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Artichoke Crab Cakes Recipe

Artichoke Crab Cakes

01.27.15 by Jackie

Whenever I see fresh crab available at the market, I buy a few, boil or sauté them and reserve at least one for cracking later to make another dish the following day. This is exactly what we did and this time I made crab cakes. I flavored the crab with capers, tarragon, chives and marinated artichoke hearts. My tip is to chill the crab cakes for a few minutes before cooking them to help them hold their shape. 

I served the crab cakes with twice-baked potatoes and grilled asparagus on a bed of homemade hollandaise sauce. I wanted to serve the crab cakes warm, so little Aria and I dug in immediately after the meal was ready and I took photos afterwards. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture the beautiful crab cakes with the hollandaise sauce as reheating it caused curdling. So even though the sauce isn't pictured, give some extra time to preparing it because the results are well worth it for a perfect weeknight meal! 


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Wild Mushroom Tartlet Recipe Recipe

Wild Mushroom Tartlet Recipe

01.07.15 by Jackie

I recently hosted a dinner party and was looking for a gourmet side dish for filet mignon. I selected a savory tart filled with a combination of wild mushrooms such as fresh morels, beech, maitake, Hegehogs and brown crimini mushrooms. 

Playing with such ingredients is a great way to take your guests on a great gastronomical adventure. Plus, preparing this dish is fairly basic and simple. I used  pastry dough that I baked first and then filled with the mushrooms. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sort of mimics what we get from meat. The savory tarts ended up being the perfect pairing for the gourmet meat. 

 

 


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Indian-Inspired Vegetarian Wonton Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Christmas celebrations are a few days away and I've been experimenting in the kitchen with new, fun appetizers that could be served that day. Whenever I host a dinner, I try to serve dishes that reflect the multi-cultural aspect of our household. The idea behind these fusion appetizers was to use Asian wonton wrappers and fill them with flavorful Indian-inspired navratan korm, which consists of a creamy curry made of nuts and vegetables. 

Korma is usually served with naan (flat Indian bread) and can be messy if served buffet-style. So making little bite-sized pockets is a neat way to introduce someone to this dish. Once the filling is ready, the key is to ensure that the wonton is well sealed so the filling doesn't leak while frying. With a little practice it's really easy.


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5 Delicious Party Food Ideas for the Holidays Recipe

We've been entertaining a lot these days. I wanted to share a few of my go-to party food recipes when we host dinner parties. 

If you entertain as much as we do, I hope you find plenty of inspiration in these 5 appetizer recipes


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Impressive Quinoa Appetizer Recipe Recipe
Today, my "Potato Blini with Quinoa and Smoked Salmon" recipe is featured on Wall Street CS. I'm not sure how my recipe ended up in a financial news site article but it's something I can be thankful for Thanksgiving! The post is about quinoa and 7 other appetizers, using the gluten-free ingredient, featured as well. You can find the recipe directly on my website, so you can impress guests with these potato pillow-y pancakes, each topped off with a bit of quinoa and smoked salmon. I bet today will be somehow linked to a lot of food (either cooking in the kitchen, sipping and snacking watching the game or enjoying a banquet of rich food. Let's start the end-of-the-year celebrations with a bang and delicious food! Our family wishes you a wonderful gathering tonight, scrumptious food and safe travels. Let's count our amazing blessings and appreciate the little things in life. I'm so grateful for the wonderful people I met in my life's journey (you know who you are ). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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