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Pot Au Feu Recipe (French Beef Stew) Recipe

I don't make pot-au-feu very often but I felt like giving myself a treat today. I made the French-style beef stew using oxtail bones. The dish looks very rustic and doesn't require exquisite cuts of meat. The oxtail pieces provide a nice texture thanks to their gelatin content. The gravy consists of turnip, carrots, celery, leeks and onions. I also added a few fresh sprigs of fragrant herbs, clove and a bottle of good drinking wine. 

The meat was so tender and fell off the bone so easily that it was difficult to gather a whole piece into the serving dish. It was baby Aria's first pot-au-feu and I can tell she's going to have many more. After her first bite she said “miam miam” (French for yum yum)!


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Cauliflower Cold Soup with Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Cold cauliflower soup is a refreshing first course during the hot weather, especially with the heatwave that we've been experiencing these past few days. I blended cauliflower, sweet round rice, ginger garlic paste and crème fraîche with a few spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric. I served it in bowls (you could also use chilled glasses) topped with grilled shrimp covered with mango and sungold cherry tomatoes.

My husband Lulu is a vegetarian so I simply omitted the shrimp and prepared a separate batch using flavorful homemade vegetable stock. That way Lulu and I were able to share the meal together.


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Morel Mushroom Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

Making pasta sauce doesn't have to take hours or be difficult. I prepared a flavorful, gourmet tomato sauce combining freshly picked San Marzano tomatoes, leeks, fresh morel mushrooms and a red Thai chile with very little effort. I used it with store-bought mushroom ricotta ravioli pasta.

The temperature in the San Francisco Bay Area reached over 100 degrees this weekend and it seems the heat wave is going to continue this coming week. My husband Lulu is ecstatic because the San Marzano tomatoes he planted months ago are finally growing and ripening on the vine. San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of plum tomatoes and they're the best paste tomatoes for making sauces.


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Peanut Butter Cookies with Marshmallow Peanut Crumb Topping Recipe

This week, I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with my husband's 9-year-old nephew. Baby Aria found the cutest nickname for him: "Hashee". He loves to bake, so we spent the day in the kitchen.

First, we came up with a game plan. Hashee loves peanut butter, so we baked peanut butter cookies. We topped them with melty marshmallows and covered them with peanut crumb topping.

I’m planning on baking a lot for the July 4th celebrations. What kinds of cookies/pies/tarts/ do you enjoy most during this holiday?


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 French Carrot Salad Recipe (Carottes Rapées) Recipe

Carottes rapées are a French classic; simple crisp, shredded carrots are mixed with green beans, toasted pine nuts and Italian parsley.

I drizzled lime vinaigrette over the slaw-like salad and mixed until evenly distributed. If you look at the condiments in a traditional banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), you'll find another version of shredded carrots called đô chua. The recipe for đô chua is in my new cookbook, Banh Mi, available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I'll be talking about it for the first time on Chef Bev Lazo's radio show The Coolinary Trends on iRantRadio.com today (June 27th) at 8pm PST. Hope you can join us!


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