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Wheat Germ Turkey Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Wheat germ is a nutritious, healthier alternative to regular pasta or bread. Don't get frightened by its healthy, power-food label. Plain wheat germ tastes delicious; it has a nutty, slightly sweet taste and works wonderfully in both savory and sweet dishes. 

I prepared this wheat germ dish with a turkey Bolognese sauce. Once you get comfortable with the ingredient, feel free to get creative!


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French Soupe au Pistou Recipe (Minestrone Soup with Pasta) Recipe

Soupe au pistou is the equivalent of minestrone soup mixed with a bit of thick, Provençal-style sauce. First, I prepared beef stock (you could also use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version), then added white beans, zucchini, carrot, peas, corn, fresh tomatoes and boiled pasta and finished the soup with a few spoonfuls of a chimichurri-like sauce made of garlic, basil, olive oil and flavorful cheeses.

Aria is old enough to eat on her own with her special baby spoon now and she loved the soupe au pistou! I used regular macaroni pasta but you could use thin pasta or cut-up spaghetti instead. I also incorporated two types of cheeses -- Gruyère and Mimolette -- for flavor. If the stock is prepared in advance, this meal shouldn't take too long to assemble.


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Moroccan-inspired Chicken Recipe Recipe

I'm spending some family time in France this month. At the end of this week, I'm going to be cooking for my sister's family while Aria gets to spend some time with her cousins. This is the chicken recipe I'm planning to prepare for our dinner meal. The chicken is flavored with preserved lemons, dried apricots, fennel and harissa. The process is much the same as for my tandoori chicken recipe, but with North African flavors.  There is a large North African community in France, and as a child I enjoyed many similar wonderful dishes. I've learned a lot about the flavors from the region and have savored many spectacular dishes from its culture. 

The dish incorporates lots of sweet flavors, as is common in North African cuisine. I'll serve this on a bed of semolina with a fennel salad. I hope they'll like it!


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Summer Salad with Spiced Lemon Coffee Vinaigrette Recipe

This delicious, summery salad makes good use of fresh, crisp ingredients. I also added red quinoa, avocado, fresh mozzarella cheese, fried tofu and chicken pieces to complete the nutritious salad. To put it over the top, I drizzled the salad with an incredible lemon and coffee-flavored vinaigrette.

I was inspired to make the dressing by our trip to Italy two years ago. While on our vacation, we had the opportunity to try spiced citrus coffee. It was absolutely terrific and fairly commonplace; similar flavor combinations can be seen in many coffee cakes and biscotti cookies. I was able to recreate the flavors found in these Italian dishes using Boyajian coffee vinegar and pure lemon oil. I also added extra lemon zest to brighten the vinaigrette.

The vinaigrette itself would also make an excellent marinade for chicken, steaks or root vegetables.


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Cherry Roasted Chicken Recipe Recipe

Cherry Roasted Chicken Recipe

08.08.13 by Jackie

The cherries from the farmers' market this week weren't very sweet, so I used them in a savory dish and paired them with my specialty, rotisserie chicken. I marinated the poultry overnight in a flavorful, buttery mixture and roasted the meat the following day. Once the chicken was fully cooked, I used the pan drippings and poached the pitted cherries until softened. 

This method is my way to make good use of fruit that can't be eaten as is or in dessert. Next time you're a bit disappointed with the groceries you bring home, think twice before wasting them; there's almost always a clever way to turn an item into a delicious dish and no one will ever suspect the reason you decided to go this route!


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