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Basil and Pineapple Cookie Cake Recipe Recipe

This cookie cake recipe closes our week featuring Boyajian exquisite oils and vinegars. I was inspired to make this recipe by Martha Stewart's giant chocolate chip cookie cake. I used the basil oil both in the cookie dough, which by the way contains no butter, and the mascarpone cheese filling.

To repeat and reinforce the flavors in the filling, I deep-fried basil leaves, coated them in raw sugar, crumbled them and mixed them into the mascarpone filling. I also included freshly chopped ripe pineapple to add some sweetness to this gourmet dessert. 

Happy weekend everybody!

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Fig Sablé Cookie Recipe Recipe

Fig Sablé Cookie Recipe

08.16.13 by Jackie

Sablé cookies are French-style shortbread sweet treats that are very popular in Bretagne (Northwest part of France). Ideally, I make them with good quality yellow butter from Normandy and a hint of sea salt. 

This time, I had a large bag of dried Calimyrna figs and flavored the sandy cookie dough with them. You could use whatever dried fruit you prefer. The cookies are mildly sweet and go wonderful with tea.


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Coconut Peach Popsicle Recipe Recipe

Coconut Peach Popsicle Recipe

08.09.13 by Jackie

Here's a refreshing, healthy treat for you to enjoy this summer. We made coconut peach popsicles using peaches from our garden and fresh coconuts. The popsicles are made out of a blend of puréed peaches, diced peaches, coconut milk, fresh coconut water, fresh shredded coconut, freshly squeezed lime juice, honey and vanilla beans.

You can't go wrong with these frozen treats. Plus, they're vegan! Depending on what fruit you have available, be creative and combine the fruits and spices you like. 


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Chilled Peach Soup Recipe Recipe

Chilled Peach Soup Recipe

08.07.13 by Jackie

Baby Aria and I spent the day in our garden. She helped me trim the basil plants and gather ripe peaches in large baskets. Since the skin of this specific variety of peach is very fuzzy, they couldn't be eaten as is because it could have irritated her throat. So I blanched the fruit and peeled the skin. The skin unveiled a beautiful yellow flesh and the stone was easy to remove because the fruit was so ripe. They were very flavorful and sweet. 

I made syrup flavored with kaffir lime and ginger and poached the halved peaches for a few minutes. You could garnish the chilled peach soup with other small-sized fruits such as berries. I wanted to impart an Asian flair to the light snack, so I paired it with purple mangosteens. The result was spectacular.


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Cardamom and Banana Muffins Recipe

Cardamom and Banana Muffins

08.02.13 by Jackie

There's a French idiom "après l'effort, le réconfort", which roughly translates to "after all that effort, sit back and relax". My husband's teenage sisters Lya and Mimi took this idiom to heart, culinarily-speaking, by baking mini-muffins after a hard three-hour workout. What can I say, they were hungry for sweets. The girls decided to flavor them with freshly crushed cardamom and ripe bananas and baked them in a mini muffin pan. The illusion of saving calories by eating multiple mini treats instead of one big one made them feel good.

I love cardamom. It’s a common flavor in Indian cuisine; in addition to its potency, it's very versatile. You can easily make a fragrant gravy or flavor your favorite dessert, all with the same ingredient. What’s not to love? 


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