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Cantaloupe and Cheese Appetizer Recipe Recipe

I love Emmentaler cheese. It has mild, fruity and nutty attributes, which pair incredibly well with fruit. One fruit it particularly works well with is cantaloupe. Since I had both on hand, I caramelized the cantaloupe in a little butter and then alternately skewered it with cubes of Emmentaler on cocktail picks. I finished the cute bites with crushed pistachios.

These cheese appetizers are easy to prepare and get devoured amazingly fast too. They would fit quite well in a buffet style party. Even if you aren’t planning a party, take advantage of the wonderful fruit that's currently in season, because summer won’t be here forever!


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Gorgonzola Pear Pizza Recipe Recipe

Gorgonzola Pear Pizza Recipe

08.23.11 by Jackie

It's almost the end of grilling season. If you’re looking to make the most of the little sunshine and few warm days we have left, I would suggest making a pizza on your grill. To start the pizza, I grilled flat bread until it almost turned into a cracker. I decided to go with blue cheese and pear flavors, because the two pair incredibly well. I would have used Gorgonzola as a topping but my local market only carried Fourme d'Ambert, which is a raw French blue cheese (equally delicious). I broke the traditional rules for pizza and spread béchamel sauce along with caramelized onions in place of the standard tomato sauce.

This is an easy, light meal and it's a perfect recipe for a warm, summer day. Enjoy!


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Apricot Brie Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Apricot Brie Appetizer Recipe

08.17.11 by Jackie

I love French cheeses. This week, I gave myself a treat and bought a wheel of triple cream Brie cheese. This particular cheese has an exquisite flavor and luscious, creamy texture because it is made with heavy cream as the base instead of only milk. I spread the soft, buttery, cheese onto sesame Persian bread and garnished the top with dried apricots and hazelnuts.

Even though the cheese appetizers contain exceptionally high fat content, I enjoyed every single bit. Serving them in small portions also helped me feel a lot less guilty! I just thought to myself, dried fruits are good for you; they're full of fiber, plus they taste delicious with a juicy flavor.  Hopefully they'll counteract the calories of the Brie cheese!


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Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe Recipe

Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe

08.16.11 by Jackie

My take on the breakfast quesadilla is part omelet, part cheese quesadilla. Don't let the name fool you though; the combination makes for an easy and tasty school lunch. I serve them at room temperature, along with salsa so the children can dip them. It's playful and no utensils are required. The recipe can be adapted with additional ingredients that you have on hand.


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Zucchini Tart Recipe (Tarte aux Courgettes) Recipe

Savory tart is a very versatile dish. The crust is usually puff pastry, a sauce serves as the filling and the topping is roasted or grilled vegetables. I made pesto using goat ricotta cheese and topped the tart with zucchini. Once you choose your favorite flavorings, you can come up with your own combinations for the pesto sauce, cheeses and vegetables.

Zucchini is a relatively easy vegetable to plant from seeds. My husband Lulu's uncle grew humongous 18-inch zucchini in his garden. Ratatouille would have been a great way to make great use of the veggie but I really wanted to showcase the size of the slices in a tart.


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