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Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Morel Mushrooms and Chestnuts Recipe

If you're planning on serving poultry on Christmas Eve, you might want to consider this dish. I stuffed chicken with morel mushrooms, caramelized onions and season-friendly roasted chestnuts. I used chicken thighs with the skin on so the meat remained ultra moist and because boning them could be done without difficulty. The whole procedure isn't necessary but it gives the dish an attractive appearance. Once the chicken was cooked, I let it rest for 30 minutes and obtained beautiful slices of chicken roulade. 

I'm definitely going to recreate this dish for Christmas, though I'm not sure which poultry I’m going to use. This recipe could be used with duck, pheasant or turkey, but I prefer goose  for a holiday feast. You could also use the stuffing of your choice such as sausage, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, blue cheese, dried cranberries or bread dressing. I can't predict the future but I can tell this is going to be a delicious holiday season!


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Cauliflower Salad with Roasted Bell Pepper Dressing Recipe

Here's a recipe for a delicious, inexpensive and healthy dish. I prepared a simple cauliflower salad with two entire heads of cauliflower. The wow factor resides in its delicious salad dressing; I made it with roasted bell pepper, which gave a warm and inviting tone to the dish. Additionally, I used pine nuts for extra creaminess and a more complete protein source.

Stay tuned and check out what I pair the red cauliflower salad with tomorrow. If you like meat, I promise you won't be disappointed! 


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Coffee Pot de Creme Recipe Recipe

Coffee Pot de Creme Recipe

12.06.13 by Jackie

This week has gone by so fast. And it's already that time of the week when I share another dessert recipe with you. I prepared a French dessert I make often during the winter season because it doesn't require any fruit. I simply raided my pantry and used vanilla beans, instant coffee and Kahlúa, which is a coffee-flavored, rum-based liqueur. Yes, you probably already guessed it; I prepared pot de creme.

I love how easy and simple they are to make. The texture is velvety and lightly sweetened. In my opinion, pots de crème are the quintessential representation of decadence one can find in French desserts. 


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Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe Recipe

Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

12.05.13 by Jackie

One way to guarantee flavorful minestrone soup is to use pre-roasted chicken and chicken broth. Once you have these ready, making minestrone soup is very easy. For this winter version, I added common vegetables that are available this season, such as onions, celery, turnip and carrots. A few herbs, as well as black lentils and pipette macaroni pasta completed this rustic, thick soup. 

I don't know about your area, but we've been pulling out all our cold-weather gear. In the Bay Area this evening, temperatures dipped to near freezing; I could barely feel my nose and ears. Baby Aria was so cute in her cozy, quilted snowsuit. When we came home, this chicken minestrone soup really warmed us up.  


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Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe

12.03.13 by Jackie

This "tourte au potiron" (French for "savory pumpkin pie"), is my kind of cold-weather comfort food. And it’s a real hit with the family, especially given the fact that everything is made from scratch.

As with any pie, the two parts that need to be properly executed to have a successful dish are the filling and the crust. The pumpkin filling is flavored with a hint of heat from red chili flakes, a bit of mascarpone cheese and a few cubes of Dubliner cheese for extra nutty saltiness. Perfect flakiness of the crust requires a few key steps. First, use cold diced butter and ice water and knead the dough as little as possible. Second, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator (or freezer); before filling, lightly brush the bottom of the "tourte" with egg white to seal and "water-proof" the dough. Last, once the pie is folded, sealed and firmly pressed on the edges, brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. Preparing homemade pie crust is literally easy as pie; plus your meal will look rustic and taste delicious. 

My philosophy is to not restrict my diet too much as long as I eat in moderation and work out regularly. An important thought to keep in mind during the holiday season!


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