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Paneer Masala Mushroom Appetizers Recipe

Paneer masala is pan-fried paneer cheese simmered in a spicy, creamy sauce. It is amazing with plain basmati rice or hot naan. But instead of serving this dish the traditional way, I used it as a filling for mushrooms. The bold flavor of the curry sauce marries beautifully with the earthiness of the mushrooms; they make the most delicious fusion appetizers.

The idea for these cute appetizers was inspired by my aunt, Ma Mười. She told me the first time she tried Indian food years ago at a restaurant, she was served a lot of little metal tins filled with colorful sauces. After a while, she asked the waiter when her main meal was going to arrive. She thought they were condiments and didn't realize that was her entire meal.

These appetizers showcase the wonderful flavors of Indian cuisine for those who are not really familiar with this culture. I've prepared pizzas, "naaninis" and other fusion dishes with Indian toppings in the past. Indian cuisine is boldly flavored, so pairing it with simple and attractive presentation techniques is a low-risk strategy for producing delicious new dishes.


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Artichoke Butter Recipe Recipe

Artichoke Butter Recipe

06.03.13 by Jackie

This butter is delicious on a piece of toasted bread, but would go wonderfully with pasta, fish or grilled veggies. 

After making sweet potato tarte amandine and purple potato lavender white chocolate torte for my first cooking demonstration in front of a live audience recently, I had a lot of leftover high quality butter, so I decided to make a batch.

I prepared the flavored butter with artichoke hearts, a bit of sea salt, fresh basil leaves and lemon. It has a brightness to it that works well in almost any savory application. I'm planning on using the butter with a simple salt and pepper crusted steak


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Canh Bi Do (Pumpkin Wonton Soup Recipe) Recipe

Canh bí đỏ is Vietnamese pumpkin soup. But in this recipe instead of simply boiling the pumpkin in broth, I used it as the filling in wonton wrappers (hoành thánh in Vietnamese).

The Vietnamese pumpkin has a naturally sweet creaminess. If it's cooked properly the skin is also edible and adds a wonderful texture. To make the dish into a complete meal, I add fried tofu for protein and wheat germ, fried onion and shiitake mushroom for extra flavor. The rest is a simple broth so as not to overpower the flavorful pumpkin wontons.


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Nimbu Ka Achar (Indian Lemon Pickle Recipe) Recipe

I've been meaning to post this recipe for a while but Daddy, my father-in-law, kept telling me to be more patient. We harvested our last batch of Meyer lemons more than a month ago. I preserved them by making all sorts of pickles. The method is pretty much the same regardless of the cuisine type, but the spices differ. 

Today I'm going to show you how to make my family's favorite, called nimbu ka achar. Halved lemons are pickled in a large amount of coarse sea salt, then flavored with baghar, which is a combination of oil, a lot of spices and a few curry leaves. We enjoy it best with simple, plain basmati rice.


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Zucchini Lasagna Recipe Recipe

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

05.27.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has become such a garden expert over the years. This morning he harvested over 2 pounds of zebra striped zucchini in our garden, which left me almost speechless. I wasn’t expecting to make a zucchini dish today, but that’s half the fun of having your own vegetable garden!

I decided to prepare a vegetarian zucchini lasagna. The dish consists of three elements: a creamy béchamel sauce, an enormous amount of pan-fried zucchini and my special lasagna sheets from my Haute Potato cookbook. Instead of using regular lasagna pasta sheets, I used homemade gnocchi dough flattened into long thin sheets. When writing Haute Potato, I really tried to think outside the box and came up with a few potato recipes that I believe haven't been created before. If you don't have time, you can always substitute with the store-bought regular lasagna sheets. But if you have time to cook during this long Memorial Day weekend, give my Haute Potato recipe a try; rest assured your efforts will be rewarded.


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