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Quiche Forestiere (Mushroom Quiche Recipe) Recipe

Quiche is a typical savory French pastry. In case you’ve never had one, it's an open-faced egg and cheese filled savory tart. This particular recipe is for a rustic, mushroom-filled quiche called quiche forestière. It can be served warm or cold and it's perfect for a picnic.

After attending my friend Alexia's wedding in the countryside this weekend, we're back in Paris and spent the day at the Jardin des Tuileries with baby Aria. Later, we headed to the Carousel and she adored riding the  merry-go-round horse. We stopped for lunch at a lovely boulangerie in the 4ème arrondissement on 4, rue du temple. We had an amazing croissant aux amandes (almond croissant), pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and quiche.

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Raspberry Pot de Creme Recipe Recipe

Raspberry Pot de Creme Recipe

09.13.13 by Jackie

During our trip to Paris, I'm going to post a lot of French-inspired dishes. To end the week beautifully, let me share with you a typical French sweet treat: pot de creme. I figured this individual dessert can get a little heavy so I "lightened" it up by creating a small cavity in the center and filled it with freshly-crushed raspberries. The acidity from the fruit contrasts wonderfully with the sweetness of the custard.

Sounds easy, no? Get ready to get a lot of ooohs and ahhs with very minimal effort!


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Saffron Carrot Orzo Risotto Recipe Recipe

I usually cook risotto when I want to make good use of excess pantry staples in my kitchen. In this risotto, instead of using rice, I selected orzo pasta. I kept the dish vegetarian and flavored it with saffron, carrots and very little Pecorino cheese. 

To ensure a good, creamy consistency, I moistened the orzo risotto with white wine, homemade vegetable stock and a dab of butter.

I find that the combination of butter and shallots makes for the most flavorful dishes, and this is no exception. The risotto was so exquisite, I served it as the main course. It's filling and delicious; you won't be disappointed. 


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Crepe Soufflee Recipe Recipe

Crepe Soufflee Recipe

09.06.13 by Jackie

I make crêpes very often. I've done it so many times since I was a kid that I bet I could prepare this batter with my eyes closed. The only difference in today’s recipe is that I made them thicker and fluffier. A crêpe soufflée is basically a regular crêpe batter folded with egg whites. This couldn't be easier!

I flavored the dessert with fig spread, fresh figs and a dollop of whipped cream. To provide a great contrast of texture, I sprinkle crushed honey-roasted peanuts on top. Give this simple French sweet treat a try; I promise you'll be in heavenly dessert bliss!


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Fig Marinara Pasta Recipe Recipe

Fig Marinara Pasta Recipe

09.05.13 by Jackie

Lala, my husband's youngest sister, helped to maintain our vegetable and fruit garden all summer. She definitely has a green thumb and has been so good watering our tomato plants and keeping them alive (even when I was out of town for the Banh Mi book promotion in Houston last week). Lala has just started 4th grade this month. She's a very witty girl, full of energy and such a foodie. She told me she didn't want to have to eat the school lunches this year and would prefer eating homemade food for her back-to-school lunch (click on the link for more back-to-school lunch suggestions).

I told her it would be possible only if she helps me in the kitchen once she's done with her homework. She started a chart with the menu of the week and she seemed so thrilled! I couldn't be more excited because these are more precious moments I get to  share with my munchkin, plus it's about sharing my passion for cooking. 

So this evening, we gathered a few San Marzano tomatoes, basil flowers and Brown Turkey figs. You're probably wondering what we made with all these fantastic ingredients? Pasta sauce! I sweetened the tomato sauce with a hint of maple syrup and tossed medium shell pasta into the delectable sauce. It’s sweet without being overpowering, and the figs give it a wonderful new dimension.


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