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15 Fall Dessert Recipes for Dinner Parties Recipe

Let’s just pretend I’ve been here the whole time, and pick up where we left off, shall we? Last time I took a break from writing, it was still summer! Long story short, we vacationed in Mexico, then came to visit my parents in Paris, then my cell phone died and I got my laptop robbed! Everything I didn't last back up, I lost. Oh it feels good to be back! I missed my digital life and I am so genuinely thrilled to be back to blogging and get back to my old habits. I'm skipping like a schoolgirl, especially during this season, giddy for  a crisp autumn. I don't know about you, but I’m smitten with these coming months and all the season's bounty brings.

Anybody with me? I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Fall desserts. And if you have any plans to host a party, you will love this post filled with my favorite ingredients, pecans, pumpkin, figs. Enjoy!

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Soyrizo Mushroom Patties Recipe

Soyrizo Mushroom Patties

06.11.15 by Jackie

I usually experiment with new barbecue sauces this time of the season. They're easy to make, store in the refrigerator and everyone loves them with chicken wings or veggie patties (we have a home full of vegetarians).

It's getting hot in the Bay area, and it's time for us to organize a pool party to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer holidays. Last night, we prepared soyrizo mushroom patties to go with honey barbecue sauce. The mixture of the patties was made of soyrizo, chopped button mushrooms, liquid smoke, bread for texture and kidney beans for added protein.

Unlike many vegetarian dishes, these burgers won't leave you wishing for meat. The texture is interesting and non-uniform, and the flavor is very bold. It's not a meat substitute, but rather a unique dish unto itself. Little Aria and I loved them too!


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Strawberry Cointreau Shortcake Cups Recipe

My uncle, Cậu Bảy, is visiting us for a few months from Vietnam. He absolutely loves strawberries because they're not available in Vietnam and if they are, they're extremely expensive. I've planted strawberries in our garden but not enough to satisfy his cravings. He really enjoys the Farmers' market and we bought lots and lots of his favorite fruit over Memorial Day weekend.

I transformed a few into delicious strawberry dessert cups flavored with Cointreau. The cups consisted of shortcake, mousse, Cointreau-flavored custard strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Strawberry Cointreau Cup Dessert Recipe with Picture


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10 Fabulous Duck Recipes Recipe

10 Fabulous Duck Recipes

04.28.15 by Jackie

I think duck meat is very sophisticated. If you've been following my culinary diary throughout the years, you know I don't eat duck often (for health reasons), but I love how succulent and fabulously flavorful the meat is. My daughter Aria is no different. I just bought some duck breast that I'm about to roast for lunch. Since I've already posted countless recipes about this delicacy, I thought I'd gather my best duck recipes for you to see.

Don't forget to save the duck fat; it makes the most wonderful fries or pommes rissolees! Despite the overstated unsaturated fat health claims, for cooking or frying it's a healthy alternative to beef fat, pork fat, palm oil, coconut oil or even butter and it actually has culinary benefits (it has a higher percentage of mono-unsaturated fat that can help lower levels of blood cholesterol). Plus, unlike olive oil and butter, duck fat can be recycled.

Hope you enjoy cooking and tasting duck meat as much as little Aria and I do!

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Coconut Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Coconut Roasted Potatoes

04.14.15 by Jackie

After pan-frying fillets of sole for little Aria and myself last night, I realized pairing the fish with roasted potatoes in coconut oil might lack a toothsome bite. In an attempt to create the perfect balance of texture, I added an extra step to the potatoes by breading them with a mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and coconut shreds. The crunchy potatoes helped balance the texture of the fish and the addition of coconut shreds might sound a bit unusual but it was a reminder of the coconut oil used previously.

You can also find gourmet potato dishes in my first cookbook, Haute Potato, which is an ode to this root vegetable. In this book, I’ve included one of my favorites, which hails from India: a spicy potato cutlet stuffed with ground beef, or kheema. To illustrate the versatility of potatoes, the book is separated into chapters based on the primary flavor profile or texture of the dish. Each section is an exploration of the ways in which the potato can be used. So, though it may start its life in the ground, when combined with the right techniques and ingredients the potato can truly be haute cuisine.

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