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Fig Marinara Pasta Recipe Recipe

Fig Marinara Pasta Recipe

09.05.13 by Jackie

Lala, my husband's youngest sister, helped to maintain our vegetable and fruit garden all summer. She definitely has a green thumb and has been so good watering our tomato plants and keeping them alive (even when I was out of town for the Banh Mi book promotion in Houston last week). Lala has just started 4th grade this month. She's a very witty girl, full of energy and such a foodie. She told me she didn't want to have to eat the school lunches this year and would prefer eating homemade food for her back-to-school lunch (click on the link for more back-to-school lunch suggestions).

I told her it would be possible only if she helps me in the kitchen once she's done with her homework. She started a chart with the menu of the week and she seemed so thrilled! I couldn't be more excited because these are more precious moments I get to  share with my munchkin, plus it's about sharing my passion for cooking. 

So this evening, we gathered a few San Marzano tomatoes, basil flowers and Brown Turkey figs. You're probably wondering what we made with all these fantastic ingredients? Pasta sauce! I sweetened the tomato sauce with a hint of maple syrup and tossed medium shell pasta into the delectable sauce. It’s sweet without being overpowering, and the figs give it a wonderful new dimension.


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Morel Mushroom Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

Making pasta sauce doesn't have to take hours or be difficult. I prepared a flavorful, gourmet tomato sauce combining freshly picked San Marzano tomatoes, leeks, fresh morel mushrooms and a red Thai chile with very little effort. I used it with store-bought mushroom ricotta ravioli pasta.

The temperature in the San Francisco Bay Area reached over 100 degrees this weekend and it seems the heat wave is going to continue this coming week. My husband Lulu is ecstatic because the San Marzano tomatoes he planted months ago are finally growing and ripening on the vine. San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of plum tomatoes and they're the best paste tomatoes for making sauces.


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Mac and Cheese Shepherd's Pie Recipe Recipe

We've been experiencing rainy days in the Bay Area and I thought a little comfort food would warm us up. I couldn't decide between a shepherd's pie or mac and cheese, so I went for a combination of the two.

To keep the dish vegetarian, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of vegetarian protein crumble, tomatoes and onions; you could opt for regular ground beef if you prefer. Instead of topping the dish with mashed potatoes as you would in a standard shepherd's pie recipe, I added creamy mac and cheese. Needless to say, the richness of the dish was a huge hit even baby Aria asked for more!


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Planting Season Recipe

Planting Season

03.23.13 by Jackie
We got our first plants into the ground today. Baby Aria was all geared up to help her daddy in the garden. My husband Lulu has become such a master gardener over the years; I can't wait to harvest this year's crop of tomatoes, onions, zucchini, tomatillos, radishes, beets and of course specialty potatoes (so I can prepare some of the dishes from my first cookbook, Haute Potato).
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Mushroom Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

I feel like this might be the busiest week of my life. I am working on completing my next big project, and the deadline is at the end of the week. I didn't have a lot of time to cook for my husband Lulu, so I made a quick and easy mushroom tomato pasta sauce to go with pan-fried store-bought ravioli. Finished with a dash of cream, it’s just homemade enough to be proud of!


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