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Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper with Roasted Bell Pepper Coulis Recipe

Our family brunch this weekend was delightful but that doesn't mean it took us hours to prepare it. I had ready-made blueberry blossoms (individual free-form fruit pies) that I had stored in the freezer, so my only additions were a quiche and quinoa stuffed bell peppers on a bed of roasted bell pepper coulis. 

I especially loved preparing the quinoa dish. It was colorful, flavorful and nutritious. I cooked the quinoa slightly longer till it became slightly clumpy, so when I seasoned it with a basil vinaigrette, sun-dried tomatoes and blue goat cheese, the quinoa mixture was easy to fill into the bell pepper "cups". The bell pepper sauce added brightness, thanks to the addition of tomato paste and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and contrasted really well with the sharpness and pungency of the cheese.  


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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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Beef Stew Appetizers Recipe

Beef Stew Appetizers

02.06.14 by Jackie

Baby Aria is a toddler now and even though I tend to feed her soft food, I still want her to experience the different textures and flavors each meal can bring. I prepared a beef stew, which she adored, but I still had a little meat left. So I shredded it with a fork, formed little mounds and used them for appetizers.

I always have extra dough stored in my freezer (I used the same dough for my roasted butternut squash galette earlier this week). I formed little pockets by cutting rectangles of dough and pinching the edges with the back of fork. These little appetizers were so addictive that they were all gone in a jiffy.


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National Appetizer Day Recipe

National Appetizer Day

01.28.14 by Jackie

Did you know January 28th is National Appetizer Day? I learned this during a grocery trip to Trader Joe's. I figured I'd share with you some of my favorite appetizer recipes (among the more than 1,500 recipes already published on this site to date!) so you can get a few ideas and prepare for your big game day or your next dinner party.

Last Friday we threw a winter social party and had a lot of bite-size portions so our guests could mix and mingle. The party was such a success, people didn't want to go home! If you entertain as much as we do, I hope you'll find plenty of inspiration in this post.


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New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas Recipe

New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas

12.31.13 by Jackie

If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party for a large crowd this year, bite-sized appetizers might be the best option for serving food. Here are a few suggestions for your buffet table. Bon appétit and see you l'année prochaine (next year)!


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