Gazpacho Soup (Chilled Tomato Soup Recipe) Recipe

Gazpacho is a refreshing first course I  just had to make before the summer ended. The preparation is very easy. Cucumber, roasted red bell peppers, onions and fresh tomatoes are blended together. I flavored the cold soup with garlic, lemon, tarragon, a bit of agave nectar and extra-virgin olive oil. To provide a touch of saltiness, I topped the soup with oil-cured olives.

I served it chilled with "oeuf à la coque"-style quail eggs ("soft-boiled eggs" in English). Accompany it with lightly toasted noor thin bread from the folks at California Lavash and you'll have a truly fun summer dish!

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Radish and Goat Cheese Napoleon Recipe Recipe

This radish and goat cheese napoleon recipe was inspired by an elegant beet appetizer I had several years ago at Spago, Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. Colorful layers of sliced, pickled Cherry Belle radishes, candied walnuts, goat cheese spread and rounds of whole grain noor thin bread give the dish its visual appeal. The pungency from the radishes offsets the velvety smoothness from the goat cheese. Sprinkled with candied walnuts, arugula and a few sprouted radish shoots as garnish, a larger portion of this light salad could be served as a one-dish meal. I finished the salad with a flavor-matching vinaigrette, a scrumptious sesame and candied walnut salad dressing.

The bread used in this dish is a new product from my friends over at California Lavash. It’s made with whole grains and is studded with black and white sesame seeds. It’s a great choice if you want to make a healthy dish, but I obviously didn’t do that today! I’ll be posting a couple more recipes using the bread later this week, and if you’d like to try them out, you can enter this week’s giveaway. Good luck!

California Lavash Bread Recipe with Picture


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Peach Macadamia Tart Recipe Recipe

Peach Macadamia Tart Recipe

08.24.12 by Jackie

Since making the Hawaiian-inspired granola bars (by the way, don't forget to enter this week's Nuts About Granola giveaway that ends on Monday; fill in the box below ), I've been cooking with macadamias, which I love. Macadamia nuts have a rich, creamy taste and I thought they would pair incredibly well with the very last white peaches from our garden. 

I improvised on my standard tart recipe and created a creamy tart composed of a macadamia nut crust and macadamia and peach custard. I sweetened the dessert with smoked sugar from our friends at Bourbon Barrel. When served slightly warm with Häagen-Dazs macadamia nut brittle ice cream, seriously, who could resist? 

Whenever we have guests over, which we do frequently, I like to serve sweets. People can always make room for dessert and it's usually the thing people remember the most. This one will definitely make an impression!


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Paneer Makhani Recipe Recipe

Paneer Makhani Recipe

08.23.12 by Jackie

I don't make paneer makhani very often because of the calories, particularly since I started working out to lose the baby weight. But today I had an excuse: I had leftover cream from making a white peach macadamia tart (which I'll share tomorrow), a bucket of freshly picked tomatoes and a bag of cashew nuts in the pantry. 

I marinated the cubes of paneer prior to pan-frying them. The tangy flavor from the lemon juice, yogurt and cream balanced wonderfully with the sweetness from the tomato sauce. I didn't feel bad eating the dish because it was so good!


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Avocado Gourmet Salad Recipe Recipe

Avocado Gourmet Salad Recipe

08.22.12 by Jackie

This salad is composed of thinly-sliced avocado, Bolero Nantes carrots and crisp Cherry Belle Radishes. Mixed freshly cut corn, fresh garbanzo beans, Persian cucumbers, roasted green bell peppers, sprouted radish shoots and fried matchstick white sweet potatoes complete the refreshing dish. But what truly defines it is the beautifully colored and flavorful parsley oil. If dressed properly, this salad could be a perfect first course for your dinner party.

When I was asked to write Haute Potato (my first cookbook coming out this December), I tested more than 100 recipes, but only 75 gourmet potato dishes finally made it to print. This salad didn’t make the cut. I think it tastes wonderful, but it’s not as over the top as the recipes in the book. In the right setting though, it would make a lovely addition to your meal.


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