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Vegetarian Chow Fun Noodles (Hu Tieu Recipe) Recipe

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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Lentil Patties with Winter Vegetable Medley Recipe

This is one of those rare dishes where I don't miss eating meat. I used store-bought steamed black lentils and made little croquettes using leftover taro brioche I bought at the Asian market. After a brief pan-fry, I tossed them in a medley of winter vegetables. I tried to balance the mild sweetness from the brioche and caramelized onions with the earthy, savory flavors of the mashed lentils and grated Romano cheese. To complete the meal, I added Brussels sprouts, yellow bell peppers, asparagus and mushrooms, and a touch of Meyer lemon zest for a little brightness.

When I got married, I thought I was going to convert my husband Lulu and introduce meat and fish to his diet. Alas, it turned out slightly differently (by that I mean the exact opposite), since I have significantly reduced my consumption of meat and seafoodWith dishes like this, I find I don’t miss meat as much as I thought I would.

 

 


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Fried Feta Cheese Stuffed Olive Recipe Recipe

According to Daddy (my father-in-law), any snack tastes better fried. For this particular recipe he came up with, I tend to agree. We recently served feta stuffed olives at a dinner party. At the end of the evening, there was still a bowl full of the black olives leftover. Daddy challenged me and said they would have been all gone had I deep-fried them. The following day, I coated the cheese stuffed olives in a fritter batter and gave them a bath in boiling oil.

 

An entire bowl of fried olives never really made it to the dining table; they were devoured as soon as they were ready. What makes fried olives so tasty is that ther're perfectly crisp on the outside, but still remain soft on the inside. The key to success with these fried appetizers is to make sure you allow the excess batter to drip back into the batter bowl, then place the olives one at a time in the hot oil. I’m big enough to admit it; Daddy was right!

 


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Eggplant Israeli Couscous with Pistachio Pesto Recipe

I don't often cook with toasted Israeli couscous. It's not because it's complicated to prepare, it's just that it's not a very common ingredient to find at the market. I personally like it because it can simply be boiled and serve as a side dish. I flavored it with puréed Japanese eggplant and a bright, sweet and tasty pistachio pesto.

I served the warm, green Israeli couscous with veal scallopini, which was absolutely delicious. There was some extra pistachio pesto, which I stored in the freezer for future use. I don't know what I'm going to cook it with, but I can tell it will be scrumptious!


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Paneer Dal Curry Recipe Recipe

Paneer Dal Curry Recipe

02.28.12 by Jackie

I just discovered freshly made paneer cheese at a local Indian market. The cheese is wonderful and tastes great pan-fried. I didn't want to just serve it as-is, so I prepared a creamy masala sauce to go with it. I also threw in store-bought steamed black lentils (dal) for added protein. It's a nice change from the usual spinach (palak paneer) dish I often make for my husband Lulu.  

Served with a large plate of greens, this vegetarian Indian curry makes for a balanced, tasty meal. It's also very versatile; you can make your own variation by just swapping a few ingredients, such as chicken or eggplant in place of the lentils

 


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