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Asian-inspired Mushroom Tart Recipe Recipe

Being born and raised in France with Vietnamese origins, this mushroom tart perfectly represents my two cultures. And with my husband Lulu being a vegetarian, I wanted to prepare a savory tart that fit his diet.

I prepared a regular butter crust, but I flavored it with green onions and Thai basil. I made the filling with both shiitake and king mushrooms, which have a meaty texture (especially good for vegetarian cooking). I balanced the flavors with five spice powder, sweetened condensed milk as a binder for the filling, garlic, hoisin sauce and rice vinegar. As a reminder of the flavor of the tart, once it was baked I covered it with more sliced mushrooms and added a drizzling of sesame oil for a Vietnamese twist. You could pair it with an Asian peanut red cabbage slaw to complete the meal. 


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New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas Recipe

New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas

12.31.13 by Jackie

If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party for a large crowd this year, bite-sized appetizers might be the best option for serving food. Here are a few suggestions for your buffet table. Bon appétit and see you l'année prochaine (next year)!


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Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe

12.04.13 by Jackie

Making mushroom bruschetta is a great excuse to use leftover bread with earthy, seasonal ingredients. For this version, I started with the regular procedure: I cut day-old bread into large slices, then toasted and rubbed them with garlic. But instead of using the common tomato and basil topping, I spooned on a warm mushroom mixture. I also topped the bruschetta with dry-fried Emmental cheese and drizzled on a spicy green chutney. 

The warm mushroom is flavored with onion, celery, Italian parsley, mascarpone cheese, and a drizzle of Riesling wine. You could use the same flavor combination in a savory tart or beggar's purse. Let your imagination run wild!


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Butternut Squash Polenta Appetizers Recipe

If you're putting together a more elegant Thanksgiving meal this year, consider these appetizers. They are a great conversation starter. The appetizers connect familiar holiday ingredients--roasted butternut squash and corn--in a wholly unique way.

The primary ingredient in the appetizer is a mash of butternut squash and fromage blanc. I nested the spread in a roll of grilled zucchini on top of pan-fried polenta medallions. For a nice contrast of texture and color, I garnished the elegant appetizers with honey-roasted nuts and a sprinkling of Italian parsley. 

I'm planning on serving 5 or 6 appetizers on Thanksgiving and will be sharing them as I make them throughout the month.


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Aebelskivers (Pancake Ball Recipe) Recipe

I think this recipe would be a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving brunch. The children in our family love pancakes, and this version fits the season quite well due to the addition of cranberry jam. It doesn’t hurt that the pancakes have a unique look to them as well.

The recipe starts like any pancake recipe. The one challenge is actually fitting the jam into the pancakes, and to make that possible, I cooked them in an aebelskiver pan. Aebelskivers are round pancake balls that taste similar to crossbred doughnuts and popovers. I usually use this pan for a Vietnamese dish called bánh khọt, which is a savory Vietnamese-style rice flour pancake. You've probably seen it in a flat-version (bánh xèo). Today, it made lovely, fluffy pancakes filled with a dollop of sweet/tart cranberry jam. If you prefer, you could fill them with candied yams, though I think there wouldn’t be as much textural contrast. This is definitely a recipe to learn, as it’s easy to adapt to any season or occasion.


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