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Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts Recipe

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

10.16.12 by Jackie

My husband Lulu and I are leaving our baby with her grandparents tomorrow and will visit Brussels, Belgium. To mark the occasion, I cooked Brussels sprouts with châtaignes pelées au feu (peeled, fire-roasted peeled chestnuts). Sautéed with shallots in butter, Brussels sprouts have a starchy texture similar to the chataignes and make a wonderful side dish.

For added color, I added sun-dried tomatoes.


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Roasted Bell Pepper Soup Recipe Recipe

Roasted Bell Pepper Soup Recipe

10.12.12 by Jackie

Since we arrived in Paris, my husband Lulu and I have taken the opportunity to have romantic getaways in Europe and leave baby Aria with my parents. My parents are thrilled to get to have time alone with their granddaughter, and thankfully, so is Aria. As the crazy mom that I am, I've left a long list of instructions for my mom to ensure the happy well-being of my baby girl, and that includes what she eats. Ever since Aria started eating solid food, I've managed to feed her only homemade baby food. I use the term baby food loosely, since I only feed Aria food that I would also eat.

I've taught Maman one of Aria's favorite soups: roasted bell pepper soup. It's a healthy blend of lentils, brown rice and roasted bell peppers. When Lulu and I came home, there was still some soup left, so we all ate it as a first course. I garnished it with sweet basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. It's fantastic!


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Cepe Mushroom Gratin Recipe Recipe

Cepe Mushroom Gratin Recipe

10.09.12 by Jackie

While strolling in an open-air market in Paris with my father, he noticed fresh cèpe mushrooms. If you've never seen them, they're quite large and brown, very similar to porcini mushrooms. In my opinion, these are very tasty mushrooms and Jean-Damien, my brother-in-law, had mentioned people go "hunting" for these wild mushrooms in the Parisian forests ("les forêts d'Ile-de-France"). Papa bought 2 small cases and I made a very simple mushroom gratin to showcase the unique flavor of these wonderful mushrooms.

I sautéed the cèpes in garlic and sweet basil. Then I transferred them to a gratin dish and covered them with alternating layers of Gruyère cheese and béchamel sauce. The result was a divine, creamy dish that suits the rainy weather we've experienced here in France.


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Roasted Pumpkin Filled Crepe Recipe (Beggar's Purse) Recipe

For my husband Lulu's birthday, the three of us took a few days off to visit Paris. My baby Aria is already having a blast, enjoying every bit of Parisian life so far. We arrived last Friday and have already had time to go to museums and wander through Parisian markets. We noticed that Halloween has become increasingly popular in France, and decorated pumpkins are available everywhere. Of course, pumpkins are just as much fun to eat as they are to draw on, so I picked one up and used it to make dinner.

To prepare this recipe I roasted a pumpkin, gathered the pulp and stuffed it into a crêpe. The filling also contains a little Saint Marcellin cheese and pine nuts. I love cooking with this ripe cheese; when warm, it has a robust mushroom-y, earthy flavor.

Give this recipe a try, and you’ll (almost) feel like you're in the City of Lights. I’ll take lots of pictures while I’m here and will share them on my Twitter and Facebook pages, so if you haven’t already, follow / like Pham Fatale for all the updates!

 


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Creamy Pesto Polenta Recipe Recipe

Creamy Pesto Polenta Recipe

10.04.12 by Jackie

In this recipe I brightened a creamy polenta dish with homemade pesto. The pesto is made with parsley, pine nuts and roasted garlic. To ensure fluffy polenta, I incorporated whipped cream. The result is spectacular, almost dessert-like.

This delicious side dish pairs wonderfully with beef steaks. I’ve also served it with a red cabbage coleslaw so the colors pop on the plate. You know the saying: you eat with your eyes first!


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