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Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake Recipe Recipe

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake Recipe

03.19.13 by Jackie

I've made this cake recipe for years. I think I found the recipe when I was a little girl on the back of vanilla sugar packets that are commonly available in France. I haven't changed the base of the cake batter much since then.

The great part of this recipe is that the measuring tool is the yogurt container. And after making it once, you'll probably never have to refer to the recipe again. Simply remember "1, 2, 3, ½, 3": 1 yogurt, 2 measures of sugar, 3 measures of flour, half a measure of oil (½), 3 eggs, 1 packet of "levure" (baking powder) and 1 packet of vanilla sugar.

Instead of serving the cake plain, which by the way is great with tea, I flavored the cake with Meyer lemon zest and glazed it with a Meyer lemon mascarpone glaze. It was truly fantastic!


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Balsamic Caramel Popcorn Recipe  Recipe

Friday night is movie night at our home. The little ones are in charge of popping the popcorn in the microwave. Occasionally, we make caramel popcorn. I felt like having a bit more grownup treat, so I decided to put a twist on our movie snack by flavoring it with balsamic vinegar.

After deciding to use balsamic vinegar, it seemed like an obvious choice to pair it with olive oil. I usually make caramel with butter, so it was an easy substitution. I reduced the amount of oil compared to the amount of butter I would normally use, though. The California Ranch extra virgin oil has a nice aroma and fruity flavor which combined nicely with the balsamic reduction and sugar. I threw in some toffee peanuts at the end to give it a little crunch. The final product had a very distinct taste that reminded me of flan.

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Pistachio Pesto Pasta Recipe

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

01.06.09 by Jackie

I bought some Sicilian pistachios that are to die for. We all almost finished the whole package, but I had about a half a cup remaining so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make a Mediterranean-inspired pesto sauce. I love experimenting with new flavors. Pestos are so versatile. You can pick any nut, herb or dry fruit, oil and cheese; add salt and pepper and you're done. You can keep the extra pesto in an ice-cube tray in your freezer for up to 6 months or for 2 weeks in your refrigerator.

I always keep some pesto on hand for when I need to quickly throw a meal together. It brings so much flavor to pastas, sandwiches, all sort of dips, mashed potatoes, lasagna sauce, chicken. There are a plethora of  possibilities.


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