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Mushroom Stuffed Eggplant Gratin Recipe Recipe

Is there anything that screams  comfort food more than a dish of gratin? I prepared a morel mushroom stuffed eggplant gratin. Every so often, our family craves a rich, decadent, gooey and cheesy meal.

First I sliced the eggplant, then pan-fried the slices. The mixture was flavored with earthy mushrooms that pair wonderfully with the meaty texture of the eggplant and luscious, creamy ricotta cheese. To save time, you can prepare the elements of the dish in advance and assemble 00000at the last minute; I promise your hard work will definitely be rewarded!


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Roasted Duck Mole Recipe

Roasted Duck Mole

02.24.15 by Jackie

I love duck breast; I find it so juicy and flavorful. Recently, I prepared roasted duck molé and in my opinion, unsweetened dark chocolate was what made the dish. First, I pan-seared the duck, skin side down, and then finished roasting it in the oven. Using the same griddle from the duck, I prepared the sauce with a hint of spiciness.

The molé sauce provides a richly complex flavor to the meat with the seductive addition of chocolate. Chocolate doesn't only satisfy foodies with a sweet tooth; this molé sauce is a great example of a savory application for chocolate. 


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Green Lentil Stuffed Chicken Recipe Recipe

Little toddler Aria is truly my greatest joy. She has inspired me in all aspects of my life and I take great pride in the efforts I put into helping care for and educate her. We cook almost daily together or if not, I at least get her to watch and participate in the preparation of the dinner. She's innately curious about everything around her and wants to better understand, feel, touch everything. Today, Aria helped me prepare the green lentil filling I used to stuff chicken thighs.

The lentil filling was flavored with shallots, garlic, thyme and day-old brioche. Aria cracked an egg on top so the mixture had a binder and she absolutely loved mixing and getting her hands dirty. This recipe is a healthy approach because it's packed with fiber, iron and protein. I stuffed it into boned chicken thighs then roasted the chicken until the skin was crisp and golden. The best part was watching Aria enjoying the result that came from her hard work. 


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Shrimp Risotto Recipe Recipe

Shrimp Risotto Recipe

02.17.15 by Jackie

Shrimp is a food that people who celebrate the Asian New Year's Day commonly eat during the festivities. I'm planning on making dumplings and spring rolls with shrimp this week and I bought extra so I could prepare other dishes as well. This weekend, I prepared shrimp risotto for little Aria.

I think the shrimp added a bit of pizzaz to the risotto. All I did was caramelize garlic shrimp as a first step and continued cooking the rice in the same pan. Just writing about it makes my mouth water! It may look fancy but the dish is fairly easy to make and has a wonderful flavor. So if you come across fresh shrimp at your local grocery store, be sure to give this recipe a try!


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Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes

02.13.15 by Jackie

This year, with little Aria attending preschool, the ideas about love have drastically changed and are far from the stuff of romantic comedies. I was talking about it with a girlfriend who has toddlers too. She was telling me that after having a 3-year-old and 4 month old, her husband agreed to get a toaster oven and she would get a vacuum for their Valentine's Day gifts. And now our preparations for Valentine's Day consist of DIY kids' arts and crafts and a lot of baking for Aria's friends. I prepared chocolate-frosted sweet treats this morning.

These are just the right size for little fingers to enjoy, but you can of course make them bigger if they're for your own Valentine's celebration. The chocolate isn't cloyingly sweet, which means you can enjoy more than one!


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