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Superbowl Sugar Cookies Recipe

Superbowl Sugar Cookies

02.04.11 by Jackie

As a French girl, it’s probably not surprising how ignorant I am about American football. My husband Lulu has tried several times to teach me the rules, and failed miserably. I'm trying hard, I promise!  At the very least, I can participate in the fun by whipping up some delicious snacks to enjoy during the game.

Today, I made batches of sugar cookies using the colors of both teams. I used black and yellow for the Steelers and green and yellow for the Packers. The black, yellow and green cookie doughs were respectively flavored with semi-sweet chocolate, Meyer lemon and pandan paste.

I remember a few years back that the Steelers were participating in the Superbowl as well, so they must be a good team. Lulu's rooting for them, but with these cookies you can represent yourself no matter which team you're cheering for. I’m also going to post a list or two this afternoon of other tasty treats that you can serve at your Superbowl party, so stay tuned for that. I hope you enjoy the food and the company this Sunday!


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Clementine Chocolate Parfait Recipe Recipe

I made clementine mousse using fruits from our garden. The zest is amazingly fragrant. The exterior has such a deep orange color, I thought it would be perfect dressed as a parfait paired with French chocolate cookies we bought in Normandy.

My husband Lulu and I brought a lot of delicious French food back home from our recent trip to Europe. The cookies in the dish are called "La Mère Poulard" chocolatine cookies. They are specialty cookies from the Mont Saint Michel region of France. My parents took us there on New Year's Day. It's a rocky tidal island located in Normandy, topped with beautiful shops and a church. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While we were there, we had the region’s typical crêpes and of course brought back a few packs of cookies. If you’re in France and you have time, I recommend taking a visit.

Mont Saint Michel Picture


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Chocolate Red Bean Pie Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Red Bean Pie Recipe

01.03.11 by Jackie

I love Vietnamese bean desserts, but my husband Lulu's not a huge fan. Vietnamese desserts aren't sweet enough to his taste. So in the spirit of compromise, I created a pie inspired by Asian red bean desserts, but to an American's tastes.

First, I baked the pie crust, then spread in a generous amount of chocolate spread, and finally completed the dessert with a layer of sweetened red beans. 

The ration in this recipe is very easy to remember: 1 can sweetened red beans, 1 can of evaporated milk, 2 eggs, sugar and a little grated ginger. It's not your standard pie, but it's absolutely delicious.

Chocolate Red Bean Pie Recipe with Picture


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Almond Chocolate Cake Recipe (Moelleux au Chocolat) Recipe

Almond chocolate cake is a decadent chocolate dessert. The moist cake is made with blanched, ground almonds, semi-sweet chocolate and very little flour.

It's my best friend Alexia's favorite dessert. I remember one time visiting her in Düsseldorf, Germany, while she was finishing her masters. She picked me up at the train station and I surprised her with a still-warm almond cake. No joke, she finished the whole cake before we got back to her apartment; that's how scrumptious this cake is! Now that I'm back in Paris for the holidays, I can't wait to bake her favorite cake for her again. We haven't seen each other in almost two and a half years and she's getting married soon. While she's eating it again, I might try to embarrass her by re-telling the story to her fiancé. Am I not a wonderful friend?


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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Recipe

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

12.24.10 by Jackie

I used gingerbread cookies as a fun and playful way to get to know my niece and nephew when I met them for the first time. I baked a few gingerbread men for them, and asked them what they thought of the designs. My little nephew is just a year old, so I didn't use any egg in the  gingerbread dough.

We're finally back from a few days in Rome and now are spending Christmas with my parents and my sister's family in Paris.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Men Recipe with Picture


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