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Mediterranean Pinwheel Sandwich Recipe Recipe

These colorful pinwheel sandwiches are loaded with Mediterranean flavors. Fresh and roasted vegetables are brought together with hummus and pleasingly tart capers. The cabbage and carrots were also briefly pickled in lemon juice and a little sugar to add a little brightness without sacrificing their crunch.

I made these pinwheel sandwiches a while back with the gals from California Lavash. I had a blast cooking with them and look forward to doing it again soon. Their pizza lavash is out of this world. These sandwiches are perfect for the summer and would look fabulous at any picnic, party or barbecue. Enjoy the sunshine!


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Grilled Corn on the Cob (Chili Lime Corn Recipe) Recipe

We grilled a lot of meat and vegetables yesterday, but the star of the show was grilled corn. It was so sweet! We had several with salt and just a touch of butter, but I also made a rub of lime zest, lime juice, red chili flakes, garlic and caramelized onions to balance and enhance the sweetness. 

We're not very good about making use of our grill during the summer, but after today the whole family has been inspired to prepare barbecues more regularly. Hope everyone had a great 4th!


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Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone Recipe

Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone

07.02.12 by Jackie

I'm still cooking through the vegetables from our garden. Today, my husband Lulu and the girls picked dozens of zucchini and crook-neck squash. I stuck to one of their favorite meals and made a savory tart. I pan-fried slices of zucchini and squash as the topping for the tart and made a filling with leeks and mascarpone cheese. The girls followed the directions for my homemade savory crust and I let them assemble the dish. Served with a dried sour cherry and cherry tomato relish, what more could one ask for?

In my opinion, getting children involved in the kitchen and in our everyday tasks in general (the girls' chores include watering the plants daily, for example) is the best way to teach them healthy habits. They understand what is on their plate and the effort it took to get it there!

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Carrot and Red Bell Pepper Soup Recipe Recipe

We’ve been experiencing unseasonably cool weather this week. I’ve been making a lot of healthy summer salads for the family, but today I decided to switch it up a bit and prepare a big pot of hot soup.

I used the remaining freshly picked carrots from our garden and roasted red bell peppers as the main flavorings in the soup. To ensure that it remained healthy and well-balanced, I added well-known French beans called flageolet beans. They resemble large, pale green kidney beans and have a very delicate flavor with a starchy texture, which married perfectly with the velvety soup. 


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Honey and Mustard Roasted Quail Recipe Recipe

Cailles rôties au miel et à la moutarde translates in English to honey and mustard roasted  quails. This dish is "uber" easy to make, as the girls (they're teenagers) would say. I halved the quails lengthwise for faster cooking time, then glazed the meat with a honey and mustard mixture. The sweetness and subtle heat from the sauce make the perfect sophisticated dish. 

I couldn't resist serving the quails with quenelles of mashed potatoes. Don't get me wrong, I'm still trying as hard as I can to shed the last few pounds I gained during my pregnancy. I work out very hard daily but even though I watch my diet, I don't deprive myself of delicious foods. It's all about portion control. Quails are delicious and smaller sized than chicken. One quail was sufficient for my appetite and I felt full afterwards. I probably would eat two on a regular basis but that would only be out of sheer greediness!

 


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