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Indian-style Spinach Phyllo Cups Recipe

After learning how to make so many Indian dishes from my husband's paternal grandmother, I noticed that most meals were served family-style with chapati bread, naan, or basmati rice. Our guests love Indian cuisine, so I started to include a few of my favorite dishes, made into bit-sized portions.

I love serving finger food. It allows your guests to easily mix and mingle right before the more formal sit-down part of the meal. Palak paneer phyllo cups are one of the many appetizers I've developed over the years. 

These spinach appetizers require 4 steps: forming the phyllo cups, pan-frying the cubes of paneer cheese, making the Indian spinach and cheese filling and assembling at the last minute when the guests are about to arrive. I usually do the prep way in advance so I can have a stress-free party and start the evening in a good and calm spirit.


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Asparagus and Pea Appetizers Recipe

Asparagus and Pea Appetizers

10.17.13 by Jackie

We're having a large dinner party this Saturday, so I tested a new appetizer recipe today. I prepared the filling for the appetizers with green peas and asparagus. To ensure that the filling would spread easily, I also added eggplant pulp and a bit of Pecorino cheese. 

To save time, instead of placing puff pastry dough into molds and following the curve of the molds, I cut pastry rounds. Once baked and flaky, I divided them in half crosswise, then filled them with the green mixture. They resembled savory pâte à choux buns, minus all the labor normally required.


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Creamy Spinach Risotto Recipe Recipe

Creamy Spinach Risotto Recipe

10.16.13 by Jackie

I've prepared countless variations of risotto dishes in the past, but risotto is so versatile that there are always new opportunities for creativity. I prepared a creamy spinach version when Sunny's friend Maia stopped by for dinner recently. I hadn't started making dinner yet and immediately gravitated to the creamy rice dish. I combined Vialone Nano rice, Pecorino cheese, fresh spinach leaves, onions, garlic and a touch of heavy cream. 

I haven't hit the gym in a month and I won't be able to get back in the groove any time soon as my schedule is booked from morning 'til late at night. So with holiday season right around the corner, I can already venture a guess as to what my New Year’s resolution will be. Although I’m enjoying food to the fullest, I’ve been trying to (at least) maintain portion control.


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Lasagna Primavera Recipe Recipe

Lasagna Primavera Recipe

10.15.13 by Jackie

Lasagna primavera is a dish I came up with by stacking sheets of lasagna pasta and alternating them with loads of vegetables that were available at the local market. This morning, I found beautiful white button mushrooms, zucchini, onions, carrots and yellow, red and green bell peppers. I couldn't resist preparing a colorful meal. 

To ensure the vegetables remained the focal point of the dish, I only added enough béchamel sauce to hold the lasagna together and flavored it with basic herbs such as basil, thyme and oregano and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra nutty, salty flavor. This may not be a truly authentic lasagna recipe, but it’s delicious and a great way to get fussy eaters to eat their vegetables.


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Warm Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

Warm Bean Salad Recipe

10.14.13 by Jackie

I spent the entire weekend cleaning up our vegetable garden. Even though the weather has been gorgeous in the Bay Area, it really feels like summer is turning into fall.

Today's dish is my attempt to showcase the colors of this season, mixing several kinds of beans. I prepared black eyed peas, French green lentils and butter beans. I soaked them overnight, then sautéed them in shallots and carrots to bring out the natural sweetness of the ingredients. I added blanched green beans at the end and flavored the warm bean salad with a citrus dressing. 


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