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Hawaiian Granola Bar Recipe Recipe

Hawaiian Granola Bar Recipe

08.21.12 by Jackie

Our friend Sarah from Nuts About Granola has launched her first-ever box-mixed granola, called Granola Basics. The concept is brilliant and a lot of fun. Start with Granola Basics, then add a sweetener such as honey, agave or maple syrup. Finish with a few tasty mix-ins such as nuts, dried fruit or chocolate and you’re done.

Of course, I wanted to test it out! In my opinion, nothing can go wrong when you mix exquisite ingredients such as Guittard chocolate, fresh coconut shavings, Hawaiian ginger syrup, candied ginger and macadamia nuts, so that’s exactly what I did. It’s not quite a trip to the Aloha State, but very satisfying nonetheless.

If you want to give this delicious one-of-kind product a try, you can participate in this week's giveaway for one box of Granola Basics. Can’t wait? Buy it online, or if you live in the Baltimore area, you can find it on Whole Foods Harbor East shelves. 


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Chocolate Pear Trifle with Mulberries Recipe

I really wanted to impress one of the guests who came for dinner last night, so I went a little over the top preparing dessert. This triple-flavored twist on the traditional trifle (try saying that three times in a row!) consists of Asian pear, mulberry mousse, dark chocolate mousse and a dark chocolate croquant. And yes, it's as delicious as it looks.

We picked very ripe Asian pears and mulberries from our garden to create this dish. Pears go wonderfully with chocolate, and you really can't go wrong with mulberries. This is definitely a dish you can have fun with though, so make substitutions depending on what ingredients you have available. As long as you put a little effort into the presentation, you'll end up with deliciously decadent, edible artwork.


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Peach Melba with Almond Croquant Recipe

Peach Melba is a refreshing and fairly light dessert. It's normally composed of grilled peaches, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. I had a little fun with tradition today and paired the delicious trio with an almond and peach croquant (croquant pêche amande). The croquant reinforces the peach flavor of the dessert while providing a contrast in temperature to the ice cream. Its crunchy exterior is also a welcome foil to the softness of the grilled peaches. All in all, this elegant dessert will surely impress your summer dinner guests!

Since I received the Technique® Hard Anodized 12"x18" BBQ pan with DuPont™ Teflon®, I almost never do barbecue without this pan anymore. It does an outstanding job of grilling food on our barbecue. The slits let the charcoal essence through and provide beautiful grill marks, while still being small enough to keep the flames out or letting food fall through. The ridges channel the grease and fat from the meat down around the outsides of the pan, stopping it from going onto your barbecue and making clean up easier. This obviously wasn't an issue when grilling peaches, but it's definitely helpful when cooking savory dishes.

The biggest advantage I've found is that you can move food around easily (even with metal utensils) thanks to the non-stick coating. And I love the fact that the pan has tall handles, making it very portable. My only issue with the pan is that it's somewhat large and may be a tight fit for smaller grills. It fits comfortably on our grill, but I believe that they also make smaller versions you might want to look at if you're interested.

Peach Melba Recipe with Picture


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Peach Napoleon Pastry Recipe Recipe

Peach Napoleon Pastry Recipe

07.27.12 by Jackie

When I last posted a savory Napoleon recipe, I realized I had never posted a traditional napoleon dessert recipe. It's called "mille-feuille" (literally "thousand leaves") in French. Unfortunately, I burned the puff pastry, so I improvised with some Pillsbury crescent rolls! I was surprised at how well it turned out. I flavored the napoleon with peach preserves, peach flavored cream filling along and fresh peaches from our garden along with those we received from Full Circle.

It's an elegant dessert that isn't as difficult to assemble as it seems. A little bit of piping skill for the filling and a toothpick to make the intricate topping decoration are enough to please anyone you know who has a sweet tooth!


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My 1000th Recipe! Recipe

My 1000th Recipe!

07.13.12 by Jackie

Today is a very special day for PhamFatale.com! It seems like just yesterday that I launched the website and I can hardly believe that we’ve already made it to the 1000th recipe. Well technically, this is the 1001st recipe but I couldn't resist baking a cake to belatedly celebrate the occasion. It's a fairly simple cake, made of layers of mascarpone custard, chopped strawberries and vanilla frosting. 

As I've said in the past, food is an ephemeral art form and it's easy to forget what you've made and what you've eaten. PhamFatale.com has become a living record of the meals I've prepared for, and with, my friends and family, and I've had such a blast sharing my daily culinary adventures with all of you. So many good memories are preserved in these web pages and this year has been chock full of them. It has truly been a pleasure to learn from, share tips with and otherwise interact with food lovers from all around the world. Although I owe my success to all of my faithful foodies, there is one food lover in particular who is especially near and dear to my heart. I'd like to give a special thank you to my friend Carole, whom I met after she sent me an email when I was featured in the San Jose Mercury News several years ago. Ever since, she has helped edit all the recipes that I've posted as well as my upcoming cookbook, Haute Potato, which comes out this December. Carole has a great eye for detail and a wonderful culinary sensibility to boot. I never would have dreamed that meeting over coffee and talking about our passion for food would turn into such a special friendship, and for that I am so grateful. 

Again, thank you all for your support. I've been pretty overwhelmed with messages on Facebook, Twitter and your private messages, but I promise I'll make it my top priority to respond to all your lovely comments. Please be assured that I enjoy reading every single one of them, and they always fill me with so much joy. In fact, my morning rituals couldn't be complete without your wonderful messages, my workout routine and of course a special kiss to my baby daughter!


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