Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe Recipe

Chicken Minestrone Soup Recipe

12.05.13 by Jackie

One way to guarantee flavorful minestrone soup is to use pre-roasted chicken and chicken broth. Once you have these ready, making minestrone soup is very easy. For this winter version, I added common vegetables that are available this season, such as onions, celery, turnip and carrots. A few herbs, as well as black lentils and pipette macaroni pasta completed this rustic, thick soup. 

I don't know about your area, but we've been pulling out all our cold-weather gear. In the Bay Area this evening, temperatures dipped to near freezing; I could barely feel my nose and ears. Baby Aria was so cute in her cozy, quilted snowsuit. When we came home, this chicken minestrone soup really warmed us up.  


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Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe

12.04.13 by Jackie

Making mushroom bruschetta is a great excuse to use leftover bread with earthy, seasonal ingredients. For this version, I started with the regular procedure: I cut day-old bread into large slices, then toasted and rubbed them with garlic. But instead of using the common tomato and basil topping, I spooned on a warm mushroom mixture. I also topped the bruschetta with dry-fried Emmental cheese and drizzled on a spicy green chutney. 

The warm mushroom is flavored with onion, celery, Italian parsley, mascarpone cheese, and a drizzle of Riesling wine. You could use the same flavor combination in a savory tart or beggar's purse. Let your imagination run wild!


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Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe

12.03.13 by Jackie

This "tourte au potiron" (French for "savory pumpkin pie"), is my kind of cold-weather comfort food. And it’s a real hit with the family, especially given the fact that everything is made from scratch.

As with any pie, the two parts that need to be properly executed to have a successful dish are the filling and the crust. The pumpkin filling is flavored with a hint of heat from red chili flakes, a bit of mascarpone cheese and a few cubes of Dubliner cheese for extra nutty saltiness. Perfect flakiness of the crust requires a few key steps. First, use cold diced butter and ice water and knead the dough as little as possible. Second, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator (or freezer); before filling, lightly brush the bottom of the "tourte" with egg white to seal and "water-proof" the dough. Last, once the pie is folded, sealed and firmly pressed on the edges, brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. Preparing homemade pie crust is literally easy as pie; plus your meal will look rustic and taste delicious. 

My philosophy is to not restrict my diet too much as long as I eat in moderation and work out regularly. An important thought to keep in mind during the holiday season!


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Yam Burgers with Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I hope you had a lovely, relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. We decided to escape the Black Friday craze and stayed home, baking and cooking a lot. I still had a loaf of artisan bread, a few yams, roasted Brussels sprouts, miso gravy and cranberry sauce left.

The obvious dish that came to mind was to make "yamburgers". I served them in toasted brioche buns with cranberry sauce and a roasted garlic butter spread. They fit my Meatless Monday tradition perfectly!


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Thanksgiving Potato Recipes Recipe

Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

11.27.13 by Jackie

I'm sure there is going to be at least one potato dish at your Thanksgiving table tomorrow evening. Our family loves potatoes and we're planning on splurging on many variations. There is a myriad of culinary possibilities for preparing the vegetables: roasted, boiled, steamed, baked, fried, or mashed. 

Here are a few potato dishes that have been featured to date on PhamFatale.com. You can also find gourmet potato dishes in my first cookbook, Haute Potato, which is an ode to this root vegetable. In this book, I’ve included one of my favorites, which hails from India: a spicy potato cutlet stuffed with ground beef, or kheema. To illustrate the versatility of potatoes, the book is separated into chapters based on the primary flavor profile or texture of the dish. Each section is an exploration of the ways in which the potato can be used. So, though it may start its life in the ground, when combined with the right techniques and ingredients the potato can truly be haute cuisine. You can order it through Amazon or Barnes and Noble; it would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for the foodie in your life.

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