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Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Recipe

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

12.15.14 by Jackie

My friend Hadas is pregnant with her second child and is about to give birth in a few days. Unfortunately, she became sick because of the cold weather. Since some medications can be dangerous during pregnancy, I offered to prepare chicken noodle soup with healing spices used in traditional Chinese medicine, such as turmeric, ginger, onion and red chiles.

My way of making the broth flavorful is to first sauté small pieces of chicken with garlic and red chiles, then deglaze the bits fromt he bottom of the pot with liquid to capture as much flavor as possible. I also added common vegetables (celery and carrots) to complete the soup. Hadas confirmed the soup helped soothe her sore throat.

I also want to thank all of you who stopped by this weekend during my booksigning event at Barnes & Noble Eastridge Mall in San Jose. I had such a blast. Happy holidays!

   


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Beef Prime Brisket Recipe Recipe

Beef Prime Brisket Recipe

10.15.14 by Jackie

My daughter Aria and I are huge fans of fork-tender beef brisket. My secret tenderizer is a combination of baking powder, dried spices and coarsely-ground black pepper for the dry rub. I kept the flavorings pretty simple, using garlic, onion, sugar, dry mustard, dried oregano and bay leaf.

For a nice contrast of texture, I served the slices of brisket on a bed of red cabbage slaw. 


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Wine-Braised Chuck Roast with Pasta Recipe

Baby Aria's choice of meat, by far, is beef. And the more tender it is, the more she likes it. I really enjoy making one-dish meals for her. Today, I seared boneless beef chuck steaks, then braised them in wine (the alcohol cooks off during the braising process). Once tender, I boiled campanelle pasta and transferred it to the beef pot. The flavorful gravy sneaked into the cavities of the odd-shaped trumpet-like pasta, which made it more fun for Aria to eat.

I flavored the dish wth fresh thyme, clove, parsley, tomato paste. bay leaf, turnips, onions and garlic. The key ingredient, though, is drinking-quality red wine. C'est tout ("that's it!")!


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Beef Stew with Pan-Fried Polenta Recipe

After preparing beef bourgouignon a few weeks ago for baby Aria, I wanted to prepare another beef stew that is nutritious with a velvety consistency. I used pearl barley for the sauce and served crispy pan-fried polenta rounds for a nice contrast of texture.

I try to balance her meals and not serve her too many dishes made with white flour, so barley and polenta are a great alternative. My mother-in-law has just been diagnosed with celiac disease and has been asking me about gluten alternatives that would help her not miss gluten and would satisfy her appetite as much as regular bread or pasta. There are so many other options; you just have to think outside the box.


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Asian-Inspired Bison Meatball Appetizer Recipe Recipe

I love bison meat. It's leaner than beef. You could always substitute ground beef for the bison, but this gave the dish a gourmet feel and it tasted fantastic with the flavors I selected for the meatball appetizers I prepared.

I flavored the bison meatball appetizers with fermented beans, five-spice powder, wasabi paste and paired them with a spicy peanut, cilantro pesto with coconut, ginger and cilantro honey.

I used the meatballs as a part of the dish I used for an audition I participated in last weekend. I'm happy to say I passed the first selection for a competitive TV cooking show. I'll let you know more about it soon.

 


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