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Vietnamese Crab Recipe: Cua Xao Sate Recipe

If you adore seafood as much as I do, you're in for a treat. This is a typical Vietnamese sauteed crab recipe called cua xào satế. The key to this recipe is in the preparation of the crab itself.

First, everything in the crab was used. What made the sauce was the use of "crab butter" as well as the corals from the inside of the crab. Then, I deep-fried the rest of the crabs and tossed them in a fragrant sauce called "satế," which consisted of garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, glass noodles and plenty of fresh chiles.


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Green Bean and Fennel Tart Recipe Recipe

I spent the entire week in Los Angeles. I took the opportunity to visit relatives and family friends, and I even ended up teaching them a couple of dishes.

The concept for this savory tart is very simple. I showed them how to make a flaky crust that took no more than 5 minutes. Then I used whatever vegetables we had on hand. This version contained thinly sliced fennel, shallots, super sweet baby bell peppers and dill for the filling. I wanted a pop of color, so as soon as the tart was fully baked, I topped it with boiled, bright green haricots verts and a few slices of homemade mozzarella. I returned it to the oven for a few minutes and we were done. What a fun way to spend Sunday in the kitchen! 


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Cocoa Carrot and Earl Grey Cupcakes Recipe

Sometimes I'm inspired by a fabulous meal at a restaurant, a dish on tv, or something that a friend whips up. Other times, like today, I find ingredients in front of me that I have to put to use. This recipe definitely falls into the latter category. I was determined to use the shredded carrots that remained from my morning freshly-pressed carrot juice. I decided to combine them with cocoa and Earl Grey tea and make earthy, complex cupcakes.

I think the combination worked beautifully. My husband Lulu loves tea so I wanted to incorporate this ingredient in the sweets. I used it as the icing of mini-cupcakes.

Cooking is an expression of love, so it doesn't matter how elaborate your dish is or how many hours you devote to it, what's really important is the matter in which you prepare it. Put your heart and soul into cooking, and I guarantee you that those who will enjoy the product of your efforts will appreciate it.


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Beef Stew Appetizers Recipe

Beef Stew Appetizers

02.06.14 by Jackie

Baby Aria is a toddler now and even though I tend to feed her soft food, I still want her to experience the different textures and flavors each meal can bring. I prepared a beef stew, which she adored, but I still had a little meat left. So I shredded it with a fork, formed little mounds and used them for appetizers.

I always have extra dough stored in my freezer (I used the same dough for my roasted butternut squash galette earlier this week). I formed little pockets by cutting rectangles of dough and pinching the edges with the back of fork. These little appetizers were so addictive that they were all gone in a jiffy.


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Eggplant Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Recipe

This is my go-to winter dish. It's filling, creamy and incredibly delicious. I sautéed penne pasta with grilled eggplant and covered both in a sun-dried tomato sauce. 

Sun-dried tomatoes add wonderful color to the sauce. You don't need to add a lot because their flavor is pretty robust and concentrated with an exquisite hint of saltiness. I selected penne pasta because the shape enables the sauce to coat and penetrate the pasta so each bite is extra scrumptious.


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