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Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Recipe

I haven't been active for the past week on PhamFatale.com. We've spent a crazy holiday season, baking a ton! Here's one of the many chocolate chip cookie versions we made during the week. We used chocolate we received over Christmas, so these feature M&Ms and chunks of coarsely chopped Godiva salted caramel milk chocolate bars.

The secret to perfect texture for this timeless classic is to closely watch the baking time. Don't over-bake them but also don't under-cook them or you'll end up with just cookie dough! Happy baking!


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Poha Chudva Recipe Recipe

Poha Chudva Recipe

12.12.13 by Jackie

I realize I haven't posted any Indian dishes for a while. Last weekend, Daddy, my father-in-law, suggested we prepare poha, which is a flattened rice dish. Poha is a great breakfast item and is also delightful as a snack. I've prepared similar dishes such as chudva in the past.

Thick, flattened rice grains are rehydrated and cooked with turmeric and coconut. I kept the recipe fairly simple , flavoring the rice with only mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dried red chiles, curry leaves, cilantro and a generous amount of lime juice. 

You could fancy this up and make it more filling with frozen green peas, diced potatoes or cashew nuts. I haven't seen this rice dish in any Indian restaurant, so if you want a fairly unique culinary trip to India, give this simple and easy dish a try!


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Pumpkin Waffles: Thanksgiving-themed Breakfast Recipe Recipe

Waffles are always a hit at breakfast. And dressing them up with pumpkin is a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving. I prepared my usual waffle batter, but this time, I added pumpkin purée, molasses and freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg. I prepared several batches for tomorrow morning; it will be a great way for the family to start off the day.

In my opinion, a good dusting of powdered sugar and a nice hot cup of chai are all you need to enjoy these waffles. But I've reserved a little surprise for the family: I'll serve the waffles with candied pecans, whipped butter and hot syrup. 


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Basil Cucumber Water Recipe Recipe

Basil Cucumber Water Recipe

09.24.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu and I recently stayed in a very nice hotel that served cucumber water. The drink was so refreshing I recreated it as soon as I came home. I added a few twists with chia seeds and some basil leaves. 

The beauty is that you can prepare a lot of flavored water in advance of any type of party. You can use the combination of herbs, citrus, seeds and even berries you prefer. I’ve had a berry water with raspberries and blueberries that was absolutely wonderful. It’s so easy to make, you have no excuse for buying flavored water that’s probably filled with indescribable preservatives and additives.


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Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe Recipe

Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe

08.30.13 by Jackie

This fruity bread dessert is so delicious you won't believe it only requires 5 ingredients. No egg, no baking time and no more than 30 minutes prep time.

I cut black sesame and caraway Noor bread into small pieces and soaked them in hot fig preserves. Once the preserves were chilled, the cake jelled into one entity. I served the fig Noor bread cake with tangy crème fraîche for richness and pineapple and raspberries for a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness of the preserves. 

Last weekend, my good friend Laura, who's a jam expert, came over and picked 15 pounds of Black Mission figs in our garden. Aria and I helped gather as much fruit as possible so she could prepare her yummy fruit preserves. While selecting the ripe fruits, we chatted and Laura told me she would try a new technique.

The idea was to find a method that doesn't require pectin. To make the preserves, Laura started by combining water and lemon juice. After bringing the liquid to a boil, she stirred in sugar and brought the temperature to 250°F. Finally, she added the figs and vanilla beans and cooked the mixture at 220 degrees until jelled. 

I also have an announcement for this weekend. I'm going to be making a stop in Houston, Texas for an interview with Cleverley Stone on CBS Radio 650 AM at 10am Saturday. Tune in if you can, because a lucky listener will win a free copy of my cookbooks. Then I head to Barnes & Noble to sign my just released cookbook,Banh Mi, and my previous book, Haute Potato. Make sure you stay to sample a dish featured in Banh Mi! Hope you stop by and say hi! 


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