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Bell Pepper Stuffed Chicken Rolls Recipe

This is my second most favorite chicken recipe (after my poulet rôti, "roasted chicken"). The whole idea is to use dark meat from the chicken thigh, stuff it, pan-sear the meat and finish cooking in the oven. It's as simple as that. First, I used boneless chicken (de-boning the thigh and using the bones for excellent chicken broth) and made sure the skin was still on. Then I proceeded with the tender meat. I used a preserved lemon marinade and let it rest overnight. For the filling, I combined roasted red bell peppers, Manzanilla olives, shallots and cornichons (French gherkins). 

To me, cooking is an expression of love. The dish doesn't have to be complicated. Learn your basics and you'll be able to dazzle your friends and family with creative, over-the-top dishes by making a few variants of your favorite recipes. 


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Stuffed Veal Escalope Recipe Recipe

Stuffed Veal Escalope Recipe

12.18.13 by Jackie

This is a meal that would fit perfectly at your Christmas Eve dinner table. What I love most besides the incredible flavors is the beautiful presentation of the food. Plating plays a big part in the aesthetics of a dish, so don’t forget that aspect as you plan your holiday feast.

I prepared veal escalopes stuffed with lemon, pine nuts, golden raisins, garlic and fresh tarragon. Once the escalopes were cooked, I completed the dish with a flavorful sauce made from the pan drippings. 

By the way, there is still time to order both of my cookbooks, Haute Potato and Banh Mi, as gifts to your loved ones for Christmas . 2013 was a great year for me professionally, and 2014 seems to be starting with a bang. I;m doing a Golden Globes Luxury Gifting Suite at the beginning of the year and copies of Banh Mi will be included in the celebrity "swag bags."  Celebrities will be photographed on the red carpet at the suite with the Banh Mi book and I will be serving a few dishes from my cookbook. I'm so excited!


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Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Morel Mushrooms and Chestnuts Recipe

If you're planning on serving poultry on Christmas Eve, you might want to consider this dish. I stuffed chicken with morel mushrooms, caramelized onions and season-friendly roasted chestnuts. I used chicken thighs with the skin on so the meat remained ultra moist and because boning them could be done without difficulty. The whole procedure isn't necessary but it gives the dish an attractive appearance. Once the chicken was cooked, I let it rest for 30 minutes and obtained beautiful slices of chicken roulade. 

I'm definitely going to recreate this dish for Christmas, though I'm not sure which poultry I’m going to use. This recipe could be used with duck, pheasant or turkey, but I prefer goose  for a holiday feast. You could also use the stuffing of your choice such as sausage, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, blue cheese, dried cranberries or bread dressing. I can't predict the future but I can tell this is going to be a delicious holiday season!


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Veal Scallopini with Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Baby Aria now has eight teeth and two more coming in. And boy, does she like to use them! She's not fussy at all when it comes to food. Aria and I usually eat the same meal. This evening, I prepared an "escalope de veau au chou fleur", which translates from French to "veal scallopini with cauliflower".

First, I browned slices of veal, then cooked a combination of cauliflower, Granny Smith apples and Sweet Million tomatoes as a side. I tied the dish together with gravy, and for added crunch, I added almond slivers at the last minute.

I have to admit that Aria’s favorite part of the meal was the cauliflower, and she wouldn’t have touched the veal if I hadn’t made her eat it. Lulu often reminds me that he never really liked the taste of meat when he was a child and by the time he was a teenager he happily gave up the idea of ever eating it again. I believe that if you train children to eat everything at a young age, they'll eat anything as adults. What do you think? Should I influence Aria to become a meat eater?


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Valentine's Day Recipe Round Up Recipe

Valentine's Day Recipe Round Up

02.12.13 by Jackie

Valentine's Day is this Thursday, and I've been brainstorming ideas of how to celebrate it. I put up some recipe suggestions in case you're planning to cook as well. Naturally you'll want to pick the dishes that your sweetie likes. Here are some recipes that are sure to help get you in a romantic mood.  Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!


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