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Tofu Roll Appetizers  Recipe

Tofu Roll Appetizers

03.10.15 by Jackie

Our family recently went to a Japanese sushi bar and enjoyed platters of delicious rolls. When I came home, I was inspired by the sushi and reinterpreted a new fusion appetizer, maki-style.

The appetizer consists of a tofu roll filled with shiitake mushrooms, carrots celery, insanely fragrant onions I grew myself in our garden and garlic. As I created the dish, I realized I wouldn't be able to keep the roll in place by simply rolling a sheet of pan-fried tofu. I improved and wrapped them in phyllo dough. You'll be surprised; it wasn't that complicated. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!


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12 Healthy Cabbage Recipes Recipe

12 Healthy Cabbage Recipes

03.04.15 by Jackie

Cabbage is good for you so why not eat it up! It's also inexpensive, packed with flavor and easy to prepare. Whether it's slow baked, sautéed, roasted, stuffed or shredded, I'm sure you'll find some inspiration in the list of these 12 trusted cabbage recipes I've gathered for you. 

I just bought a head of Chinese cabbage and a red one and I'm ready to get fit and pretty for our next summer vacation. I have 12 weeks until our family getaway to Cancun, Mexico (we spent our 5th wedding anniversary there). Controlling your diet can be fun too; it doesn't have to mean food should taste bland or be without great texture. Now I'm excited to create more nutritious dishes with the humble cabbage!

 


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Cooking with Mushrooms Recipe

Cooking with Mushrooms

03.02.15 by Jackie

With a home full of vegetarians, I always challenge myself to develop new meals that fit our family's diet. Mushrooms are a great flavor and texture substitute for meat. If, like me and little Aria, you're not a vegetarian, cooking with mushrooms will help you creaete new vegetarian dishes that are as satisfying as meat.  

Morels, chanterelles (girolles in French), beech, maitake, Hegehogs, porcini, wood ear (also known as black fungus mushrooms or nấm mèo in Vietnamese), brown crimini , shiitake and Portobello mushrooms are all varieties  I've used often in the kitchen. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sort of mimics what we get from meat. Happy cooking!


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Mushroom Stuffed Eggplant Gratin Recipe Recipe

Is there anything that screams  comfort food more than a dish of gratin? I prepared a morel mushroom stuffed eggplant gratin. Every so often, our family craves a rich, decadent, gooey and cheesy meal.

First I sliced the eggplant, then pan-fried the slices. The mixture was flavored with earthy mushrooms that pair wonderfully with the meaty texture of the eggplant and luscious, creamy ricotta cheese. To save time, you can prepare the elements of the dish in advance and assemble 00000at the last minute; I promise your hard work will definitely be rewarded!


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Pan-Fried Banh Tet Recipe  Recipe

Pan-Fried Banh Tet Recipe

02.18.15 by Jackie

Hoa Tâm, a family friend, came to visit a few days ago and she gave us a very useful tip on how to avoid bánh tét food waste after the Lunar New Year celebrations. What is bánh tét you ask? It's a Vietnamese savory rice cake (at times sweetened with bananas). It's made primarily from glutinous rice, which is rolled in a banana leaf into a thick, log-like cylindrical shape, with a mung bean or mung bean and meat center, then boiled. It's a must-have traditional food during Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Southern Vietnam. We've been given a lot of the logs this season; it's a way to demonstrate the importance of rice in the Vietnamese culture. I told Hoa Tâm my fear that we'd have a lot of leftovers and didn't want to waste all the food. She then give uswonderful trick; if you have a lot of these rice cakes as e do, look no further!

Simply slice them and pan-fry them. Once crispy, drizzle with nước mắm chay (if you're a vegetarian) or fish sauce. It's as simple as that. Thanks, dear Chi Hoa Tâm!


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