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Thai Sticky Rice Recipe Recipe

Thai Sticky Rice Recipe

07.26.13 by Jackie

Xôi xoài Thái Lan, in Vietnamese, literally translates to "mango sticky rice from Thailand". It's a very popular dessert in Asia; steamed sticky is rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk and paired with freshly-cut mangoes, then drizzled with thick, syrupy coconut sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. 

I made this dessert is because I had leftover pandan leaves that I used in the recipes I developed for my second cookbook, Banh Mi, available since July 18th. By the way, it was named "Best Book of the Month" (July badge) on Amazon. Also, my husband's teenage sisters, Sunny, Lya, Mimi and Lala (that's what Aria calls them) spent last month in Asia. I was surprised when they got back that they asked for this sweet treat, because it's such an easy, common Asian dessert.

It really satisfied their craving and I hope it brought back good memories of their time on the beaches of Thailand and Vietnam. 


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Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe

07.12.13 by Jackie

Whenever I go a little overboard buying bananas at the market, once the bananas are totally over-ripe, I end up mashing to them for baking. Muffins are a great way to make use of them, and today I made chocolate sour cherry muffins. I used frozen Montmorency cherries, dried cherries and milk chocolate chips. The tartness from the fruit provided a great balance of flavors with the richness from the chocolate.

Lya's best friend is having a sleepover tonight, so I prepared these for them. Their plan is to dance othe  the XBOX 360 Dance Central game, then watch loads of movies. The bffs will definitely get munchies during their fun night, and these cherry muffins are the perfect late night snack!


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Peanut Butter Cookies with Marshmallow Peanut Crumb Topping Recipe

This week, I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with my husband's 9-year-old nephew. Baby Aria found the cutest nickname for him: "Hashee". He loves to bake, so we spent the day in the kitchen.

First, we came up with a game plan. Hashee loves peanut butter, so we baked peanut butter cookies. We topped them with melty marshmallows and covered them with peanut crumb topping.

I’m planning on baking a lot for the July 4th celebrations. What kinds of cookies/pies/tarts/ do you enjoy most during this holiday?


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Apricot Pot de Creme Recipe Recipe

Apricot Pot de Creme Recipe

06.14.13 by Jackie

When Lulu and I attended my older sister's wedding in 2007 in Paris, I recall the most delicious store-bought dairy dessert I discovered at my very dear friend Nathalie’s house. We had a lovely dinner and finished the meal with Bonne Maman brand miniature jars of petits pots de crème. But unlike the ones I usually prepare, these pots de crème had a much heavier, thicker, smooth and creamy texture. Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued; Lulu and I searched for it during our most recent trip to France without success.

This is my attempt to recreate that lovely French dessert. The dessert is made with a lot of white chocolate, a fair amount of heavy cream, butter and eggs. I flavored it with apricots from our garden and amaretto to enhance the apricot flavor.

I served the dessert with a fresh fruit salad and a small scoop of rum raisin ice cream for a little temperature and texture contrast.


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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Recipe

We're a large family and we often have surprised guests. I'm always prepared for this possibility and have uncooked cookie dough or individual dessert cups ready in the freezer. Today was no exception. I used already-rolled almond cookie dough that I simply popped in the oven for 10 minutes, rotated the tray, pressed them to create a cavity and continue baking them for exactly 8 more minutes. Then, I filled the formed thumbprint cookies with hot vanilla raspberry preserves.

I served the cookies with masala chai and a tray of fresh raspberries and freshly cut pineapples. Voilà‎: tea time is served!


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