Cardamom Chocolate Mousse topped with Meringue Cookies Recipe

This elegant chocolate dessert might seem complicated but it really wasn't. First I prepared a cardamom-flavored chocolate mousse. The mousse required very few ingredients: milk, whipping cream, butter, sugar and of course cardamom and chocolate (the stars of this sweet treat!). You'll notice no eggs were used in this step. 

The second step is the meringue cookie topping. You can prepare the meringues way in advance and assemble the dessert at the last minute. The meringues provided a nice contrast of texture against the velvety chocolate mousse, as well a striking contrast of color. 


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Shrimp and Quinoa Recipe

Shrimp and Quinoa

02.20.14 by Jackie

This gluten free dish has been my kind of light meal recently. My doctor is trying to find out if I suffer from any food allergies, which I find kind of ironic, given my love of cooking. Today for lunch I prepared this meal quickly by mixing quinoa, Asian greens (you could use kale or spinach), straw mushrooms and shrimp. I flavored the shrimp with a plum sauce and a bit of soy sauce. You wouldn't believe how delicious this was!

I like having a one-dish meal, which is convenient to eat. Baby Aria usually likes munching on the food I eat, so I was so pleased to see she likes shrimp now. Also, I've been trying to stay away from carbs so quinoa is the perfect fit for my new diet.


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Miso Marinated Sea Bass Recipe Recipe

Miso Marinated Sea Bass Recipe

02.19.14 by Jackie

We hosted a 5-course formal dinner last night, and for the main entree, I served a duo of filet mignon and pan-seared seabass. I previously marinated the sea bass in a combination of miso paste, lime juice, cumin, cayenne pepper and turmeric.

Seabass is such a delicate and exquisite fish that you don't need to do anything extra. Just make sure to form an outer crust while pan-searing the fish and complete the cooking in the oven. It's as simple as that!

 


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Tofu Fried Rice Recipe Recipe

Tofu Fried Rice Recipe

02.18.14 by Jackie

I often find myself with a lot of leftover jasmine rice. At the end of the day, if the rice cooker is still full of rice, I unplug the machine, let the rice cool to room temperature and store the rice in the refrigerator. Last night was no exception, so this morning I gathered the cooled rice and made cơm chiên chay (Vietnamese for "vegetarian fried rice") and added tofu for extra protein.

For this version, I added vegetables I had readily available such as carrots, peas and sugar snap peas. You could combine the vegetables of your choice. Simply make sure you don't choose any "watery" vegetables such as bok choy, or the rice will turn mushy and soggy. 

Baby Aria absolutely loves fried rice. I never have to feed this dish to her. She scoops the rice into her spoon and asks for more! 


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Meyer Lemon and Blackberry Parfait Recipe Recipe

I spent last week in Southern California. It's become a routine that whenever I find time, I explore farmers' market in the places we visit. I had time to wander around and find new, intriguing ingredients and on this trip, I bought incredibly fragrant pure blackberry extract. 

Once I came home, I had one idea in mind: experiment with the new blackberry extract. The result is this luscious creamy, lemony parfait dessert flavored with the oh-so-wonderfully fragrant fruit essence. For a nice contrast of texture, I used mini meringue cookies as the base and topped the miniature dessert cups with fresh blackberries. 

Happy Valentine's Day


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