Bouchee a la Reine Recipe (Vol Au Vent Pastry Recipe) Recipe

Bouchée à la reine is a classic in French cuisine. You might also have heard the same dish called "vol-au-vent". During the holidays, it's often filled with sweetbreads and morel mushrooms, which is exactly what I did in this recipe. 

Sweetbreads, known as "ris de veau" in French, are a delicacy and are almost impossible to ruin or overcook. The outer part is crisp and the inside remains soft, fine and tender. If you're looking for a special meal for the holidays, this might be it!


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Persimmon Pie with Crumb Topping Recipe

I had some extra pie crust leftover from the date and pecan tarts I made a couple of days ago, and there was no way I was going to let it go to waste. One of the few fruits that are in season around the time of holidays is the persimmon. We have a couple of trees in our garden and they are absolutely laden with beautiful orange fruit. We grow two varieties; Fuyu, which are firm, and Hachiya, which are pulpy and quite a bit sweeter.

It occurred to me that Hachiya persimmon pulp would make a great pie filling, since it’s almost perfect for the job on its own. It makes the dessert super easy to prepare. The only work required is the preparation the Brazil nut crumb topping in advance and assembly right when you're ready to serve. 

If you’re lucky enough to be able to get your hands on Hachiya persimmons, definitely give this pie a try. Just make sure you let them ripen fully to avoid "cotton-mouth"!


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Black Friday Recipe

Black Friday

11.23.12 by Jackie
Thanksgiving is behind us and the season of shopping has officially started. If you're trying to figure out what to get that special foodie in your life, I humbly like to suggest that you consider my first cookbook "Haute Potato". It's available online on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, which means that you won't have to brave the long lines and parking nightmare that awaits today on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. The book is filled with 75 elegant potato recipes. You'll find appetizers, side dishes, main courses and even some irresistible desserts. I'm very excited to able this share with you. You can get more information on the book on PhamFatale.com/Haute-Potato.
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Last Minute Thanksgiving Menu Ideas Recipe

It's crunch time so I'll get right to the point. If you find yourself in need of another dish or 2 or 3 that are easy, elegant and delicious, below are some of my faves that fit the bill. 


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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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