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Spicy Clams in Saffron Tomato Sauce Recipe

This is an upscale version of traditional "moules frites", Belgian bistro-style mussels and fries. I substituted clams for mussels and sweet potato fries for regular French fries. 

The clams are cooked in delicious cherry tomatoes and a pinch of saffron. I'm a little disappointed with the number of ripe tomatoes I was able to pick this morning because of the horrible weather we've had this year in the Bay Area. Nonetheless the tomatoes still tasted incredibly sweet and delicious.

You can check out the recipe for the oven sweet potato fries in my first cookbook, Haute Potato. On a separate note, I'm thrilled to announce that my second book, Banh Mi is shipping. For those of you who had placed a pre-order, it should be arriving soon. Check your Amazon.com / BN.com accounts!

It feels surreal to have the book in my hands and to see the project come to completion. If you like banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwiches), I think it will be a lot of fun to cook your way through this book. You’ll get a real taste for the different products sold in a Banh Mi shop. I can’t wait to answer your questions and hear about your experiences!


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Preserved Lemon Recipe Recipe

Preserved Lemon Recipe

06.25.13 by Jackie

I've received many requests over the years on how to preserve lemons. Once you learn how, it’s so easy you could do it in your sleep. The only ingredients required are lemons, of course, coarse salt and granulated sugar. No cooking is necessary. In this recipe I used Meyer lemons my husband Lulu harvested several months ago, but you could use any non-treated, organic citrus.

You could use them to flavor pasta, cold soups, sauces, salad dressing, dips, stews and many more dishes, including desserts. Stay tuned for a lot more recipes with preserved lemons.


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No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe (Egg Free Dessert) Recipe

This dessert might look complicated, but trust me, it took me all of 20 minutes tops to assemble it. It's an egg-free, no-bake blueberry cheesecake. I still had a couple of jars of Meyer lemon marmalade from last season and I julienned the lemon rind to flavor the cheesecake and decorate it as well. The citrus provides a great balance of flavor.

This sort of cheesecake only requires a handful of ingredients, which includes quality lady finger cookies, mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar, a hint of tangy crème fraîche, fresh blueberries, Meyer lemon marmalade (or whatever you have on hand) and a combination of lecithin, xanthan gum and a bit of oil. That's pretty much it. 


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Veal Scallopini with Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Baby Aria now has eight teeth and two more coming in. And boy, does she like to use them! She's not fussy at all when it comes to food. Aria and I usually eat the same meal. This evening, I prepared an "escalope de veau au chou fleur", which translates from French to "veal scallopini with cauliflower".

First, I browned slices of veal, then cooked a combination of cauliflower, Granny Smith apples and Sweet Million tomatoes as a side. I tied the dish together with gravy, and for added crunch, I added almond slivers at the last minute.

I have to admit that Aria’s favorite part of the meal was the cauliflower, and she wouldn’t have touched the veal if I hadn’t made her eat it. Lulu often reminds me that he never really liked the taste of meat when he was a child and by the time he was a teenager he happily gave up the idea of ever eating it again. I believe that if you train children to eat everything at a young age, they'll eat anything as adults. What do you think? Should I influence Aria to become a meat eater?


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Polenta Medallions with Turkey Recipe

Polenta Medallions with Turkey

06.19.13 by Jackie

Here's a gluten-free dish that won't leave you missing bread or pasta. I pan-fried pre-cooked basil and herb polenta medallions, then topped them with caramelized onions, turkey, eggplant and a small piece of goat cheese. I tied the dish together with tomato consommé and crunchy, coarsely chopped pistachios and 

Ground turkey can taste a little bland so I upped the flavors with Mesquite seasoning, oregano, tomato paste, dry white wine and eggplant. I turned the eggplant into a garlicky sauce and cooked the browned turkey bits. The result is a hearty and rustic turkey ragu. To balance the spices from the turkey, I paired it with a tomato consommé. It provided a nice contrast in flavor, texture and color, but you could always add a drizzle of lime juice instead, if you prefer.


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