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How to Wrap Eggrolls (Video) Recipe

How to Wrap Eggrolls (Video)

05.14.14 by Jackie
Making eggrolls (chả giò) isn't complicated as it seems. Once you master the art of rolling, you'll see how fairly simple the preparation is. The meat filling is mixed raw and then is transferred to an assembly line for folding and frying. You could make them with a vegetarian filling as well.
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Muhammara and Cucumber Bites (Healthy Appetizer Recipe) Recipe

I created these irresistible appetizers for the California Lavash team a while back. It was their idea to combine muhammara (walnuts, charred red bell pepper, fresh pomegranate seeds and mint flavored spread), cucumber, dill, mint and cilantro in their fabulous, healthful lavash flatbread. 

Being the ultimate hostess, in my opinion, requires the art of not only making delicious food but also creating enticing and delectable bites to make sure you please all your guests. I formed twirling portions, which is ideal if you're serving a small number of people. If you're hosting a large party, I would suggest rolling regular pinwheels to save time.

I think this type of food is especially appealing to female guests. The colors are striking, almost bewitching. The appetizers have a lot of flavor, yet are super healthy. If you're looking for store-bought muhammara, I highly recommend Haig's. But if you don't want to be too adventurous, you can replace the pomegranate spread with others such as crumbled feta and chopped olives mixed with Greek yogurt and lemon juice and substitute a touch of oregano for the mint.


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Tomato Chutney Appetizers with Blue Cheese Recipe

Living in a multicutural household, I love melding flavors on our plates. This evening, I had leftover tomato chutney and created mini blue cheese appetizers. How cute did they turn out? 

The spiciness from the chutney against the richness from the cheese is always a hit. And if you prepare the chutney in advance (you could also use any store-bought chutneys mixed with a bit of tomato sauce), you can bake these adorable appetizers in no time.

Aria, at only 28-months-old, is already the best sous-chef a mom could ever hope for. She helped me play and create disks of puff pastry. Aria's always eager to learn new things. Cooking with your toddler is a great method to practice and learn new shapes.


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Beet Polenta Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Beet Polenta Appetizer Recipe

03.12.14 by Jackie

I love the flavor combination of beets and sage; I've used the same marriage of flavors in soups, pasta dishes and vinaigrettes on multiple occasions. This time, I made a variation of a polenta appetizer and flavored it with this particular pairing. 

The beets gave a regal color to the bite-size portions and I repeated the sage flavor in the cream topping. The corn nugget garnish was my "cherry on top" and was a reminder of the cornmeal used for the polenta. 

You’ve probably noticed over the years that our family hosts a large number of dinner parties. My favorite part is creating new appetizers because it really levels the playing field for me. First I come up with a flavor combination that I know works incredibly well as my basis, then turn it into a miniature, aesthetically pleasing, unique piece of art. You know the saying: you eat with your eyes first! 


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Filet Mignon Appetizers with Tomato Chutney Recipe

We recently hosted a formal dinner partiy and I wanted every single dish to taste extraordinary, so I prepared over-the-top filet mignon appetizers to start the evening. I layered the bite-sized starters with puff pastry, Indian-inspired tomato chutney, ash-ripened chèvre and the pièce de résistance: a decadent slice of medium-rare filet mignon

My favorite part was to see the reactions of my guests during the party. You don't need to use a whole lot of the sophisticated meat; a thin, dainty slice of the steak is enough to impress your crowd. I sealed the deal with a good glass of red wine and carried on with the (I hoped!) eye-popping menu. 


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