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Brussels Sprout Pasta Recipe Recipe

Brussels Sprout Pasta Recipe

11.07.12 by Jackie

Now that the election is over, we can turn our sights to something that everyone can agree on: making delicious Thanksgiving food! But in food, as in politics, you can’t escape partisan ideology, and I find that people have a love or hate reaction to Brussels sprouts. That’s unfortunate, because even though green beans and collard greens are part of many people’s Thanksgiving tradition, I think that Brussels sprouts deserve consideration as well.

One way to get people to feel more comfortable with an ingredient they may not love is to dress it up with universally liked flavors. In this dish, I combined seared Brussels sprouts with garlic pesto pasta. The mild sweetness enhances and reinforces the garlicky goodness of the pesto. It’s familiar enough to make everyone at your dinner table smile. It also sneaks in some greens, which I think is really important on carb-heavy Thanksgiving.

 


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Fresh Tomato Soup Recipe Recipe

Fresh Tomato Soup Recipe

11.06.12 by Jackie

Our entire family has been following the elections very closely. Knowing that Ohio is a key state in the home stretch, I did some research and found out that tomato juice was its official beverage. It's not warm enough to make tomato juice, so I made a warm tomato soup, using the very last batch of tomatoes in our garden. 

I blended the ripe tomatoes with roasted red bell pepper, fried yellow onions, garlic, cumin, clove, fresh basil and crème fraîche. The result was very soothing and, to my surprise, the soup turned out very sweet and not acidic at all.

 


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Turmeric Tofu with Dill Recipe Recipe

Turmeric Tofu with Dill Recipe

11.05.12 by Jackie

This tofu dish is my attempt to make the equivalent of chả cá thăng long, which is pan-fried fish in dill, turmeric, galangal and sautéed onions. To mimic the fish, I pan-fried fresh tofu so that the outside has a crispy texture while the outside remains soft. The rest of the dish is similar to the original, but I also added baby asparagus spears for a little color.

The fish version is a bit more complicated because you have to prepare a marinade for the fish. So even if you’re not a vegetarian, consider this version when you’re in a hurry. Eat it with bun (vermicelli rice noodles) and you'll have a delicious, complete meal.


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Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe Recipe

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

11.01.12 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been stuck in bed for the last 2 days because of a bad cough. I made a comforting vegetable soup to soothe his throat. The ingredients of the soup are pretty standard. I used leeks, carrots, turnips, oregano, green onions, green peas and potatoes. For added crunch, saltiness and as a reminder of the flavoring in the soup, I topped the soup with fried green peas.

When I became a mom, I told myself I wouldn't become the kind of annoying mother, oversharing baby photos. So with that in mind, here's a really cute picture of my daughter Aria in her first Halloween costume. Isn't she a cutie pie?

Halloween Picture


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Bun Cari Ga Recipe (Vietnamese Chicken Curry) Recipe

Chicken curry is the kind of meal I love when the weather is getting chilly. The subtle heat from the wide range of spices such as cloves, cardamom, green Serrano chiles, curry leaves and nuoc mam is very pleasant, and the gravy is so satisfying when paired with bún (Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles). The noodles soak up all the delicious flavors from the gravy. 

I also love the fact that the dish uses chicken drumsticks because they're not too big, not too dry and they cook relatively fast. That’s a lot of love in one dish!


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