Anyone would tell you that its always best to cook with what you enjoy drinking, whether savory or sweet a good drink will make it better. As for me my love is baking and I love trying out new things, so this was the perfect opportunity to try a good stout beer for this recipe. I used a Guinness stout  to make this amazing tart, reducing the stout to a syrup consistency just elevates the flavor that much more. This recipe starts with reducing the stout and setting it aside, work on your tart recipe so that it can rest before rolling out. Once theRead More →

Fresh lavender is a versatile ingredient that you can incorporate in both sweet and savory dishes. Lavenders floral notes works well with coconuts rich bold flavor, making it the perfect combination for this recipe. If your sweet tooth is as big as mine then its hard not too want sweets. This recipe satisfies anyone looking for an easy guilt free ice-cream fix. You almost think you’re having regular ice-cream. Purchasing an ice-cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer was probably one of the best things I own. I wanted to start making fresh ice-cream at home. Yes, its easy to buy ice-cream at the marketRead More →

Lavender and Earl Grey is a combination made in foodie heaven! After much brainstorming for my next video, I thought  that lavender would make a good ingredient in a dessert. I did not want it to stand alone so I figured the bold flavor of a black tea such as Earl Grey would work. Both lavender and earl grey have floral notes that compliment each other making them ideal for this cake. No tea time is complete without a sweet treat, and what better way then with fresh lavender from the farmers market, yet dry lavender also works. Like me if you want something easyRead More →

Chocolate Babka – My first ever Youtube video inspired by this Chocolate Gem. Babka is a bread similar to Brioche, sweet, rich and light with a buttery flavor. Although I’ve eaten Babka quite a few times before, this was my first time making it. I was a bit intimidated at first starting this recipe but I was up for the challenge. Just like baking any other kind of bread you must be patience here. First things firsts, start with your dough (you’ll want to get this puppy done). Once that’s ready, let the dough rest (30 mins) – Listen to music, drink some water (lol)Read More →

 NYC is one Giant Melting pot with many, many food options. You can travel the world without ever leaving the city. This is what I love about New York ! One of my favorite neighborhoods to visit is the Lower East Side, just over the Williamsburg Bridge its a great place for any Food lover to explore and today was no exception. I was meeting a friend for lunch and we could not decided what to eat but she had a great idea about trying some Peruvian food cooked by a naked Chef “how could I say no to that” but he was not reallyRead More →

When you think of Miso what is the first thing that comes to mind ? For me its miso soup, savory delicious soup, not in a million years I thought of adding it into a cookie recipe. However whenever I see an ingredient it always tend to hit some sweet notes. Miso is fermented soybean paste a seasoning used in Japanese cuisine. The results are a thick paste that in my opinion has almost a nutty flavor to it, similar to a thick peanut butter. What better way to use it then in cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies of course. I cannot help that sweets areRead More →

When you are ask to make cookies even if you’re really not in the mood too, and can’t decide you make “Brookies.” These cookies are the best of both worlds and they won’t disappoint, Kid approve I can assure. I love brownies and cookies so these were the perfect combination and they make any cookie jar stand out. Click link below for recipe: https://www.melskitchencafe.com/brookies/#_a5y_p=2483802   You may need an extra hand in the kitchen to prepare these cookies. I got a hand from my little nephew who volunteer to help me make them. Once the two doughs are made you are ready to roll themRead More →

After having a family taco Tuesday, I noticed that there was some extra left over sour cream in the refrigerator. Well since taco Tuesday is now once a month I knew that I just had to put that sour cream in use. Sour cream is a great ingredient in baking or cooking, I especially enjoy it in bake goods such as cakes, and biscuits. I hate to see food go to waste so I searched for recipes with sour cream and of course I chose to go with cake. I found one recipe that seem pretty easy to make but the only problem was thatRead More →

This holiday season we celebrated my nieces’s birthday and Christmas. I wanted to make something fun for the kiddos to enjoy. My obsession with Oreo cookies lead me to make some crispy treats for my family. I wanted to make some unique sweets, so I decided to search the web for some insight in creating this unique sweet concoction. Since I did not find an exact recipe for Oreo Chex that I liked, I made my own. Just a few simple ingredients and magic was made, tasty deliciousness magic. This treat bar was a hit with the adults and kids, and a real time saverRead More →

The other day I  juice at home, I had some left over oranges and lemon peels. I felt a little guilty just throwing it away, so the Chef in me decided that I was going to make some  Orange/Lemon syrup! I knew that making a syrup would come in handy especially in my bake goods.  I had about 2lbs of orange and lemon peels leftover from my juicing. For every pound of citrus peel I was going to use a cup of sugar. So I muddled the citrus and sugar together, making sure that I extracted as much juice from the peels as I could.Read More →