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Aebelskivers (Pancake Ball Recipe) Recipe

I think this recipe would be a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving brunch. The children in our family love pancakes, and this version fits the season quite well due to the addition of cranberry jam. It doesn’t hurt that the pancakes have a unique look to them as well.

The recipe starts like any pancake recipe. The one challenge is actually fitting the jam into the pancakes, and to make that possible, I cooked them in an aebelskiver pan. Aebelskivers are round pancake balls that taste similar to crossbred doughnuts and popovers. I usually use this pan for a Vietnamese dish called bánh khọt, which is a savory Vietnamese-style rice flour pancake. You've probably seen it in a flat-version (bánh xèo). Today, it made lovely, fluffy pancakes filled with a dollop of sweet/tart cranberry jam. If you prefer, you could fill them with candied yams, though I think there wouldn’t be as much textural contrast. This is definitely a recipe to learn, as it’s easy to adapt to any season or occasion.


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Basil Cucumber Water Recipe Recipe

Basil Cucumber Water Recipe

09.24.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu and I recently stayed in a very nice hotel that served cucumber water. The drink was so refreshing I recreated it as soon as I came home. I added a few twists with chia seeds and some basil leaves. 

The beauty is that you can prepare a lot of flavored water in advance of any type of party. You can use the combination of herbs, citrus, seeds and even berries you prefer. I’ve had a berry water with raspberries and blueberries that was absolutely wonderful. It’s so easy to make, you have no excuse for buying flavored water that’s probably filled with indescribable preservatives and additives.


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Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe Recipe

Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe

08.30.13 by Jackie

This fruity bread dessert is so delicious you won't believe it only requires 5 ingredients. No egg, no baking time and no more than 30 minutes prep time.

I cut black sesame and caraway Noor bread into small pieces and soaked them in hot fig preserves. Once the preserves were chilled, the cake jelled into one entity. I served the fig Noor bread cake with tangy crème fraîche for richness and pineapple and raspberries for a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness of the preserves. 

Last weekend, my good friend Laura, who's a jam expert, came over and picked 15 pounds of Black Mission figs in our garden. Aria and I helped gather as much fruit as possible so she could prepare her yummy fruit preserves. While selecting the ripe fruits, we chatted and Laura told me she would try a new technique.

The idea was to find a method that doesn't require pectin. To make the preserves, Laura started by combining water and lemon juice. After bringing the liquid to a boil, she stirred in sugar and brought the temperature to 250°F. Finally, she added the figs and vanilla beans and cooked the mixture at 220 degrees until jelled. 

I also have an announcement for this weekend. I'm going to be making a stop in Houston, Texas for an interview with Cleverley Stone on CBS Radio 650 AM at 10am Saturday. Tune in if you can, because a lucky listener will win a free copy of my cookbooks. Then I head to Barnes & Noble to sign my just released cookbook,Banh Mi, and my previous book, Haute Potato. Make sure you stay to sample a dish featured in Banh Mi! Hope you stop by and say hi! 


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Chia Seed Blueberry Tea Drink Recipe Recipe

This morning, Lulu's 13-year-old teenage sister Mimi and I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and prepared a drink so we could have enough energy before our yoga routine. The drink was very refreshing, delicious, rich in antioxidants and made with natural ingredients such as chia seeds, fresh blueberries, oranges, green tea, ghee and maple syrup.  

This special concoction was Mimi's idea, and I adore it. It doesn't require too much sweetener thanks to the blueberries and chia seeds, which add another dimension to the tea drink. Isn't it wonderful to start the day in a healthy way? Plus, it's gluten free!


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Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe

07.12.13 by Jackie

Whenever I go a little overboard buying bananas at the market, once the bananas are totally over-ripe, I end up mashing to them for baking. Muffins are a great way to make use of them, and today I made chocolate sour cherry muffins. I used frozen Montmorency cherries, dried cherries and milk chocolate chips. The tartness from the fruit provided a great balance of flavors with the richness from the chocolate.

Lya's best friend is having a sleepover tonight, so I prepared these for them. Their plan is to dance othe  the XBOX 360 Dance Central game, then watch loads of movies. The bffs will definitely get munchies during their fun night, and these cherry muffins are the perfect late night snack!


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