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Butternut Squash Olive Oil Muffins Recipe

Butternut squash olive oil muffins are moist, sweet little treats. I chose butternut squash as the main flavoring of this muffin batter for two reasons. First, butternut squash is available year-round, and second, its texture is perfect for these sweets. I picked a ripe butternut squash that felt heavy, so the flesh was intense-orange with a sweet and nutty flavor. I steamed the squash, then turned it into a puree. Butternut squash imparts an added natural sweetness similar to sweet potatoes and pumpkin, without being stringy.

I also mixed in chopped dark chocolate for a more decadent effect. And instead of using regular softened butter, I used olive oil for an extra kick of flavor. I baked them in oval mini muffin pans and ended up with 40 muffins, so we took half of the batch to the office in the morning and shared them with Lulu's co-workers. I got back an empty pan, so they must have turned out OK!


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St. Patrick's Day Greenies (Green Brownies Recipe) Recipe

Is there a better ingredient than pandan paste to create a dessert symbolizing St. Patrick's Day? This evening, I used it to make "greenies". Instead of the semi-sweet or dark chocolate brownies traditionally call for, I used white chocolate and flavored the gooey dessert with pecans and a generous amount of pandan, which creates a beautiful green color.

It’s a sweet treat that would make a leprechaun “green” with envy. Sorry, couldn’t resist.  Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone!


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Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe Recipe

Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe

03.13.11 by Jackie

I've made several sweet and spicy preserves in the past and this is one of the many variations we made last summer. As I might have told you before, Lulu's favorite hobby after work is gardening. He takes such great pride harvesting the hottest chiles. He started them from seeds and grew them in those cool Jiffy greenhouses. We should be starting planting the seeds again in the following weeks.

Last August, we harvested jalapeño and Habanero chiles. I paired the spicy peppers with delicious apricot juice and made my own pepper jelly. The problem with canning and making so many experiments during the summer is that we have to store all the jars in the garage. The preserves taste much better if you let them sit for a few weeks so the flavors are at their fullest. By that time, we usually forget about them until we do a huge clean up! It just took us 6 months to find these 3 jars. I’m glad we did; this apricot pepper jelly tastes delicious!


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Mango Rice Pudding Recipe Recipe

Mango Rice Pudding Recipe

03.10.11 by Jackie

Today, there were no eggs, fresh fruit or flour in the kitchen. I was able to find sugar, a can of Alphonso mango purée, sweet Asian rice and a few cups of milk. Rice pudding is my go-to dessert whenever my pantry is running on empty, and I found just the right set of ingredients to make a batch to satisfy my sweet tooth.

First, I boiled the rice in water, drained it and slowly cooked it in milk until tender. Once the rice was cooked, I sweetened and flavored it with the delicious mango purée. I couldn't stop there, so I finished the rice pudding with a little crème fraîche for extra creaminess and created a sugar crust, crème brûlée-style. All I can say is, yum!


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Guava Apple Sauce Recipe Recipe

Guava Apple Sauce Recipe

03.06.11 by Jackie

As my husband Lulu's little 6-year-old sister was enjoying a cup of guava apple sauce I recently made, she asked: "The jar is almost finished. Jackie, have you put this recipe on PhamFatale?" I replied to her that apple sauce was very easy to make and that all you need is ripe and very sweet fruit.

The munchkin insisted and asked:
" How do you know when the fruits are ripe?
Well, remember, as soon as we picked the guavas, we placed them in a paper bag, along with a banana and the gas released from the banana made the guava so fragrant."

It got me thinking that maybe making apple sauce wasn't as obvious as I thought, so here's the detailed recipe. I actually prepared it with Daddy, my father-in-law. The guavas were peeled, chopped and boiled with unfiltered apple juice (we love our juicer!) until mushy. In a separate saucepan, the same method was used for sweet apples (I used Fuji apples). Once the seeds of the guava were strained, both the guava and apple sauce are combined, then sweetened with honey. Voilà!


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