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Apple Pear Cake Recipe Recipe

Apple Pear Cake Recipe

10.18.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu's favorite uncle (it's safe to say this because Daddy only has one brother) generously gave us two large bags filled with apples and pears freshly picked from his garden. They were so sweet that we ate a lot of them straight away.

After having our fill, I prepared several cakes with the remaining fruit. The recipe is fairly basic: simple cake batter, flavored with both vanilla beans and vanilla extract, poured into a non-stick mold and topped with cubes of three apples and one enormous pear. Once the cake was hot and ready, I drizzled it with a little bit of Calvados (apple-flavored liqueur) for extra yumminess.


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Warm Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

Warm Bean Salad Recipe

10.14.13 by Jackie

I spent the entire weekend cleaning up our vegetable garden. Even though the weather has been gorgeous in the Bay Area, it really feels like summer is turning into fall.

Today's dish is my attempt to showcase the colors of this season, mixing several kinds of beans. I prepared black eyed peas, French green lentils and butter beans. I soaked them overnight, then sautéed them in shallots and carrots to bring out the natural sweetness of the ingredients. I added blanched green beans at the end and flavored the warm bean salad with a citrus dressing. 


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Chocolate and Orange Spritz Cookies Recipe

I love to bake cookies. And when I have free time, I usually make cookie dough to freeze so whenever we have surprise guests, I have warm cookies freshly baked out of the oven. Today, I prepared a small batch of spritz cookies, which I flavored with cocoa and orange to match the season. These "gâteaux" (cookies in French) were made with brown sugar, so once they're baked, the house is filled with the scent of delicious chocolate-y caramel.

As I've mentioned in the past, baby Aria's eating habits are very similar to my husband’s. She loves sweets. She finished almost half the batch this afternoon before the girls even got back home from school. Naughty girl!


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Red Bell Pepper Potato Pancake Recipe Recipe

Potato pancakes are delicious and easy to make. The batter consists of potatoes of course, flour, eggs and milk. I often flavor them with a wide variety of vegetables. This is a great way to conceal a nice portion of vegetables, especially if you're trying to feed children who don't like to eat their veggies. 

During our stay in Paris, I made these for my parents and my daughter. While Aria loved the potato pancakes, my parents asked “where’s the meat?” What can I say, she loves vegetarian food, just like her dad. 


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Cauliflower Asparagus Manicotti Pasta Recipe Recipe

I’ve been feeling kind of miserable since getting home from our trip to Paris. Not only have I caught a nasty cough, but I'm still heavily jet-lagged.  What’s worse, I haven't visited the gym in almost a month and I have a mountain of tasks I need to complete very soon before I become totally overwhelmed. As you may have guessed, my cure for most problems is cooking, and today, I made one of my favorite comfort foods, something creamy, cheesy and filled with vegetables: an asparagus and cauliflower manicotti pasta.

To reduce the amount of cheese, calories and guilt in the béchamel sauce, I blended cauliflower into the white sauce. Once softened, the cauliflower became very creamy and gave extra body to the dish. 


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