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Pumpkin Banana Cupcake Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Banana Cupcake Recipe

11.25.14 by Jackie

Little Aria asked to see one of her favorite classmates, Colin, on a playdate. Aria can be very detail-oriented and asked if we could prepare mini cupcakes for the occasion. To make the sweet treat a lot more playful for the children, I topped the cupcakes with icing and sugar cookie letters.

The cake part is made with mashed bananas and pumpkin and I used an alphabet cookie cutter set. Aria helped out all through the baking process and she loved it. Colin loved the cupcakes too, and I was amazed to see he knew his alphabet as well. Isn't it impressive at only the tender age of three? It was so precious to watch them have so much fun!

I'm planning to bake the same larger-version cupcakes on Thursday 

Thanksgiving cupcakes recipe with Picture

 

 


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Risotto with Collard Greens Recipe

Risotto with Collard Greens

11.20.14 by Jackie

The temperature has been dropping in the Bay Area. As the morning mist cleared, I decided to prepare comfort food for Aria's lunch today. I made a decadent risotto flavored with smoked Gouda, a bit of red bell pepper and collard greens. You would pobably never have paired adjectives such as luscious or decadent with healthful collard greens but this rice dish fulfilled my goal.

I got my little toddler to eat her vegetables and I'm delighted to see she actually enjoyed collard greens!


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Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas Recipe

Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

11.13.14 by Jackie

Our typical Thanksgiving starts with my husband Lulu watching the game, so we usually have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with bite-sized portions before the Gargantuan feast. This year, Sunny will be back home from her college dorm and will be accompanied by her roomie, whose family lives on the East Coast. I'm sure serving appetizers to the two petite young ladies won't scare them away from our "real" Thanksgiving. I've listed a few appetizers I prepared over the years; I'm still not sure which ones will make it to the table in a few days. Happy planning!

Don't forget to take a look at my first cookbook "Haute Potato", which feature many recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Two of my personal favorites are the potato cigars and the lavender and white chocolate potato torte. If you order the book today from Barnes and Noble, there's still a good chance it will arrive before Thanksgiving. And if not, it's packed with other great holiday recipes as well! 


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Thanksgiving Appetizers: Butternut Squash Tartlet Recipe Recipe

Thanksgiving festivities are right around the corner, so it's time to play with fall flavors. Today, I wanted to prepare a savory tart using butternut squash and finally decided to prepare individual portions because they would look even cuter and be easier to eat.

I made a regular butter crust, but I flavored it with green onions and sweet basil. I filled the mini tarts with creamed butternut squash. Then I balanced the texture with a lacy cheese topping by pan-frying slices of sharp Cheddar cheese. It was literally easy as pie. 


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French Green Lentil Cake Recipe Recipe

French Green Lentil Cake Recipe

10.30.14 by Jackie

Growing up in France, I never celebrated Halloween as a child. The closest events I remember were during Mardis Gras, which are Carnival celebrations after the Epiphany or King's Day. So if you notice little Aria's Halloween costume and thought you'd be scared, I miserably failed that mission. My goal was to make her as cute as possible and let her enjoy the festivities. For this, we've gone through several costumes, which she will use for the events she'll attend in the coming days.

Today, we went to the one at our local library. I had just finished preparing dinner and snapped a photo of the quick and easy dish to share with you. For this vegetarian meal, I used shallots, garlic, French Puy green lentils, thyme, parsley and day-old baguette bread.

As a general rule, I try to give Aria meat or fish at least 3 to 4 times a week and we follow the rest of the family's vegetarian diet the other days.Aria Halloween Costume


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