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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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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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