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Italian Tomato Bruschetta Recipe Recipe

During our trip to Florence, we were able to cook a few meals at home, sampling local ingredients. We lived right in the heart of Firenze and while preparing dinner, I sent my husband Lulu out to find a rustic bread. He ended up in a "panificio" (bread bakery) and asked the baker for his most popular bread. Lulu came home with a giant loaf of Tuscan-style bread, which I sliced into thick, crusty pieces and prepared bruschetta.

Bruschetta basically consists of grilled bread rubbed with fresh garlic and topped with tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. I upped the flavors with roasted garlic and loads of fresh basil. 


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Italian Corona Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

For those of you who recently started following me on Instagram, you've probably noticed our family is traveling in Italy. We landed in Rome and took a train to Florence. We wake up early in the morning to start our sightseeing, visiting the most incredible places such as Palazzo Vecchio, Pitti Palace or the Duomo and going to the most fabulous restaurants. I also wanted to check out the Mercato Centrale where I bought Corona beans. They're considered the "poor man's meat" and have a very starchy texture. So when I prepared a simple, supersized bean salad, the beans gave incredible body to the salad.

I added marinated olives, artichoke hearts, freshly-made buffalo mozzarella cheese and loads of fresh sweet basil and parsley.

 


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Red Bell Pepper Mayonnaise Recipe Recipe

I recently bought beautiful jumbo artichokes at Costco. I would normally steam them and pair them with an aïoli sauce to dip the artichoke leaves in, but today I felt like making a roasted bell pepper flavored mayonnaise

The result is a creamy, tasty sauce with an appealing, bright red color. As a reminder of the flavor in the sauce, I garnished the top with the finely chopped roasted bell peppers. 


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Gourmet Mushroom Risotto Recipe Recipe

Gourmet Mushroom Risotto Recipe

06.09.14 by Jackie

I feel super lucky to live in the Bay Area; there's such an abundance of incredible ingredients. The wide range of gourmet mushrooms available at my local market, The Milk Pail of Mountain View, makes me giddy. 

The possibilities when presented with such fine ingredients are nearly endless.  I could have prepared a simple, flavorful omelet, but I decided to go for a more delicate dish: vegetarian risotto.

To do so, I used whatever the Milk Pail carried on that particular day (I didn't select everything because  the prices of some of the mushrooms gave me the chills). In the end, I included fresh morels, maitake mushrooms, Hegehogs and brown crimini mushrooms. I loved how this gastronomical adventure was able to please and feed my loved ones!

Gourmet Mushrooms Recipe with Picture

 


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Hu Tieu Chay Recipe Recipe

Hu Tieu Chay Recipe

06.04.14 by Jackie

Chow fun is called hủ tiếu xào chay (literally "vegetarian rice noodle stir fry") in Vietnamese and consists of wide, chewy rice vermicelli noodles stir-fried with tofu and vegetables. I made the dish chay ("vegetarian") but you can certainly add meat, such as beef, which will make the dish all the more delicious.

I make these noodles very often at home. I could eat freshly made hủ tiếu by the platter! It's quick and simple, healthy and very tasty. Living in the Bay Area means that I'm lucky enough to have fresh rice noodles readily available. I just need to drive to downtown San Jose. San Jose has a large Vietnamese community so it's very easy to find all sorts of my favorite ethnic ingredients.


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