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My 1000th Recipe! Recipe

My 1000th Recipe!

07.13.12 by Jackie

Today is a very special day for PhamFatale.com! It seems like just yesterday that I launched the website and I can hardly believe that we’ve already made it to the 1000th recipe. Well technically, this is the 1001st recipe but I couldn't resist baking a cake to belatedly celebrate the occasion. It's a fairly simple cake, made of layers of mascarpone custard, chopped strawberries and vanilla frosting. 

As I've said in the past, food is an ephemeral art form and it's easy to forget what you've made and what you've eaten. PhamFatale.com has become a living record of the meals I've prepared for, and with, my friends and family, and I've had such a blast sharing my daily culinary adventures with all of you. So many good memories are preserved in these web pages and this year has been chock full of them. It has truly been a pleasure to learn from, share tips with and otherwise interact with food lovers from all around the world. Although I owe my success to all of my faithful foodies, there is one food lover in particular who is especially near and dear to my heart. I'd like to give a special thank you to my friend Carole, whom I met after she sent me an email when I was featured in the San Jose Mercury News several years ago. Ever since, she has helped edit all the recipes that I've posted as well as my upcoming cookbook, Haute Potato, which comes out this December. Carole has a great eye for detail and a wonderful culinary sensibility to boot. I never would have dreamed that meeting over coffee and talking about our passion for food would turn into such a special friendship, and for that I am so grateful. 

Again, thank you all for your support. I've been pretty overwhelmed with messages on Facebook, Twitter and your private messages, but I promise I'll make it my top priority to respond to all your lovely comments. Please be assured that I enjoy reading every single one of them, and they always fill me with so much joy. In fact, my morning rituals couldn't be complete without your wonderful messages, my workout routine and of course a special kiss to my baby daughter!


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Foie Gras Creme Brulee Recipe (+Giveaway) Recipe

I've mentioned it in the past; even though it might raise some eyebrows, foie gras, or duck/goose liver, is my guilty pleasure. Maman would always serve this French delicacy during our holiday dinner. If you've never tasted foie gras before, it's like eating a piece of intensely flavored, semi-softened butter.

I got a lovely whole duck foie gras from The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View, CA. Instead of serving it as a main course (I’ll publish a main course recipe soon), I added the foie gras to a savory custard and made crèmes brûlées. Obviously, this is not your ordinary vanilla flavored dessert crème brûlée. I made savory crème brulees in the past with ingredients like garlic, so this isn’t exactly new territory for me. The result was amazing; foie gras and sweet flavors pair perfectly together. I added specks of foie gras to the custard as well as a large piece in the center of each ramekin. I also topped them with a larger chunk on top of the sugar crust as a reminder of the flavoring inside. I served the fancy starter with toasted bread so the foie gras could be spread onto the toasts.

This weekend giveaway is for Bay Area readers or people who are able to redeem their prize on site. The Milk Pail Market, which happens to be my favorite local market, is generously donating five $25 gift certificates. You could put this to good use and create a marvelous Christmas dinner for your loved ones. At any rate, I love this market; you can find a wide variety of cheeses, (check out the fromage blanc), French products such as Mamie Nova yogurts and tons of other European products as well. And don't forget to try their famous croissants!  Be sure to stop by and discover these fabulous ingredients. The address is 2585 California Street, Mountain View, CA 94040. To participate to our giveaway, visit our 25 Days of Giveaways page and enter today. Good luck!

http://www.phamfatale.com/25-days-of-giveaways/

Make sure you're a fan of PhamFatale Facebook fan page and the Milk Pail, or follow @Phamfatalecom and tweet about this giveaway. To make it easy, you can just copy and paste this tweet if you’d like: "Five $25 Gift Certificate #Giveaway from @Phamfatalecom and the Milk Pail: http://bit.ly/sp4V7y".


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Pistachio Dessert: Pistachio Creme Brulee Recipe (+Giveaway) Recipe

If you've been following my culinary adventures, you've probably noticed how much I love pistachios! Daddy (my father-in-law) went to visit one of his friends in Sacramento who grows orchards of pistachios. Daddy brought bags filled with fresh pistachios back for me to have fun with. I had never seen or tasted the raw product and it was amazing. The color is richer and greener. Daddy said raw pistachios are very common in India and picking the pistachios brought him back in time. There were so many pistachios that I had to come up with creative ways to make use of them. I immediately thought of making pistachio paste by grinding and blending them raw with a little Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Sugar. I also added pistachio oil to make the paste smooth and creamy because pistachios contain very little natural oil compared to other nuts. I also added a touch of almond extract to give the pistachio paste a nice aroma.

I didn't stop there. I used the paste to flavor a typical French dessert: crème brûlée. I've made crèmes brûlées so many times (lavender, banana, cherry, masala chai, matcha green tea, lemon, chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, even a savory garlic flavored-one!) that after checking back on PhamFatale.com, I was surprised to see that I never posted this particular version! The pistachios were so fresh that it was almost guaranteed that the crèmes brûlées would be divine. To accentuate the dessert, I used vanilla sugar from Bourbon Barrel in the pistachio paste, the custard mixture and the brûlé part itself. It’s just more evidence that a few exquisite ingredients can transform the simplest foods (eggs, milk, cream and sugar) into something extraordinary.

In addition to tasting incredible, this naturally green-colored dessert can be part of your Halloween table. The kids can have their Snickers and Twix; I’d rather have one (or three) of these pistachio crèmes brûlées!

Fresh Pistachio Recipe with Picture


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Goat Milk Ice Cream with Molasses Syrup Swirl Recipe

You've probably noticed, I'm addicted to anything and everything goat. Whether it's goat ricotta cheese, goat cheese Gouda or simple chèvre, I cannot get enough of goat’s milk unique flavor profile. I often use goat dairy products in savory dishes, but I thought it would be fun to experiment with goat milk in desserts. After some thought, it occurred to me that there is no better showcase for goat milk than making ice cream.

I made a simple custard using goat milk and chilled it overnight. I churned the ice cream and finished it with swirls of molasses and raisin syrup. The result was silky, delicious and not too rich. I've heard that goat milk is more easily digestible than regular cow's milk, which is good for the lactose-intolerant members of my family. The only downside: there wasn't enough to feed everyone! 


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Mexican Chocolate Flan Recipe Recipe

Mexican Chocolate Flan Recipe

05.03.11 by Jackie

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces in 1862. The celebrations here in the Bay Area are always fun and I wanted to get in on the festivities. I love chocolate desserts, so I made a spiced chocolate flan.

I flavored the custard with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon and a small amount of cayenne pepper for a pleasant warmth at the end. Enjoy!


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