Shrimp is one of the classic dishes found in Chinese restaurants.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp | Cooking with a Wallflower

I seem to be on an Asian kick lately. Recipe wise, which means you’ll be seeing more Asian recipes in the very near future. I hope you won’t mind.

This recipe, oh my gosh, this recipe is one of my favorites. Right behind Honey Walnut (Pecan) Shrimp. Unfortunately, nothing beats Honey Walnut Shrimp in my eyes.

Whenever my family goes out for dinner, these are the two dishes that we always order. It’s just not the same without them.

It’s seems so simple, right? How can something so simple be soo delicious and addictive? It just is.

I love that this dish is spicy, savory, succulent, and it’s perfect with that slightly crispy outer layer. Each bite is just so satisfying.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Sriracha Mayo Chicken Quinoa Hand Rolls

Shredded chicken lightly coated with Sriracha, mayonnaise, and rice seasoning then wrapped in seaweed with quinoa, daikon radish sprouts, carrots, and cucumbers. This Sriracha Mayo Chicken Quinoa Hand Rolls are a delicious twist to the classic Japanese hand rolls.

Sriracha Mayo Chicken Quinoa Hand Rolls | Cooking with a Wallflower

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love these hand rolls. The creamy taste of mayo, the spiciness of Sriracha, the tasty flavor of rice seasoning, the refreshing crunch of the cucumbers, the slight sweetness of the carrots. All those textures and flavors wrapped up in seaweed.

Sriracha Mayo Chicken Quinoa Hand Rolls | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Wallflower Weekly Faves, 10

I am super excited about my Erin Condren Life Planner. And it came in pretty packaging too. Maybe now, I can organize both my dental hygiene schedule and blogging schedule. I need all the help I can get! lol

Erin Condren Life Planner

Last weekend at the Cherry Blossom Festival, I discovered something amazing: Metromint water. I have a feeling that I’ve come across it before at the supermarket. You know, when you’re standing in front of that whole section of beverages and become overwhelmed by the varieties there are? Well, Metromint water stood out to me because it’s water flavored with different types of mint. I tried the spearmint and the chocolate mint. Yes, mint chocolate flavored water. I wish I loved water. I don’t unless it’s icy cold. And Metromint water is soo refreshing that I feel like I can drink all the time. And it’s sugarless! Can you tell I’m excited?

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Baked Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

Pieces of peanut butter and jelly sandwich dipped in a vanilla egg mixture then baked until it becomes custard like. This Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast is so delicious and easy to make for breakfast.

Baked Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been awhile since I’ve made French toast for breakfast. And I thought it was the perfect time to combine two classics: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and French toast.

Can you already imagine the melted peanut butter and warm jam in every single bite of this French toast?

It’s sooo good. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I can probably eat them every day. But I figured we could take it up a notch and turn this into an amazing breakfast.

This twist to the classic French toast has to be my newest favorite.

Baked Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love that the top of the baked French toast has a slight crunch. The center is custardy with a hint of vanilla and the sweet and savory flavors of peanut butter and jelly.

I’m absolutely addicted to this Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast. And it’s super easy to make too.

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Life of a Wallflower, 24 – Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s been such a warm weekend, perfect for the cherry blossom festival at Japantown in San Francisco. The event takes place two weekends, this past weekend (April 11-12) and next weekend (April 18-19). There were so many people attending. Some were from out of town. Many were there for the food and performances. But the main attraction this year?

Cherry Blossom Festival | Cooking with a Wallflower

The Hello Kitty Café food truck which is originally from Southern California. The pink truck with the image of Hello Kitty is hard to miss.

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Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

Roasted asparagus topped with parmesan and crushed red peppers. This Roasted Parmesan Asparagus is the perfect side to any dish.

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus | Cooking with a Wallflower

One of my most favorite ingredients to use during the spring is asparagus.

I know. I know. Not everyone feels the same way about asparagus as I do.

And of course, asparagus has a… distinctive downside. Which you know if you’ve experienced it. And if you don’t, well, you’re lucky. =)

But! Asparagus has soo many health benefits. It has tons of antioxidants which help to reduce the risk of common chronic health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. It supports digestion and has anti cancer benefits. So if you can ignore the downside of eating asparagus, then you can get all these benefits from consuming this in season vegetable.

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love that asparagus is so easy to use. You can cook them with pasta, add them to pizza, toss them in salads. So many options!

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Strawberry Tarragon Lemonade

Refreshing lemonade filled with sweet strawberries and a hint of tarragon. Easy to make and so very delicious, this strawberry tarragon lemonade is perfect for spring.

Strawberry Tarragon Lemonade | Cooking with a Wallflower

Who knew that strawberries and tarragon complement each other so well? The sweetness of the strawberries, the tartness of the lemonade, and the fragrance of tarragon, all blended together in a refreshing drink just perfect for spring.

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