Caviar Tower with Beet Carpaccio Recipe

I came up with this elegant starter for a dinner party we hosted. I knew I was going to have to spend a lot of time on the main course, so I opted for a dish that was quick and easy to assemble. It's made of four flavorful layers: crème fraîche flavored with beet green pesto, pumpkin seed-crusted Russian rye bread, grilled beet carpaccio and a luxurious caviar topping.

I always make extra pesto that I store for later use. If you're storing frozen pesto cubes as I've suggested in the past, this is a recipe that you can whip up very easily. I also used freshly picked beets from our garden, grilled them on the barbecue and thinly sliced them with a mandoline. If you're looking for a vegetarian alternative to caviar, you could always replace it with roasted red bell pepper red pesto-flavored quinoa caviar. Either way, this first course is as appealing to the eye as it is to the stomach. 


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Mediterranean Pinwheel Sandwich Recipe Recipe

These colorful pinwheel sandwiches are loaded with Mediterranean flavors. Fresh and roasted vegetables are brought together with hummus and pleasingly tart capers. The cabbage and carrots were also briefly pickled in lemon juice and a little sugar to add a little brightness without sacrificing their crunch.

I made these pinwheel sandwiches a while back with the gals from California Lavash. I had a blast cooking with them and look forward to doing it again soon. Their pizza lavash is out of this world. These sandwiches are perfect for the summer and would look fabulous at any picnic, party or barbecue. Enjoy the sunshine!


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BBQ Beets: Coal-Cooked Beets Recipe

BBQ Beets: Coal-Cooked Beets

07.06.12 by Jackie
Here's another simple summer vegetable recipe using the barbecue grill. Whole unpeeled beets are placed over the coals of the barbecue grill and cooked until the skin is burnt. I let the beets cool to room temperature and seasoned them with a few fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. The beets turned sugary sweet. Roasting them turned out to be a great way to showcase the results of Lulu’s hard labor to everyone during our Fourth of July barbecue.
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Grilled Corn on the Cob (Chili Lime Corn Recipe) Recipe

We grilled a lot of meat and vegetables yesterday, but the star of the show was grilled corn. It was so sweet! We had several with salt and just a touch of butter, but I also made a rub of lime zest, lime juice, red chili flakes, garlic and caramelized onions to balance and enhance the sweetness. 

We're not very good about making use of our grill during the summer, but after today the whole family has been inspired to prepare barbecues more regularly. Hope everyone had a great 4th!


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Happy Fourth of July! Recipe

Happy Fourth of July!

07.04.12 by Jackie

This year's July 4th is especially meaningful to me because it's my first Independence Day as a proud US citizen. In the spirit of this patriotic holiday, I wanted to share with you a picture of my first few minutes as an American right after I took the oath last month. 

I hope everyone is having a blast. We're having a giant barbecue at our home. Here are a few dishes we're going to be eating. Enjoy the firework display and happy Fourth of July!


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