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Artichoke and Spinach Tart Recipe Recipe

This artichoke and spinach tart is packed with flavor. I added roasted garlic and chopped sun-dried tomatoes and covered the mixture with mozzarella. As a reminder of the flavors in the filling, I garnished the tarts with the main ingredients and a sprinkling of a few sunflower seeds for texture.

Making savory tarts is so easy when using store-bought puff pastry. Simply raid your pantry and refrigerator and smartly pair your favorite ingredients. You'll be able to accomplish two things: complete a delicious meal and get rid of leftovers at the same time!


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Lavash Bread 'Sushi' Pinwheel Recipe Recipe

If you’re intimidated by the thought of making sushi, this recipe is a great place to start. These sushi-syle pinwheelsl are much easier than the real thing, but still delicious. No nori sheets or rice are involved. Instead, I used soft flatbread, roasted red bell pepper hummus, crunchy shredded carrots, wasabi-flavored avocado, edamame beans and spinach leaves. They can be served as appetizers for a dinner party; to ensure they don't fall apart, secure them by tying cute bows around the "sushi" using garlic chives. Remember, you eat with your eyes first!

If you happened to stop by the Gilroy Garlic festival this weekend, you may have come across the California Lavash booth. I absolutely love their artisan flatbread and used it in this dish. Their new look has officially launched and it should be hitting Whole Foods shelves in a few weeks; I’m personally excited about that because you'll be able to see my photos on the new packages!


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Spicy Tuna Maki Sushi Roll Recipe Recipe

We're having a houseguest this week. Mimi is Daddy's childhood best friend's daughter. She mentioned that she adores sushi, so I thought we would have a sushi party. Making your own costs less than the ones at your local sushi bar and you'll definitely know exactly how fresh the ingredients are. You can apply some of those savings and go overboard in choosing exquisite fish.

I made tuna maki rolls and served salmon sashimi to gain a little time. I filled the maki rolls with blue fin tuna (hon maguro toro tuna). Even though it was a little pricey, I couldn't resist when I saw the quality and the abnormally high level of marbling of the fish. I also added seaweed salad, fish roe, a few pieces of avocado and Granny Smith apple matchstick pieces, which add a pleasant, slightly sweet and tart flavor. 

The result was fabulous and as less than you would pay at a restaurant to get this kind of sushi!


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Grilled Lobster Tail Recipe Recipe

Grilled Lobster Tail Recipe

07.16.13 by Jackie

I prepared lobster over the weekend because I wanted to cook something gourmet in honor of Bastille Day (the French equivalent of Independence day, but on July 14th). It's not a traditional thing to serve in France for Bastille Day, but it was a great excuse to make good use of our barbecue grill and cook up some seafood.

The dish is ultra easy. I simply grilled halved lobsters and garnished them with tarragon, chives, garlic and lemon, then drizzled them with truffle oil. It was almost too sinful to eat, but somehow I managed to find the strength!  


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Cauliflower Cold Soup with Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Cold cauliflower soup is a refreshing first course during the hot weather, especially with the heatwave that we've been experiencing these past few days. I blended cauliflower, sweet round rice, ginger garlic paste and crème fraîche with a few spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric. I served it in bowls (you could also use chilled glasses) topped with grilled shrimp covered with mango and sungold cherry tomatoes.

My husband Lulu is a vegetarian so I simply omitted the shrimp and prepared a separate batch using flavorful homemade vegetable stock. That way Lulu and I were able to share the meal together.


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