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Date Chicken with Olives Recipe

Date Chicken with Olives

11.21.12 by Jackie

It may be almost sacrilegious to say at this time of the year, but a turkey is not right for everyone. While the big bird (sorry Sesame Street fans) parked on your dinner table, roasted to perfection looks great, if you're having an intimate gathering it can just be too much.

A beautifully roasted chicken is a completely reasonable option, and I've shared one today that uses a sumptuous combination of Medjool dates, date syrup, date molasses and green olives. If you follow the instructions carefully, your chicken will turn out moist and succulent, and more important, won't have you pining for what Benjamin Franklin suggested as our national bird. You can thank my citizenship test prep for that reference! 


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Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Soup Recipe Recipe

After my husband Lulu got sick (a nasty cold, then bronchitis), I got sick too. Now both of us are well again, but the rest of the family, not so much. They all spent the weekend in bed with watery eyes and a tissue box by their side. It was not a happy sight.

I find a nice hot bowl of soup to be one of the few comforts when I’m not feeling well, so I made a big pot with with Japanese white sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and leftover chicken and flavored it with ginger, onions and turmeric. It got me thinking that this soup would be perfect as a starter on Thanksgiving, or the day after using Thanksgiving leftover yams, Brussels sprouts and turkey.  Enjoy! 


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Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe Recipe

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

11.01.12 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been stuck in bed for the last 2 days because of a bad cough. I made a comforting vegetable soup to soothe his throat. The ingredients of the soup are pretty standard. I used leeks, carrots, turnips, oregano, green onions, green peas and potatoes. For added crunch, saltiness and as a reminder of the flavoring in the soup, I topped the soup with fried green peas.

When I became a mom, I told myself I wouldn't become the kind of annoying mother, oversharing baby photos. So with that in mind, here's a really cute picture of my daughter Aria in her first Halloween costume. Isn't she a cutie pie?

Halloween Picture


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Vietnamese Bi Recipe Recipe

Vietnamese Bi Recipe

10.25.12 by Jackie

Going through the website, I realized I've posted several vegetarian bì recipes but never showed how to make it with meat. Today, I made it with veal. A more authentic version would use pork meat, fat and skin. In any case, the meat is cooked, then shredded and tossed in a finely-ground dry-toasted rice powder mixture. This version is healthier than the original and every bit as tasty.

It's eaten at room temperature. You can serve it with bún (cold rice vermicelli noodles), steamed cơm tấm (Vietnamese broken rice) or in bánh mì (Vietnamese-style baguette sandwiches). I usually accompany the meat salad with đô chua (pickled carrots and daikon), Vietnamese herbs, fresh sliced chiles, lime wedges, shredded lettuce or cabbage, cucumber and nước mắm dipping sauce on the side. It's a fairly easy treat, so give this recipe a try!


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Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe

10.24.12 by Jackie

We're finally back home to the Bay Area after our trip to Europe. Surprisingly, the weather in Paris was a lot warmer and more pleasant than California. It's been raining quite a bit here. With Halloween coming, I picked up 3 small pumpkins and made comforting creamy pumpkin soup to ward off the cold.

The preparation is fairly easy: roast the pumpkins, add a little molasses, puréed sunflower seeds and cream and you're good to go. I paired the soup with grilled slices of baguette bread, so my husband Lulu and I could reminisce about the wonderful time we just had in Paris. I'll be posting a lot of photos of our recent trip very soon. Stay tuned!


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