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Ginger Honey Cornbread Recipe Recipe

Ginger Honey Cornbread Recipe

01.05.11 by Jackie

I am a big fan of both gingerbread and cornbread. I thought it would be fun to combine the flavors of the two, and so my ginger honey cornbread was born. I decided to go all out with intense ginger flavor, so I used freshly grated ginger, candied ginger, root beer and last but not least ginger honey.

The result is a strong, mildly spicy cornbread, which we absolutely loved. It's fairly simple to make, easy to transport and can be made a day in advance.


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Chocolate Red Bean Pie Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Red Bean Pie Recipe

01.03.11 by Jackie

I love Vietnamese bean desserts, but my husband Lulu's not a huge fan. Vietnamese desserts aren't sweet enough to his taste. So in the spirit of compromise, I created a pie inspired by Asian red bean desserts, but to an American's tastes.

First, I baked the pie crust, then spread in a generous amount of chocolate spread, and finally completed the dessert with a layer of sweetened red beans. 

The ration in this recipe is very easy to remember: 1 can sweetened red beans, 1 can of evaporated milk, 2 eggs, sugar and a little grated ginger. It's not your standard pie, but it's absolutely delicious.

Chocolate Red Bean Pie Recipe with Picture


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Roasted Garlic and Cheese Creme Brulee Recipe Recipe

If you go through the previous crème brûlée recipes I've shared so far, this savory version will probably raise some eyebrows. It's not that I've run out of ideas for sweet crèmes brûlées; there are plenty more to come. I've just been toying with the idea of making a savory one because I think the creamy custard and crunchy top create a perfect canvas for savory ingredients.

I chose roasted garlic, goat cheese and herbs because they are intensely flavorful and make an excellent camouflage for the egg flavor. For the top, I mixed parmesan cheese and a bit of sugar and then took my blow torch to the mixture.

Savory crèmes brûlées can be quite an original appetizer to serve at your Christmas party. They are uncommon enough to help mark just about any special occasion though.

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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Acorn Squash Recipe

Every winter season, I look forward to the wide availability of Brussels sprouts and acorn squash. I prepare them many different ways, but I make it a point to never overwhelm the distinct flavors of these seasonal veggies.

This time around, I steamed the vegetables until tender, then sautéed them in a little butter until caramelized. Finally, I glazed them in balsamic-maple syrup. The children love this dish because of its intriguing flavors; the sweet, tart and savory notes with a hint of maple in the background got very positive reviews.


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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Cranberry Pear Dessert Recipe Recipe

Thanksgiving is over and I have some leftovers from last night. We always have extra cranberry jelly, and this year I decided to turn it into a mousse. But cranberries can be a little tart, so I added pears to balance the flavor of the dessert.

When serving mousse, I always try to pair the smooth, airy dessert with something of more substantial texture. I topped each mousse with a garnish of diced pears with dried cranberries as a reminder of the flavors in the mousse, plus a sprinkle of crushed pistachio for added color and crunch. The result is a fabulous dessert that no one will guess was made from Thanksgiving leftovers!


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