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Italian Tomato Bruschetta Recipe Recipe

During our trip to Florence, we were able to cook a few meals at home, sampling local ingredients. We lived right in the heart of Firenze and while preparing dinner, I sent my husband Lulu out to find a rustic bread. He ended up in a "panificio" (bread bakery) and asked the baker for his most popular bread. Lulu came home with a giant loaf of Tuscan-style bread, which I sliced into thick, crusty pieces and prepared bruschetta.

Bruschetta basically consists of grilled bread rubbed with fresh garlic and topped with tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. I upped the flavors with roasted garlic and loads of fresh basil. 


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Italian Corona Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

For those of you who recently started following me on Instagram, you've probably noticed our family is traveling in Italy. We landed in Rome and took a train to Florence. We wake up early in the morning to start our sightseeing, visiting the most incredible places such as Palazzo Vecchio, Pitti Palace or the Duomo and going to the most fabulous restaurants. I also wanted to check out the Mercato Centrale where I bought Corona beans. They're considered the "poor man's meat" and have a very starchy texture. So when I prepared a simple, supersized bean salad, the beans gave incredible body to the salad.

I added marinated olives, artichoke hearts, freshly-made buffalo mozzarella cheese and loads of fresh sweet basil and parsley.

 


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Olivier's Grandma's Pithivier Dessert Recipe Recipe

If you follow the blog, you've probably noticed the "pithivier cake" cooking tutorial my childhood friend Alexia, her husband Olivier and I filmed during their visit to Silicon Valley. We've received great feedback, but many of you asked for the recipe in print for easier readability. So without further ado, here it is. 

I've baked another pithivier; they're so easy to assemble (we've made four already since I learned Olivier's grandma "Mamie Françoise's" 1930s award-winning pithivier cake recipe). It originates from the small town of Pithiviers, in the Loiret département in north-central France where Olivier grew up. As we mentioned in the video, "shhh," this recipe is a secret! It's only made with almond flour, eggs, sugar and oranges. There is no butter; the richness comes from the abundance of almonds in the batter. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvBX8yONCLI&var=0

 


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Mango-Glazed Shrimp Recipe Recipe

Mango-Glazed Shrimp Recipe

06.12.14 by Jackie

My childhood friend Alexia, her husband Olivier (they called themselves "A et O") and their cutie Alice finally went back to Paris on Monday. Olivier, who's an avid foodie, really enjoyed eating his way through California. One comment he made to me is that he noticed  many savory dishes in California cuisine feature sweet notes.

His remark inspired me to apply a touch of sweetness to seafood for today's meal. I pan-seared jumbo tiger shrimp, then coated them in a spicy, ginger-y mango sauce. I used it first as a marinade for the shrimp, then used the remainder to baste them to a sweet and spicy glaze. 


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Authentic Pithiviers Cake (Award Winning Recipe) Video Recipe
My childhood friend Alexia and her husband Olivier are visiting. Olivier is an amazing cook and I've had the privilege to learn his grandma "Mamie Françoise"'s secret Pithiviers cake recipe. A Pithiviers is a cake made of almond flour, eggs, sugar and oranges. It originates from the town of Pithiviers, in the Orleans area of France, where Olivier and his family are from. According to his grandmother, there are many variations of this original classic French dessert but this one is the authentic recipe. The traditional version calls for candied fruits on top (fruits confits in French) and absolutely no top puff pastry crust. It is best eaten after resting for a few days. I can't tell you how long the baked Pithiviers can be stored because it didn't last long in our home! Whether you're a beginner or a professional pâtissier, this Pithiviers cake is easy to make at home, once we let you in on the secrets of this authentic recipe. Follow the instructions from this video and you'll have the pleasure of eating this moist cake that won the Pithiviers cake contest back in the 1930s. Mamie Françoise was the proud winner!
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