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Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Radiatore Pasta Recipe Recipe

Our entire family is vegetarian except for little Aria and me so Meatless Monday isn't something out of the ordinary in our household.  It’s part of an effort on my part to eat a little bit healthier by reducing our meat consumption. If we can hit two targets with one bullet, I want to go for it. And since I'm keeping a strict vegetarian diet this week with the beginning of the Vietnamese Tết celebrations (a tradition of Tết is that you  eat vegetarian (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of Asian New Year), it's perfect timing for this.. 

I prepared roasted butternut squash and mixed in cooked radiatore pasta. It's super easy to prepare and if you want to be on the healthier side, you can completely omit the cheese from the sauce.


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Mulberry Hazelnut Apple Tart Recipe Recipe

In my opinion, your Valentine essentials consist of anything with chocolate; it's sort of the unofficial sponsor of Valentine's Day. But chocolate isn't always given, and if your special someone isn't a chocolate lover (hard as that may be to believe), I have an alternative dessert. I prepared a hazelnut cream apple tart with a hidden layer of mulberry preserves that I canned last summer.

I'm sure your sweetie will be appreciate your sweet (no pun intended) gesture and that these little drool-inducing sweets will create special memories in his/her heart.


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Apricot Roasted Rack of Lamb Recipe

Apricot Roasted Rack of Lamb

02.04.15 by Jackie

One of my favorite dishes, and one that was a staple in my home as a child, was le carré d'agneau persillé, or persillade-crusted rack of lamb. Today, I decided to make a slightly different version that incorporated exotic spices, sweet notes in the form of dried fruits such as dried apricots and almond, parsley and mint in the coating. 

To ensure that the meat was juicy and very tender, I marinated the lamb in an apricot, ginger, Baharat spices and buttermilk mixture. You'll have to let the lamb marinate overnight. It will take some patience until you're able to enjoy it but your efforts will be rewarded. Lastly, once the lamb was cooked, I covered it with the almond, parsley and mint coat for extra fragrance. 

Rack of Lamb

 

 


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Crepe Day (La Chandeleur) Recipe

Crepe Day (La Chandeleur)

02.02.15 by Jackie

BonjourToday (February 2nd) is a popular French celebration called La Chandeleur (also known as the Christian holiday, Candlemas). On this day in France, we eat crêpes--a lot of crêpes. And there's nothing easier than preparing the flat "pastries" appreciated by foodies all over the world. I've attached the video on "How to Make Perfect French Crêpes" so you can see how simple the preparation is.

I've gathered many recipes using crêpes; what a great way to kick off the week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGor5pGtxTg


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Oyster Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe Recipe

Israeli couscous, also known as Middle Eastern couscous or pearl couscous, is a great alternative to potatoes, rice or pasta. I served the less-common starch with oysters and marinated artichokes as a starter during a recent dinner party. 

I served the Israeli couscous salad with wild cherry-flavored red pepper and walnut sauce, which complements the dish wonderfully and provides a pleasant color contrast. 


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