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Beet Green Pesto Gnocchi Recipe Recipe

Beet Green Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

06.20.12 by Jackie

Here's another flavorful and healthy recipe using the young beet leaves from my garden. If the leaves are still young, they're edible! I've cooked with beet greens in the past but I find that the best way to consume them all is to use them in sauces. To that end, I made beet green pesto mixing macadamia nuts, Romano cheese and of course, the beet greens. 

What goes better with pesto than gnocchi? It’s definitely one of my favorite combinations and I was eager to see how the beet green flavor matches with the gnocchi. After sautéing the gnocchi in a bit of olive oil, I added a touch of ricotta cheese and completed the sauce with the beet green pesto and a bit of the beet liquid.

I've finally used all the beet greens for this week. Mission accomplished! 


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Quiche Lorraine Recipe Recipe

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

06.18.12 by Jackie

Quiche Lorraine, as its name indicates, is a savory tart that originated in the north-eat region of France, la Lorraine. The word quiche is derived from the word "Küchen", which means "cake" in German. What makes the quiche Lorraine stand out is the addition of bacon or lardons to the traditional quiche ingredients.

I made mine with turkey bacon, herbes de Provence and leeks and prepped the dough the night before. I flavored it with herbes de Provence and caramelized onions. You can prepare both the crust and filling separately in advance and assemble at the last minute for a quick and easy dinner meal. Accompany with a salad, serve the dish on your patio (or anywhere outdoors) and you'll feel as if you're sitting on the terrace of a café in France!


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Cherry Almond Tart Recipe Recipe

Cherry Almond Tart Recipe

06.15.12 by Jackie

I mentioned recently that my husband Lulu surprised me with a celebratory trip to the Napa Valley. We felt it was well deserved after completing the manuscript of my first cookbook (available for pre-order). We stayed at the Vintage Inn. We've been there  before and we've never been disappointed. The hotel is located in the heart of Yountville, within 3 blocks of what seems like the highest concentration of Michelin Star Restaurants in the world. The service was exquisite as usual with complimentary champagne breakfast buffet daily and a lovely afternoon tea service to boot. It's by far the best hotel breakfast I've ever had, ranging from petite pastries, freshly-made omelets, goat cheese walnut puffs and chocolate tartlets. What truly caught my attention was the delicious almond tart with seasonal fruit. I couldn't resist making the same dessert today to remind us of our trip, and as a huge thank you to Lulu for such a fabulous, memorable vacation. Of course, the restaurants were out of this world and the scenery was beautiful; but the highlight of the trip was relaxing with my husband and baby at this lovely hotel. If you visit Yountville, without a doubt, stay at the Vintage Inn!

The tart is made with a dense, almond filling and a large quantity of fresh cherries and blueberries. I made the crust with powdered sugar, toasted rice flour and regular all-purpose flour. The result is a wonderful fruit tart oozing with sweet fruits and a crunchy crust.


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Beet Tart with Beet Green Pesto Recipe

Beet Tart with Beet Green Pesto

06.14.12 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been harvesting the most beautiful vegetables this season. I cook depending on what's available in our vegetable box, and today, I played around with red and golden beets. Nothing went to waste. I made a beet leaf (it's edible!) pesto that I used as the filling for a -- you guessed it -- beet tart

I recently discovered fellow blogger Béatrice Peltre's new cookbook that shares the name of her lovely website, LaTartineGourmande.com. I adapted her savory crust recipe for this dish, and I was very pleased with the result. The xanthan gum dough holds together much better, so I'm definitely going to keep this tip in mind.

Beet Green Pesto Recipe with Picture

 


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Three Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

Three Bean Salad Recipe

05.29.12 by Jackie

This salad recipe doesn't call for any vinegar or lemon juice in the dressing. The natural acidity of the nectarines is all you'll need. As an added bonus, the nectarines lend an added freshness to the dish. Three beans are used in the salad: black eyed peas, kidney beans and black beans. Crumbled feta cheese, jicama, Romaine lettuce, baby spinach leaves and a few other ingredients complete the dish.

The salad is not only tasty but filling, due to the starchy nature of the legumes. Especially with vegetarians in my house, I find that a bean salad is a simple, nutritious and tasty option for lunch when I just don't feel like cooking.


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