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Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone Recipe

Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone

07.02.12 by Jackie

I'm still cooking through the vegetables from our garden. Today, my husband Lulu and the girls picked dozens of zucchini and crook-neck squash. I stuck to one of their favorite meals and made a savory tart. I pan-fried slices of zucchini and squash as the topping for the tart and made a filling with leeks and mascarpone cheese. The girls followed the directions for my homemade savory crust and I let them assemble the dish. Served with a dried sour cherry and cherry tomato relish, what more could one ask for?

In my opinion, getting children involved in the kitchen and in our everyday tasks in general (the girls' chores include watering the plants daily, for example) is the best way to teach them healthy habits. They understand what is on their plate and the effort it took to get it there!

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Quiche Lorraine Recipe Recipe

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

06.18.12 by Jackie

Quiche Lorraine, as its name indicates, is a savory tart that originated in the north-eat region of France, la Lorraine. The word quiche is derived from the word "Küchen", which means "cake" in German. What makes the quiche Lorraine stand out is the addition of bacon or lardons to the traditional quiche ingredients.

I made mine with turkey bacon, herbes de Provence and leeks and prepped the dough the night before. I flavored it with herbes de Provence and caramelized onions. You can prepare both the crust and filling separately in advance and assemble at the last minute for a quick and easy dinner meal. Accompany with a salad, serve the dish on your patio (or anywhere outdoors) and you'll feel as if you're sitting on the terrace of a café in France!


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Tabouleh Stuffed Mushrooms (Mushroom Appetizer Recipe) Recipe

In this recipe, mushrooms are used as little receptacles for serving tabouleh. They make very refreshing appetizers, which pair perfectly with the beautiful weather we've had in the Bay Area. 

I pickled the mushrooms days in advance so the mushrooms aren't raw but still hold their shape and don't darken. The appetizers are assembled at the last minute and they make an ideal dish for a buffet-style party. We're hosting our  annual pool party soon, so I've been experimenting with fun, summer-y appetizers for the occasion and this mushroom dish is definitely going to make the list! 


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Lobster Ceviche Recipe Recipe

Lobster Ceviche Recipe

05.07.12 by Jackie

This is lobster cooked ceviche style. I got the inspiration from our anniversary trip to Cancun several years ago. The concept is very simple: seafood is partially "cooked" by incorporating a citrus marinade. The marinade was made up of the usual key ingredients, lemon juice and wasabi.

What makes this chilled dish so refreshing is the added celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, green Thai chiles and dill. 


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Eggplant Tart Recipe Recipe

Eggplant Tart Recipe

05.04.12 by Jackie

This eggplant tart is a refreshing and light dish. Eggplants are sliced, grilled and seasoned with pistachio pesto. The filling is a mixture of chopped eggplant with sautéed water chestnuts, which adds body to the tart.

Paired with a salad, this makes the perfect midday meal. It's pretty filling and will keep you going for the rest of the day. Enjoy!


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