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Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe

12.03.13 by Jackie

This "tourte au potiron" (French for "savory pumpkin pie"), is my kind of cold-weather comfort food. And it’s a real hit with the family, especially given the fact that everything is made from scratch.

As with any pie, the two parts that need to be properly executed to have a successful dish are the filling and the crust. The pumpkin filling is flavored with a hint of heat from red chili flakes, a bit of mascarpone cheese and a few cubes of Dubliner cheese for extra nutty saltiness. Perfect flakiness of the crust requires a few key steps. First, use cold diced butter and ice water and knead the dough as little as possible. Second, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator (or freezer); before filling, lightly brush the bottom of the "tourte" with egg white to seal and "water-proof" the dough. Last, once the pie is folded, sealed and firmly pressed on the edges, brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. Preparing homemade pie crust is literally easy as pie; plus your meal will look rustic and taste delicious. 

My philosophy is to not restrict my diet too much as long as I eat in moderation and work out regularly. An important thought to keep in mind during the holiday season!


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Thanksgiving Potato Recipes Recipe

Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

11.27.13 by Jackie

I'm sure there is going to be at least one potato dish at your Thanksgiving table tomorrow evening. Our family loves potatoes and we're planning on splurging on many variations. There is a myriad of culinary possibilities for preparing the vegetables: roasted, boiled, steamed, baked, fried, or mashed. 

Here are a few potato dishes that have been featured to date on PhamFatale.com. You can also find gourmet potato dishes in my first cookbook, Haute Potato, which is an ode to this root vegetable. In this book, I’ve included one of my favorites, which hails from India: a spicy potato cutlet stuffed with ground beef, or kheema. To illustrate the versatility of potatoes, the book is separated into chapters based on the primary flavor profile or texture of the dish. Each section is an exploration of the ways in which the potato can be used. So, though it may start its life in the ground, when combined with the right techniques and ingredients the potato can truly be haute cuisine. You can order it through Amazon or Barnes and Noble; it would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for the foodie in your life.

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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Recipe

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

11.26.13 by Jackie

This is a sample of the desserts I prepared for Thanksgiving over the past few years. We haven't decided which ones are going to be served this Thursday, but one thing we know for sure is that there are going to be plenty of sweets on the table!

I also suggest trying a pumpkin version of the sweet potato tarte almandine I published in my first cookbook, Haute Potato.


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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes Recipe

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

11.25.13 by Jackie

Thanksgiving week is here! Today, I hope the medley of dishes I selected will help you find the perfect Thanksgiving stuffing / dressing recipe for your dinner table. There are a wide range of flavor combinations, using ingredients from cornbread to polenta, fruit and herbs, and even sausage.

Turkey may be the center of the show, but it’s not Thanksgiving without stuffing. So this year, dress it up! (I couldn’t resist )


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Butterscotch Blondie with Pumpkin Recipe

This Thanksgiving dessert was my sister-in-law Mimi's idea (that's what baby Aria calls her). And even though she's a very athletic teenager this year (Mimi's part of the junior varsity basketball team at her school, which requires two hours of training every day), her guilty pleasure is any kind of sweet treats. She's making a list of the desserts we should be serving next Thursday and she absolutely wants this one to be included. This week, we tested the blondie recipe with a spiced pumpkin puree topping. The only way to incorporate pumpkin was to create a little swirl. 

Baking with kids is so much fun. It's a great way to introduce them to new flavors and educate them about what they eat. And kids love to make and eat the results of their hard work.


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