Turkey Meatball Appetizer Recipe Recipe

My childhood friend Alexia and her husband Olivier are visiting this week. I've been cooking with whatever is available in our vegetable garden. Olivier harvested lots of ripe radishes and we gathered the "fanes de radish" (the leaves) and made an almond pesto.

I served turkey meatball appetizers sandwiched between the pesto (that acted like a glue) and slices of radish. I garnished the appetizers with sliced almonds as a reminder of the flavor of the pesto.

My French guests are loving California cuisine!


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Oxtail Stew Recipe Recipe

Oxtail Stew Recipe

05.27.14 by Jackie

My childhood friend Alexia is visiting from Paris. She and her husband Olivier are here in the Bay Area on their honeymoon. They're spending the day in San Francisco and I offered to keep an eye on their daughter Alice. Baby Aria and Alice are the same age and they get along as well as their mothers do. I wanted to make sure they both have a rich, nutritious meal that is at easy for them to chew and enjoy at the same time. An oxtail stew seemed to fit the bill.

First, I braised the oxtails in good quality drinking wine (the alcohol will cook off), cooked them with lima beans and thickened the gravy with whole wheat flour. I didn't serve the oxtails with the bone-in to be safe. The meat can easily be removed from the bones. And I paired them with green peas and purple pomme puree (mashed potatoes).

Taking care of 2 toddlers is a lot easier than I anticipated. Both are foodies and enjoyed finishing their meal with airy chocolate mousse. Alice and Aria were satisfied and full. I'm very happy and am hoping Alexia and Olivier are having a blast in the city!


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Pool Party Recipes (Memorial Day) Recipe

We're dusting off the barbecue grill today. My childhood friend Alexia from France and her family just arrived yesterday and we're about to show them how we throw pool parties. Alexia was really excited about it because from what she said, it's pouring rain in Paris right now!

I took them grocery shopping yesterday and she and her husband Olivier were stunned by the size of American supermarkers, especially the size of the shopping carts. We bought a lot of typical American food for the occasion. I want them to relax, enjoy and sip cocktails around the pool. 

I've gathered a few recipes I'll be cooking today, in particular a lot of grilling recipes to help you celebrate Memorial Day too. Enjoy!


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Deconstructed Cherry Pistachio Trifle Recipe Recipe

This is my artsy interpretation of a deconstructed trifle. We had lovely guests flying in from Atlanta and I wanted to finish our meal with a wow factor. I displayed a wide array of colors using pistachios and cherries (the first ones harvested from our garden). 

The cake portion of the dessert is an almond croquant. The thick custard was made with vanilla beans, sherry, mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. I also wanted to contrast the warmth from the croquant with Indian pistachio ice cream. The dessert was the perfect balance of flavor, texture and heat.


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Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Pate Recipe Recipe

Living with so many vegetarians in my home, I always challenge myself to develop new meals that fit our family's diet. Daddy, my father-in-law (he's allergic to mushrooms), is out of town this week, so this wild mushroom pâté worked fine for last night's dinner. If, like me, you're not a vegetarian, this vegetarian dish is proof that vegetables such as mushrooms can be as satisfying as meat.  

I used a combination of fresh thyme, morels, chanterelles, shiitake and Portobello mushrooms. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sorts of mimics what we get from meat.


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