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New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas Recipe

New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas

12.31.13 by Jackie

If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party for a large crowd this year, bite-sized appetizers might be the best option for serving food. Here are a few suggestions for your buffet table. Bon appétit and see you l'année prochaine (next year)!


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Festive Shrimp Salad Recipe Recipe

Festive Shrimp Salad Recipe

12.19.13 by Jackie

Our lovely neighbor Tom is so sweet; he always brings us lemons from his brother's garden. I've made countless lemon desserts with them in the past, so this time I thought I could use them in a savory dish. 

I prepared a lemon dressing that I used both as marinade for jumbo shrimp and as vinaigrette for celery, spinach, cucumber, carrot and French green bean salad

If you want to turn a plain Jane seafood salad into a gorgeous salad course, I recommend using a mini dessert bowl and "hanging" the shrimp off the rim of the glass and placing the salad at the bottom of each bowl.


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Stuffed Veal Escalope Recipe Recipe

Stuffed Veal Escalope Recipe

12.18.13 by Jackie

This is a meal that would fit perfectly at your Christmas Eve dinner table. What I love most besides the incredible flavors is the beautiful presentation of the food. Plating plays a big part in the aesthetics of a dish, so don’t forget that aspect as you plan your holiday feast.

I prepared veal escalopes stuffed with lemon, pine nuts, golden raisins, garlic and fresh tarragon. Once the escalopes were cooked, I completed the dish with a flavorful sauce made from the pan drippings. 

By the way, there is still time to order both of my cookbooks, Haute Potato and Banh Mi, as gifts to your loved ones for Christmas . 2013 was a great year for me professionally, and 2014 seems to be starting with a bang. I;m doing a Golden Globes Luxury Gifting Suite at the beginning of the year and copies of Banh Mi will be included in the celebrity "swag bags."  Celebrities will be photographed on the red carpet at the suite with the Banh Mi book and I will be serving a few dishes from my cookbook. I'm so excited!


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

12.13.13 by Jackie

The girls and I have been baking up a storm this holiday season. Here's the recipe for their favorite cookie from this week’s concoctions. We made them without flour, butter or white sugar. The only requirement is the use of a generous amount of peanut butter, brown sugar and a few Christmasy-colored chocolate chips. The result was super gooey, soft and pillowy cookies.

The girls suggested we bake as many varieties of cookies as possible until Christmas Day. I can already tell what my New Year’s resolution is going to be!


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Festive Christmas Salad Recipe Recipe

Festive Christmas Salad Recipe

12.11.13 by Jackie

I wanted to create a festive, yet exotic salad in anticipation of the holiday season. So I prepared a homemade crouton, crab, mango and pomegranate salad. It was especially easy to prepare, and I completed it in no time as I used store-bought, pre-cooked crab. I also used the last pomegranate in our garden. The sweetness was incredible. 

I think this salad will really light up our Christmas table this year. Not only it is nutritious, complete and healthy, but there is added significance for me because it combines ingredients from all the cultures in my home: French (croutons, Herbes de Provence and pomegranate), Vietnamese (green mango and crab) and Indian (fried paneer cheese). How delicious does that sound?


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