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Cauliflower Asparagus Manicotti Pasta Recipe Recipe

I’ve been feeling kind of miserable since getting home from our trip to Paris. Not only have I caught a nasty cough, but I'm still heavily jet-lagged.  What’s worse, I haven't visited the gym in almost a month and I have a mountain of tasks I need to complete very soon before I become totally overwhelmed. As you may have guessed, my cure for most problems is cooking, and today, I made one of my favorite comfort foods, something creamy, cheesy and filled with vegetables: an asparagus and cauliflower manicotti pasta.

To reduce the amount of cheese, calories and guilt in the béchamel sauce, I blended cauliflower into the white sauce. Once softened, the cauliflower became very creamy and gave extra body to the dish. 


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Bamboo Tofu Recipe Recipe

Bamboo Tofu Recipe

10.07.13 by Jackie

During our trip to Paris, my husband Lulu indulged in many cheeses and French desserts. Now that we're back home, we're back to healthier meals. In keeping with that spirit, I prepared a tofu dish with young bamboo shoots, carrots, baby corn and cucumbers.

Fresh bamboo shoots provide a meaty, slightly crunchy texture and incredible subtle flavor to the dish. If you happen to find this unusual ingredient fresh at your local Asian grocery store, be sure to give it a try.


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King Mushroom Soup Recipe Recipe

King Mushroom Soup Recipe

09.18.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu craved a hot soup, so I prepared this king mushroom soup. It's very soothing and comforting on a rainy day, which seems to be every day we’ve been in Paris. The broth traditionally consists of beef consommé made with beef bone marrow bones. You could use any clear, thin broth, of course (I used vegetable stock for my husband Lulu, who's a vegetarian).

King mushrooms are perfect for this dish. Their texture varies depending on the manner in which you prepare them. I tore the mushrooms into long strips instead of cutting them, to impart a very meaty feel. The mushrooms and hot consommé make a wonderful first course in cold weather.


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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.

Carousel Tuilleries


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Edamame and Artichoke Appetizers Recipe

I've just touched down in France! We landed a few hours ago and I'm ready to go to sleep, but before heading to my old childhood bedroom, I wanted to share with you a savory appetizer recipe that was inspired by a North African dessert called chebakia. I grew up in a suburb of Paris and I often enjoyed North African treats after school. This takes me back!

I used store-bought puff pastry and folded it in the same manner as the Moroccan sesame-spiced cookie (chebakia is folded in the shape of a flower, fried and drizzled with honey), then used an edamame and artichoke filling. It might look all fancy but it's very easy and delicious. 


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