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Goat Cheese Arugula Recipe Recipe

Goat Cheese Arugula Recipe

02.27.14 by Jackie

There is something utterly delightful about this goat cheese arugula salad. The combination in the first place is  exquisite but I wanted to kick it up a notch by breading the medallions of goat cheese with crumbs of freshly baked brioche. I also added a carpaccio of mango and radish to add color to the salad.

The technique for obtaining perfectly sliced mango is nothing simpler than using thread. In my childhood, we would often use this method to slice meat pate for a clean cut, especially during the holidays. I often find myself using tools that don't necessarily belong in the kitchen, but are perfect for the job at hand.


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Avocado and Persimmon Salad Recipe Recipe

This colorful salad was inspired by my daughter Aria's godmother Nathalie. Not only is Nathalie a wonderful godmother to my baby girl, but she's also an amazing cook. While we were in Paris, Nathalie invited us several times for dinner and made a feast every single time for us. We were so spoiled! 

One of our favorite dishes that she made for us was an avocado and Hachiya persimmon salad. Persimmons, when ripe, have a vibrant orange color, making them perfect for Halloween. In case you were confused, the Hachiya variety is the soft one, with the pointed end. They are irresistible when extremely ripe, but basically inedible before that point. I always ripen the fruit in a paper bag with apples or bananas (or both).

The creamy avocado slices are the perfect contrast to the brightness of the persimmons. To finish the salad, I added spicy sprouts and slightly toasted pine nuts for texture. I think it's the perfect salad for a Halloween party, and I hope you do too!

A special note to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy: I hope everyone is staying safe. The American Red Cross is taking donations now to help the victims of the hurricane. They are also asking for blood donations, so if you're able to, please participate.


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Radish and Goat Cheese Napoleon Recipe Recipe

This radish and goat cheese napoleon recipe was inspired by an elegant beet appetizer I had several years ago at Spago, Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. Colorful layers of sliced, pickled Cherry Belle radishes, candied walnuts, goat cheese spread and rounds of whole grain noor thin bread give the dish its visual appeal. The pungency from the radishes offsets the velvety smoothness from the goat cheese. Sprinkled with candied walnuts, arugula and a few sprouted radish shoots as garnish, a larger portion of this light salad could be served as a one-dish meal. I finished the salad with a flavor-matching vinaigrette, a scrumptious sesame and candied walnut salad dressing.

The bread used in this dish is a new product from my friends over at California Lavash. It’s made with whole grains and is studded with black and white sesame seeds. It’s a great choice if you want to make a healthy dish, but I obviously didn’t do that today! I’ll be posting a couple more recipes using the bread later this week, and if you’d like to try them out, you can enter this week’s giveaway. Good luck!

California Lavash Bread Recipe with Picture


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Avocado Gourmet Salad Recipe Recipe

Avocado Gourmet Salad Recipe

08.22.12 by Jackie

This salad is composed of thinly-sliced avocado, Bolero Nantes carrots and crisp Cherry Belle Radishes. Mixed freshly cut corn, fresh garbanzo beans, Persian cucumbers, roasted green bell peppers, sprouted radish shoots and fried matchstick white sweet potatoes complete the refreshing dish. But what truly defines it is the beautifully colored and flavorful parsley oil. If dressed properly, this salad could be a perfect first course for your dinner party.

When I was asked to write Haute Potato (my first cookbook coming out this December), I tested more than 100 recipes, but only 75 gourmet potato dishes finally made it to print. This salad didn’t make the cut. I think it tastes wonderful, but it’s not as over the top as the recipes in the book. In the right setting though, it would make a lovely addition to your meal.


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