Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe Recipe

Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe

09.25.12 by Jackie

While picking fresh vegetables at a local Korean market with Aria sitting in my shopping cart, a very nice lady began chatting with me in front of stacks of neatly arranged young Chinese cabbage heads. She said they make excellent kimchi, as well as a delicious soup for little ones. I love sharing new foods with my daughter, so I definitely appreciated the advice.

I kept the soup fairly simple, adding potatoes as the primary thickening agent. They give the soup a richer mouth-feel without making it heavy and overbearing. It's a very pleasant way to start a meal, whether you're young, old or in-between.


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Mushroom Lasagna Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

09.24.12 by Jackie

I just found out September was National Mushroom Month, so to celebrate the occasion, I made one of our family's favorites: vegetarian mushroom lasagna. I used cremini mushrooms, which have the right size and texture for lasagna. Onions and tomato sauce also play an important role in the dish, as of course does the cheesy white sauce. I included soy chorizo to provide some protein and a little kick to the meal. If you’re not a vegetarian, you could of course substitute ground meat in its place.

The layers of the lasagna can be a little soft, so I topped it with a Parmesan and bread mixture. I find this dish to be comfort food at its best: rich, flavorful and bold while still being familiar. Definitely worth the effort!

 


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I ❤ You Guys! Recipe

I ❤ You Guys!

09.23.12 by Jackie
I received such a sweet email from one of the winners of our weekly giveaways. Thank you so much for your lovely message, Mina, and thanks to everyone for your continued support! Love, Jackie
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Saffron Fig Tart Recipe Recipe

Saffron Fig Tart Recipe

09.21.12 by Jackie

This dessert combines figs and saffron, two of my favorite ingredients. There is just something so sinfully luxurious about the color, flavor and texture of both items, that when combined, you just know you're in for something really special.

To make the dessert, I pre-baked a homemade tart shell and filled it with saffron-flavored custard. Over the custard I layered freshly picked and sliced figs from our garden. Fruit preserves gave the tart a nice gloss, and for an extra pop of color and texture, I added a thin layer of crumbled pistachios. As elegant and sophisticated as this tart may look, it's actually pretty easy to put together, assuming you know the basics of making tart shells and custards. It can be easily modified to work with your favorite ingredients, so learn the basics, experiment and have fun!


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Boiled Brussels Sprouts with Grapefruit Salad Dressing Recipe

Cooking Brussel sprouts can be a chore, especially if you roast them. So today since I was running out of time, I simply boiled and mixed them warm with a grapefruit salad dressing. For garnish I added freshly-cut grapefruit segments and sunflower seeds.

Boiled vegetables can be delicious if seasoned and paired with a flavorful sauce. Just look for a few fresh, complementary ingredients before deciding on a particular flavor route.


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