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Mushroom Barley Risotto Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Barley Risotto Recipe

04.29.14 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been traveling a lot these days for his work. Being a vegetarian has never been an issue since we live in the Bay Area. But sometimes it can be tricky for him to find foods that fit his diet, especially when visiting the Southeast. 

Since he hadn't eaten much apart from lettuce and boiled tofu, I figured comfort food would fill the void he had experienced while traveling. For his return, I prepared a mushroom barley risotto because barley is a nutritious grain that supports a healthy lifestyle with complex carbohydrates and proteins, compared to the more traditional rice grains.

The only downside is it's much less starchy than rice. So I added Colby cheese for texture and color and flavored it with nutmeg to complement the natural aroma of barley. 

Since the barley risotto didn't have a striking contrast of colors. I served it on a bed of string beans. When serving foods that are visually a bit monotone, I always try to pair them with other colorful ingredients. Remember, you eat with your eyes first!


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Meyer Lemon and Blackberry Parfait Recipe Recipe

I spent last week in Southern California. It's become a routine that whenever I find time, I explore farmers' market in the places we visit. I had time to wander around and find new, intriguing ingredients and on this trip, I bought incredibly fragrant pure blackberry extract. 

Once I came home, I had one idea in mind: experiment with the new blackberry extract. The result is this luscious creamy, lemony parfait dessert flavored with the oh-so-wonderfully fragrant fruit essence. For a nice contrast of texture, I used mini meringue cookies as the base and topped the miniature dessert cups with fresh blackberries. 

Happy Valentine's Day


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Spicy Tilapia Masala Recipe Recipe

Spicy Tilapia Masala Recipe

01.15.14 by Jackie

This is my go-to method for cooking white fish fillets during the winter. I prepared a spicy marinade, then placed the fish fillets in sealable bags and poured the marinade over the fish. I let the flavors infuse into the fish for a a few minutes, then baked it until cooked and opaque.

The recipe works well with any sort of white fish such as tilapia, cod, haddock or halibut. I used tilapia that I served with raita (minty yogurt sauce) and a fresh salad.


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Saumon au Citron Confit (Preserved Lemon Salmon Recipe) Recipe

While I was in France, Maman, Papa, baby Aria and I enjoyed a lot of seafood. Maman's favorite fish is salmon and this recipe was an ultra easy one to cook. Citron confit is widely available in Paris but you can also easily make your own. I prepared the salmon marinade with preserved lemons, coriander, cumin and ginger. You could serve it on a bed of couscous topped with pine nuts, but we opted for some spinach instead. Simply sauté fresh spinach in olive oil, add a dollop of crème fraîche, the juice of an orange, cayenne pepper and a pinch of fleur de sel. All these North African flavors tasted phenomenal!

I'm finally back to the US and it feels so good to be home. Baby Aria is ecstatic being kissed and cuddled constantly by everyone. Thank you so much for being so patient and for all your supportive messages!


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Summer Salad with Spiced Lemon Coffee Vinaigrette Recipe

This delicious, summery salad makes good use of fresh, crisp ingredients. I also added red quinoa, avocado, fresh mozzarella cheese, fried tofu and chicken pieces to complete the nutritious salad. To put it over the top, I drizzled the salad with an incredible lemon and coffee-flavored vinaigrette.

I was inspired to make the dressing by our trip to Italy two years ago. While on our vacation, we had the opportunity to try spiced citrus coffee. It was absolutely terrific and fairly commonplace; similar flavor combinations can be seen in many coffee cakes and biscotti cookies. I was able to recreate the flavors found in these Italian dishes using Boyajian coffee vinegar and pure lemon oil. I also added extra lemon zest to brighten the vinaigrette.

The vinaigrette itself would also make an excellent marinade for chicken, steaks or root vegetables.


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