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Olive Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Olive Mashed Potatoes

01.14.11 by Jackie

I came up with the idea of making olive-flavored mashed potatoes (purée de pomme de terre aux olives) while strolling through Parisian open-air markets. Most of them carry the most delicious varieties of olives that are not overly salty. After tasting many varieties, I bought delicious bright green olives that are large, meaty and slightly sweet with a nutty taste to the palate.

Parisian kitchens in general are tiny and contain the bare minimum when it comes to cooking. I mashed the potatoes using the back of a fork, pitted and coarsely chopped the olives and finally mixed them into the purée, adding a little crème fleurette (cream). My husband Lulu loved it and was totally impressed that I was able to pull it off in our tiny kitchen!

Besides visiting museums and monuments in Paris with Lulu, I have to admit that perusing the Parisian open-air markets was my favorite activity! Tasting and seeing the wonderful colors and produce gave me so many ideas and inspirations for new flavor pairings. I’ll be sharing them soon.

Olive Recipe with Picture


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Shrimp Gambas in Garlic Recipe

Shrimp Gambas in Garlic

01.13.11 by Jackie

While staying at my parents' during the holidays, I really enjoyed having giant wild gambas (large shrimp). We would simply sauté them in a lot of garlic and finish the dish with a little curly parsley. The large platter of seafood was a real treat.

The gambas were so sweet and yummy. My mouth waters just thinking about them. We had such a great time and great food while in Paris. Can't wait to go back and get more fresh gambas!


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Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe Recipe

Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe

01.12.11 by Jackie

During our recent trip to Paris, I noticed "cassoulet maison" being the recurring specialty dish appearing on many brasserie menus. Cassoulet is a traditional French casserole dish originating in the South of France. The dish consists of several layers meat and cannellini beans.  My husband Lulu being a vegetarian and I wanted him to be able to enjoy the wonderful flavors of cassoulet. I made a meat-less equivalent, which makes a perfect complete meal for vegetarians thanks to the hearty white beans. I don't think I would make this dish often because it's quite labor intensive, but Lulu liked this comfort food so much that I might just make the effort. I'm sure he'll appreciate this dish even more when I make it.

For a contrast in texture, I served the vegetarian cassoulet as a layered nacho bean dish, using blue corn tortilla chips. Lulu loved it and even commented that "vegetarian cassoulet is so flavorful, I don't understand why one would ruin it by adding meat!" Isn't my husband funny?


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Rocket Salad with Granny Smith Apples (Mixed Green Salad Recipe) Recipe

My husband Lulu and I are finally back home from a long month in Paris. It's good to be home and see the girls again, whom we missed a lot. Lulu got the camera out and showed the family pictures of the wonderful Parisian monuments and delicious food we had.

Over the next few days, I'll be sharing with you the dishes I made on our trip. This particular one is a very simple roquette (also known as rocket or arugula) and apple salad. I paired it with freshly cracked walnuts and pecorino pepper vinaigrette. The crunch and the hint of tart and slight acidity from Granny Smith apples works wonders on this salad. Bon appétit!


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Macarons from Ladurée Recipe

Macarons from Ladurée

12.31.10 by Jackie
I know, I know. At the beginning of 2010, I made a resolution to make my own macarons and share them with you. Alas, I was a bit of a chicken, and never really tried. Luckily, since I'm in Paris right now, I can stop by just about any bakery and get a batch of these delicate little goodies.
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