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Meyer Lemon Mousse in Wonton Cups Recipe

Don't be intimidated by the photo of today's dessert, because these little dessert cups are so easy to make! As long as you have lemon curd and wonton wrappers, the preparation will take no time.

I've made a lot of jars of Meyer lemon curd over the last few days and I used one of them to create this dessert. I folded in a bit of sweetened whipped cream so the mousse was light and airy and used it to fill the shaped and baked wonton cups. A topping of my citron confit and a dash of powdered sugar made the cutest garnish that also acted as a reminder of the flavors of this elegant dessert.


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Duck Confit and Morel Mushroom Ravioli Filling Recipe Recipe

I went through my pantry and freezer and thought it was time to do a little spring cleaning. I decided to make ravioli and filled them with the duck confit I had in the freezer, along with ricotta cheese, Pecorino cheese, cider, apples, morel mushrooms and tarragon. 

I ended up making two large batches of the homemade pasta: one vegetarian and one with the shredded duck inside. My preference leans toward the meat version, but my husband Lulu who's a vegetarian enjoyed the other version as much as I did!


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Poached Quail Eggs on Polenta Recipe

Poached Quail Eggs on Polenta

03.20.13 by Jackie

This is my healthy interpretation of "bacon and eggs". The high-fat nature of this dish made me consider alternatives for brunch fare. To make the dish, I pan-fried rounds of polenta, then stacked layers (and colors) of sautéed beech mushrooms, poached quail eggs, dill pesto and crispy vegetarian bacon.

If the idea of a high calorie meal doesn't bother you, you can replicate the same recipe with real bacon, chicken eggs and increase the amount of cheese in the pesto. And don’t worry, I’m not judging!


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Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake Recipe Recipe

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake Recipe

03.19.13 by Jackie

I've made this cake recipe for years. I think I found the recipe when I was a little girl on the back of vanilla sugar packets that are commonly available in France. I haven't changed the base of the cake batter much since then.

The great part of this recipe is that the measuring tool is the yogurt container. And after making it once, you'll probably never have to refer to the recipe again. Simply remember "1, 2, 3, ½, 3": 1 yogurt, 2 measures of sugar, 3 measures of flour, half a measure of oil (½), 3 eggs, 1 packet of "levure" (baking powder) and 1 packet of vanilla sugar.

Instead of serving the cake plain, which by the way is great with tea, I flavored the cake with Meyer lemon zest and glazed it with a Meyer lemon mascarpone glaze. It was truly fantastic!


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Pumpkin Chestnut Puree Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Chestnut Puree Recipe

03.15.13 by Jackie

I prepared a pumpkin with fresh chestnuts today for baby Aria and she absolutely loved it. The texture was a little too thick, so I thinned it with mashed plantains and a bit of milk. The pumpkin chestnut purée was as nutritious as it was delicious.

Who said "baby" food can't be tasty? I’ve made an effort to prepare homemade baby food ever since Aria started eating solids. She's already 16 months old and loves trying new foods. My motto is that I won’t serve anything to her that I wouldn’t eat myself. She seems to appreciate it and has become quite the little foodie! She even says “mmmmm” when we’re watching The Cooking Channel. Bobby Flay and the Iron Chef are her favorites!


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