Hu Tieu Chay Recipe Recipe

Hu Tieu Chay Recipe

06.04.14 by Jackie

Chow fun is called hủ tiếu xào chay (literally "vegetarian rice noodle stir fry") in Vietnamese and consists of wide, chewy rice vermicelli noodles stir-fried with tofu and vegetables. I made the dish chay ("vegetarian") but you can certainly add meat, such as beef, which will make the dish all the more delicious.

I make these noodles very often at home. I could eat freshly made hủ tiếu by the platter! It's quick and simple, healthy and very tasty. Living in the Bay Area means that I'm lucky enough to have fresh rice noodles readily available. I just need to drive to downtown San Jose. San Jose has a large Vietnamese community so it's very easy to find all sorts of my favorite ethnic ingredients.


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Lavender Grilled Chicken Recipe Recipe

Lavender Grilled Chicken Recipe

06.03.14 by Jackie

We recently threw a barbecue dinner, and as I mentioned in last week's video, we grow all sorts of lavender. I made a marinade for chicken legs with lavender honey, lemon juice, herbes de Provence, dry sherry, garlic and soy sauce and used half of it for the glaze. 

The glaze was thickened with tapioca starch; I used it as soon as the grill marks were visible on the chicken. I reinforced the lavender flavor with soaked sprigs of lavender. If you don't have fresh lavender, fresh rosemary would work fine too.


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Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe Recipe

I'm presenting to you another vegetarian recipe for Meatless Monday. I pan-seared Portobello mushrooms that I stuffed with lentils and various colorful vegetables.

Our family is heading to Europe this summer and I'd like to be able to fit into a bikini this season, so this hearty, yet super-healthy dish will not only satisfy our taste buds but will also help us look trim in a few weeks. 

The recipe is gluten free because we recently found out my mother-in-law is gluten intolerant. I served the mushrooms with pan-fried polenta medallions and garnished the dish with crumbled French feta cheese. 


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S'more-Inspired Dessert Recipe Recipe

S'more-Inspired Dessert Recipe

05.30.14 by Jackie

I'm not sure  who  invented the s'more dessert or when. What I do know is it's an abbreviation for "some more". 

It's our family's tradition to light a camp fire right after using our barbecue. Since my childhood friend Alexia and her family are visiting from Paris, I wanted to give them the very American experience of molten marshmallows tucked with a piece of chocolate in between graham crackers. 

We had leftover marshmallows, so I made a variation, an "indoor" s'more, combining a vanilla cake, marshmallow, peanut butter, raspberry liqueur, chocolate and a few dried fruits. My guests did, indeed, ask for some more!

 


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Lavender: Varieties and Uses (Video) Recipe
Lavender is a wonderful herb that is not only use for aromatherapy. I use it for flavoring our barbecue while grilling burgers. It tastes divine steeped in tea. It is a wonderful scent for lotion and it's known for its natural remedies. I also use it as a powerful (and attractive) deodorizer for my wardrobe. I find it calming, aromatic and relaxing. It's easy to grow in any temperate weather. And as a bonus, it's very prolific.
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