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Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.

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Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe) Recipe

Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious.

The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help season and pre-cook the meat. So as long as you use fresh meat, you're good to go. 


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New York Steak with Maple and Riesling Wine Recipe

When you have a cut of meat that has character such a New York Strip steaks, the preparation is kept to a minimum. Last night, I seasoned the steaks with salt and pepper and seared them to have crisp, crunchy edges. I then transferred them to the oven to bring them to perfect, medium-rare, beautifully juicy meat. Once out of the oven, I improvised a sauce.

The idea behind the sauce was to balance out the saltiness of the dish with sweet notes. To do so, I used Vermont maple syrup Sunny's college roommate gave us (she's from the East Coast) and paired it with sweet Riesling.

 


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Meatball Appetizers with Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Since my husband Lulu was out of town last weekend, I had a few girlfriends over to celebrate the Lunar New Year (a week late!). Next week, we're all going to a Vietnamese charity concert and everyone was talking about how they'd fit into their áo dài, the traditional Vietnamese outfit. I've been back to the gym regularly to do squats and get a solid workout and I just made sure the food would please my weight-conscious crowd.

The menu I served wasn't fussy at all and I tried to satisfy everyone's diet: we started with easy, delicious, look-and-feel-your-best meatballs. I also made cháo đồ biển (seafood rice soup with seabass, shrimp, squid and scallops), along with a kale salad. 

What was in the meatballs, you ask? I created a ground mixture of veal, turkey, flax seeds and quinoa and served with spicy sweet potatoes.


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Apricot Roasted Rack of Lamb Recipe

Apricot Roasted Rack of Lamb

02.04.15 by Jackie

One of my favorite dishes, and one that was a staple in my home as a child, was le carré d'agneau persillé, or persillade-crusted rack of lamb. Today, I decided to make a slightly different version that incorporated exotic spices, sweet notes in the form of dried fruits such as dried apricots and almond, parsley and mint in the coating. 

To ensure that the meat was juicy and very tender, I marinated the lamb in an apricot, ginger, Baharat spices and buttermilk mixture. You'll have to let the lamb marinate overnight. It will take some patience until you're able to enjoy it but your efforts will be rewarded. Lastly, once the lamb was cooked, I covered it with the almond, parsley and mint coat for extra fragrance. 

Rack of Lamb

 

 


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