No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe (Egg Free Dessert) Recipe

This dessert might look complicated, but trust me, it took me all of 20 minutes tops to assemble it. It's an egg-free, no-bake blueberry cheesecake. I still had a couple of jars of Meyer lemon marmalade from last season and I julienned the lemon rind to flavor the cheesecake and decorate it as well. The citrus provides a great balance of flavor.

This sort of cheesecake only requires a handful of ingredients, which includes quality lady finger cookies, mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar, a hint of tangy crème fraîche, fresh blueberries, Meyer lemon marmalade (or whatever you have on hand) and a combination of lecithin, xanthan gum and a bit of oil. That's pretty much it. 


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Veal Scallopini with Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Baby Aria now has eight teeth and two more coming in. And boy, does she like to use them! She's not fussy at all when it comes to food. Aria and I usually eat the same meal. This evening, I prepared an "escalope de veau au chou fleur", which translates from French to "veal scallopini with cauliflower".

First, I browned slices of veal, then cooked a combination of cauliflower, Granny Smith apples and Sweet Million tomatoes as a side. I tied the dish together with gravy, and for added crunch, I added almond slivers at the last minute.

I have to admit that Aria’s favorite part of the meal was the cauliflower, and she wouldn’t have touched the veal if I hadn’t made her eat it. Lulu often reminds me that he never really liked the taste of meat when he was a child and by the time he was a teenager he happily gave up the idea of ever eating it again. I believe that if you train children to eat everything at a young age, they'll eat anything as adults. What do you think? Should I influence Aria to become a meat eater?


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Polenta Medallions with Turkey Recipe

Polenta Medallions with Turkey

06.19.13 by Jackie

Here's a gluten-free dish that won't leave you missing bread or pasta. I pan-fried pre-cooked basil and herb polenta medallions, then topped them with caramelized onions, turkey, eggplant and a small piece of goat cheese. I tied the dish together with tomato consommé and crunchy, coarsely chopped pistachios and 

Ground turkey can taste a little bland so I upped the flavors with Mesquite seasoning, oregano, tomato paste, dry white wine and eggplant. I turned the eggplant into a garlicky sauce and cooked the browned turkey bits. The result is a hearty and rustic turkey ragu. To balance the spices from the turkey, I paired it with a tomato consommé. It provided a nice contrast in flavor, texture and color, but you could always add a drizzle of lime juice instead, if you prefer.


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Roasted Bell Pepper and Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe Recipe

Sometimes the simplest things make the most delicious dish. My husband Lulu planted Persian cucumbers this year and lately he's been harvesting 2-3 cucumbers a day. I love the flavor of Persian cucumbers and have had a lot of fun coming up with simple recipes that showcase them.

Salads are a great way to enjoy cucumbers and this recipe is no exception. Since cucumbers have a high water content, I salted them to draw out moisture for a crisp result. I paired them with roasted red bell peppers and seasoned the salad with a simple lemon and extra-virgin olive oil vinaigrette. I also sprinkled a few toasted pine nuts for texture and added fresh dill because this herb marries superbly with the vegetable.

This salad will be a hit at any picnic, pool party or barbecue. It tastes like summer!


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Zucchini Goat Cheese Recipe Recipe

Zucchini Goat Cheese Recipe

06.17.13 by Jackie

This weekend, I was inspired by the seafood I prepared for myself and created fish-like "scales" using thinly sliced zucchini so my husband Lulu, who is a vegetarian, could enjoy a similarly-themed meal.

First, I steamed thinly sliced and shredded zucchini. Then I cooked finely chopped morel mushrooms with garlic. Shredded zucchini, preserved lemons and the mushrooms became the base of the flavoring for the goat cheese filling. I reshaped a log of goat cheese mixture and dressed it with the zucchini slices. I added a little glamour to the dish with the exquisite white truffle oil we received from our friend Casey at Pastamoré. How luxurious does this sound?  

I preserved Meyer lemons in several jars a few months ago and it's now time to enjoy every bit of them. This is the very first time of the season I'm using them. You could use them to flavor pasta, cold soup, sauces, salad dressing, dips, stews and many more dishes. Stay tuned for more recipes with preserved lemons.


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