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Vegetarian Calzone Recipe (Pizza Pocket) Recipe

My husband Lulu worked from home today, so I improvised a little lunch for him. I made little pizza pockets filled with béchamel-coated vegetarian beef strips.  I used store-bought whole wheat pizza dough, I already had béchamel sauce made and I added leeks and onions to the filling.

I paired the calzone with tomato soup. Lulu was on a phone call when I brought him lunch but he gave me two thumbs up after finishing his tray of food!


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Duck Confit and Morel Mushroom Ravioli Filling Recipe Recipe

I went through my pantry and freezer and thought it was time to do a little spring cleaning. I decided to make ravioli and filled them with the duck confit I had in the freezer, along with ricotta cheese, Pecorino cheese, cider, apples, morel mushrooms and tarragon. 

I ended up making two large batches of the homemade pasta: one vegetarian and one with the shredded duck inside. My preference leans toward the meat version, but my husband Lulu who's a vegetarian enjoyed the other version as much as I did!


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Mushroom Manicotti Pasta Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Manicotti Pasta Recipe

02.19.13 by Jackie

I hope your long President's Day weekend was a lovely as ours. We had some company on Saturday and had a relaxing Sunday and Monday. Yesterday, we made a few appetizers and mostly snacked on these bite-size finger foods and a few sweets throughout the day. By the evening, I still felt pretty full and assumed everyone else was too, but I was so wrong. I ran into the kitchen and improvised a meal with one Portobello mushroom, ricotta cheese, manicotti pasta shells, tomato sauce and a jar of peach jalapeno preserves from our friend Martha at San Saba River Pecan Company.

I completed a salad and mushroom manicotti dish in less than 40 minutes. The challenge was to turn a handful of key ingredients into a dish as fast as possible before baby Aria woke up from her afternoon nap. Come to think of it, that sounds like a fun Food Network Challenge! At any rate, I'm proud to report my husband Lulu and family absolutely loved the dishes. I’ll share the salad with you soon.


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Homemade Tortellini Pasta Recipe Recipe

Nothing beats a nice home-cooked meal. My husband Lulu is coming home tomorrow night and we're going to celebrate the romantic day with tortellini pasta I made from scratch.

To do so, I prepared pasta sheets and made a filling of artichokes, oil cured olives and ricotta cheese. I tested a small batch already and stored the rest in the refrigerator until the day comes. I can't wait to see his reaction! 


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Mushroom Crepe Recipe (Crepe Forestiere) Recipe

In less than 3 weeks, La Chandeleur is going to be celebrated in France. It originially was a religious event (40 days after Christmas) but nowadays, it's become a more commercial celebration). Crêpes are traditionally served on the holiday, which gives me an excuse to flip some crêpes for my family. I know that making crepes is intimidating for a lot of people, but I have prepared crêpe batter countless times and I promise it's easy to master, and with a little bit of practice you'll have no problem with it. 

In general, for La Chandeleur you'll see them served as dessert, either with fruit and cream or simply sweetened with a sprinkle of sugar. Savory versions (ham and cheese is a staple), however, are not uncommon. This recipe is for a "forest"-style crepe, which means it's filled with mushrooms and it's also known as beggar's purse. I added a few roasted chestnuts and garbanzo beans for extra protein.

I hope you're inspired to make some crepes yourself. You'll be a pro in no time!

I'm giving away a copy this week and will announce the winner next Monday, January 14th, 2013. I am so grateful for all the blessings I have in my life. Thank you so much for your love and support. Here’s to making 2013 as unforgettable as 2012!


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