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How to Cook Black Rice Recipe

How to Cook Black Rice

03.18.11 by Jackie

Did you know that there are thousands of rice varieties? I found that out recently when I was introduced to black rice. I had never seen it before, but it's apparently very popular in Asia. Served as a side dish or in the form of rice pudding, black rice has a texture comparable to brown rice, but with a more pronounced nutty flavor. The dark color comes from the un-milled rice grain, which leaves a dark husk. In Imperial China, black rice was quite rare, and for this reason consumption was limited to royalty. For this reason, it can also go by the names “forbidden rice” or “Emperor's rice”.

Similar to blueberries and blackberries, black rice is packed with antioxidants. Today, I served black rice as a healthy side along with artichokes, baby carrots, bell peppers and asparagus. It’s a wonderful way to dress up even the simplest of dishes.


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Gluten Free Tofu Ravioli Soup Recipe Recipe

Tofu ravioli soup is a great first course. The soup is very light and as a bonus, it's gluten free. The twist is that thin slices of tofu are used as the wrapper for the ravioli. I filled the gluten-free raviolis with pre-cooked mushrooms, mung bean paste and jicama. I served them phở-style, meaning that I brought the ravioli to the table in bowls and then covered them with boiling-hot broth just before serving.

I learned the recipe from the lovely Chef Theresa Lin while attending the top 100 Chinese Restaurant Show in January in San Francisco. She's a hostess of several Chinese-language TV and radio programs around the world. She also was the executive food designer of the hit film "Eat Drink Man Woman," which garnered an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Film. I got the opportunity to spend some time and have lunch with her, and in a very brief amount of time I learned quite a bit about Chinese cuisine. She is such a sweet lady and let Lulu and me taste her delicious food. This was one of the dishes she featured, and we loved it. You will too!


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Water Chestnuts Recipe

Water Chestnuts

01.30.11 by Jackie
Chinese water chestnuts, most commonly known as water chestnuts, are not nuts. They are an aquatic root vegetable that grows in the mud. They're small in size and round. Water chestnuts can be eaten raw, par-boiled, grilled or pickled. I usually par-boil them and sauté them with other ingredients. The white flesh is crisp and adds a nice balance of texture to a lot of dishes. In the past I've received questions about what water chestnuts look like. I realized I had never posted pictures of the ingredient. Hopefully this inspires you to try them fresh!
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Savory Cheesecake with Baked Plantain Crust Recipe

We had guests over for lunch recently and one of them is gluten intolerant. There are many options available such as rice noodle soups or potato dishes. This time, I tried to think out of the box; I made individual savory cheesecakes for a more refined presentation. But instead of making a gluten-free crust (using gluten-free flour), I used ripe yellow plantains that I molded using mini cake pans. I caramelized them with palm sugar, which enhanced the flavor of the dish and paired wonderfully with the fromage blanc filling.

I served the plantain entrée with thinly sliced radishes and salad greens. It made a wonderfully light and flavorful lunch.


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Chewy Pecan Caramels with Cardamom Recipe

The key utensil for making chewy caramels is a candy thermometer, as it's the only way to control the temperature of the sugar. A few degrees too high and the candies become hard.   

On a recent trip to San Antonio, we discovered these delicious Texan Pecan praline specialties. We brought a lot of boxes home but unfortunately they disappeared fast. Whenever my father-in-law or my husband come back from a trip to San Antonio, they bring back a boxes of the wonderful Texan delicacies. My mother-in-law always asks: "Honey, did you bring home my "magazines" from your business trip?" She refers to them as magazines because if the kids hear that there are caramels in the house they gobble them up right away.

This recipe is the result of several attempts to make the candies at home. To add my own touch, I flavoured the caramels with cardamom which pairs incredibly well with the crunchy roasted pecans. Until my father-in-law or my husband go back to San Antonio for their work, our family can enjoy these homemade caramels; they're perfect for the holidays!

Salted Caramel Recipe with Picture


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