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Blackberry Cupcake Recipe Recipe

Blackberry Cupcake Recipe

02.09.11 by Jackie

My husband Lulu is leaving for a 4-day business trip, so I packed a cupcake and a little message to satisfy his sweet tooth and let him know that his wife is thinking about him and misses him. What can I do, I'm a true romantic!

I flavored the cupcakes with blackberry frosting and decorated the top with sugar roses made from pandan-flavored marzipan and fresh blackberries. This might sound a little cheesy but I think the main ingredient is love. With that, even the worst disasters (I’ll tell you about mine some time) turn out ok. Have fun preparing for Valentine's Day!


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Fresh Oysters Topped with Chorizo Dressing Recipe

After raving about duck prosciutto, it's time to talk about some serious business because Valentine's Day is near at hand. My husband Lulu being a vegetarian doesn't mean that I don't get to get to enjoy a feast for our romantic meal on February 14th. I don't know if food with aphrodisiac properties really exists, but I love oysters. During the holidays, Papa made his oyster specialty huîtres chaudes gratinées (oysters au gratin) but that's another recipe. This time around, I served them cold with a chorizo, ginger and lemon topping. And if your significant other loves oysters as much as I do, this might be the perfect starter for a romantic Valentine's Day meal.

While visiting the Château de Fontainebleau, I couldn't resist taking a quick tour of its open-air market, which was fabulous. I found the most delicious saucisses sèches (dry sausages), made of duck and turkey, and some with chorizo made from poultry meat, which tasted even better than the ones I remember from my childhood.

Fontainebleau Castle Picture


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Duck Magret Salad Recipe Recipe

Duck Magret Salad Recipe

02.07.11 by Jackie

Duck prosciutto (thin cuts of smoked duck breast) is one of my favorite cured meats. It makes the most ordinary of salads extraordinary. The combination of saltiness and flavor from the high fat content is irresistible. When I prepared this dish in Paris, for every slice of duck that went into the salad, one went into my mouth as well. I found a supplier on Amazon and I'm going to try them out because I cannot wait until my next trip to France to satisfy my duck prosciutto craving. This would make a perfect first course for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

Dieters, avert your gaze! What started as a few innocent pieces of duck prosciutto turned into full-scale gorging of foie gras, oysters, veal and other French delicacies that left me 10 pounds heavier than I was when I arrived. You could say that duck prosciutto was my "gateway" meat .

 


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Cacio E Pepe Recipe Recipe

Cacio E Pepe Recipe

02.02.11 by Jackie

When it comes to pasta dishes, Romans are experts. With only a few ingredients, they are able to produce incredible creations. Cacio e pepe is a perfect example. Spaghetti is tossed in a simple, creamy Pecorino Romano and black pepper sauce. The level of flavor achieved with only a handful of ingredients is mind-boggling.

My husband Lulu and I recently took a very romantic trip to Rome, Italy, so I thought it would be nice to share some pictures. The city is very small (a few square miles) and I felt like we walked every square inch. The upside is that we were able to try a lot of restaurants all over the city. We discovered a lovely one called Mario's, located on a small street behind the Roman Ruins. It doesn't attract a lot of tourists because of its off-the-beaten-path location, but we noticed a lot of locals. We were so impressed by the quality of the food that after trying several other average restaurants, we ended up eating at Mario's for the rest of the trip.

Lulu and I spent only a few days in Rome and then returned to Paris, where I tried to replicate the delicious pasta dish. To make it more luxurious, I added a few pieces of black truffle I found in an open air market. Lulu loved it!

Valentine's Day is coming soon, and if you want to surprise your Valentine with a simple yet delicious dish, you should consider cacio e pepe. If you can’t take your love to Rome this Valentine’s Day, it’s a great way to bring a touch of Rome to your love!

Coliseum Roma Italy Photo


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Happy Valentine and Vietnamese New Year 2010! Recipe
Today is Valentine's Day and Tết (the Vietnamese New Year)! First, I want to tell my husband Lulu how much I love him. We've known each other for more than 10 years now, married for 5 and I look forward to spending more years of blissful happiness with the love of my life. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin mon coeur!



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