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Matcha Green Tea Pot de Creme Recipe Recipe

We gave another dinner party last night. Daddy (my father-in-law) had new friends over; they're a delightful couple who recently moved from Boston to the Bay Area. We had a lovely, fairly light meal consisting of lots of seafood, such as crab cakes with muhammara (pomegranate sauce) accompanied by seafood Israeli couscous salad, then roasted Chilean seabass with homemade preserved citrus hollandaise sauce. I wanted to keep the same delicate mood for dessert, so I prepared lightly sweetened matcha green tea pot de creme. I believe that food should be a visual experience, so I decorated the sweet treats with whipped cream and fresh raspberries. 

I was so excited to have been given a tin of matcha green tea powder in my Christmas stocking stuffer and couldn't wait to make use of the unique, distinctive flavor of this tea. Its lovely, natural jade color is very subtle, but subtlety can actually be quite a stimulating experience for the palate. 


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Guava Papaya Parfait Cups Recipe

Guava Papaya Parfait Cups

01.16.15 by Jackie

Individual servings for dessert is a great way to end a fancy meal. I usually decorate dessert cups at the last minute, carry the tray filled with cups to the table so I'm able to chat and mingle with our guests without worrying about making a mess while serving the sweets. Last night, we hosted one more dinner party (I can't believe it's the second one in just a one-week period) and the dinner went fantastically well. It was a 4-course classical French menu, then we moved to another room to finish the meal with dessert. I also often try to give a little flavor of the muticultural aspect of our household by using exotic ingredients throughout the menu.

This time, I added guava and papaya pulp to parfait cups. The guava is amazingly fragrant and I used the papaya for its deep orange color. I accompanied the sweets with store-bought chocolate wafers and fresh raspberries for a touch of acidity.


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Chocolate Orange King Cake (Galette des Rois) Recipe

La galette des Rois, or king's cake, is made every year to celebrate Epiphany. For those who don't know, epiphany is a Christian holiday that celebrates the Magi visiting baby Jesus. January 6th is the official day of Epiphany, but in France, we usually celebrate it on the Sunday between the 2nd and the 8th.  

This delicious treat is a flaky puff pastry with a sweet filling. The traditional filling is a simple almond cream, or frangipane, but this year I felt like a change. To the basic frangipane recipe I added melted chocolate and Grand Marnier (or orange extract for the kids).

Before serving, it's customary to hide a small figurine in the galette. Whoever gets the piece with the figurine is king (or queen) for a day. In reality, the winner is anyone who gets to have a slice of this delicious dessert.

Galette des Rois (Kings Cake)


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Cooking with Almond Flour Recipe

Cooking with Almond Flour

01.06.15 by Jackie

My childhood in France was punctuated with much fun, joy and delicious pleasures. I especially loved January, because it's the time of the year when Epiphany is celebrated with la galette des Rois, or king's cake. For those who don't know, epiphany is a Christian holiday that celebrates the Magi visiting baby Jesus. January 6th is the official day of Epiphany, but in France, we usually celebrate it on the Sunday between the 2nd and the 8th.

I just stocked up my kitchen with almond flour for the delicious occasion, so little Aria gets to experience the same delights. I know I'm going to have a lot of leftover almond flour, so I went through all the recipes creatively utilizing the special ingredient for you to see.

Almond flour is also a great alternative for gluten-free cooking. My mother-in-law discovered later in life that she has celiac disease, and almond is a great substitute in recipes. My tip for a longer shelf life is to store almond flour in the freezer. And not only does it make delicious desserts, almond flour is a great thickener for savory sauces. Isn't that sweet?

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Peppermint Bark Pecan Pie Recipe Recipe

Last night, we served pecan pie at the end of our Christmas Eve dinner, but it wasn't your usual pecan pie. This one had peppermint bark nested at the bottom of the crust. The idea was to combine all the elements of a holiday assortment in one dessert. 

To do so, I melted dark chocolate and added crushed peppermint candy canes, then smeared the pie crust with a thin layer of the peppermint bark. To complete the dessert, we offered eggnog to those who wanted a drink and peppermint ice cream to the others. 


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