Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Chocolate Macarons

03.21.14 by Jackie

In my opinion, macarons are the epitome of a classic, elegant French dessert. If you've been following my culinary adventures, you've probably noticed how very keen I am on serving individual, miniature portions and that's exactly what I adore about macarons. They're made of a sweet meringue (egg whites, sugar and almond flour) sandwiched around a flavored filling of some sort. For this version, I used chocolate ganache (heated heavy cream poured over finely chopped exquisite, high-quality chocolate).

Cooking (and by extension baking) is an expression of love. I think the person who receives your baked goods will appreciate your effort and feel special. And that's my favorite part; I take pleasure in seeing the ones I love happy. 


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Beet Quinoa Recipe Recipe

Beet Quinoa Recipe

03.20.14 by Jackie

Quinoa is a fabulous side dish that contains no gluten. This gives you other options besides pasta and rice. Last night, I prepared it with beets. It added a beautiful color and subtle sweetness. I usually like to add beets to plain, bland food; they revive the most boring dishes and aren't complicated to cook. Simple shredded beets cook extremely fast. 

Baby Aria is so talkative now and her thirst for knowledge is growing everyday. She always asks what she's eating. She loves how "funny" the word quinoa sounds and she adores beets. I bet she's going to request more of this dish in the near future!


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Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage Recipe

Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage

03.19.14 by Jackie

Gnocchi sautéed with turkey sausage is probably my most favorite dish of the season. It's hearty, delicious and filling. For extra creaminess, I added crumbled blue cheese, which also imparts extra saltiness to the dish. You definitely can't go wrong with this one-dish menu. Plus, I froze the extra gnocchi dough and stored it for a future meal.  

I've been introducing new foods to Aria. And even though she's only 27 months old, I'm fascinated to see how much she enjoys learning. She helped me shape the gnocchi pasta. For fun, I formed letters and she said a word that would begin with that letter. A beautiful, delicious dinner was ready and Aria practiced her alphabet .


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Wild Mushroom Farro Recipe Recipe

Wild Mushroom Farro Recipe

03.18.14 by Jackie

Farro is a great substitute for pasta. It's gluten free and is cooked in the same manner as rice. The girls asked me to prepare a risotto-style orzo, so I figured if I flavored it with their favorite ingredients of the season, they would barely notice the difference. I used a combination of wild mushrooms, including porcini, crimini, shiitake and chanterelles along with the farro alternative. 

I'm pleased to report everyone loved farro; I was even more surprised that they preferred it to pasta and rice. I think it's because changing the menu once in a while is nice. With their addictive personalities, they might request that I cook farro every week from now on!


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Green Food on St. Patrick's Day Recipe

Green Food on St. Patrick's Day

03.17.14 by Jackie

The one hour season finale of How I Met Your Mother is slated to air on CBS in less than 2 weeks. Have you watched the TV show? Have you followed the one where Barney Stinson wears a green suit on St. Patrick's Day? Today is officially the day we celebrate Ireland's patron Saint and if you don't wear a specific color you get pinched.

Put on your green clothes (to avoid unnecessary pinches) and celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Here are a few examples of green food. Enjoy!


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