5 Quick and Easy Party Food Ideas Recipe

In my opinion, entertaining should feel effortless. You don't want to end up slavishly cooking in the kitchen when your guests mingle, so make sure to choose quick-and-easy-to-make fun party foods that can be prepared in advance. 

If you entertain as much as we do, I hope you find plenty of inspiration in these 5 vegetarian (it's Meatless Monday after all!) appetizer recipes


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Chocolate Blueberry Sable Cookie Recipe Recipe

Sablés are probably one of my favorite cookies. These crumbly cookies hail from France's Normandy region. They're sometimes served with fruit preserves or covered with chocolate, so I thought I'd combine the two and create this unique version with coarsely chopped Belgian chocolate and fresh blueberries.

The crisp, tender, crumbly and lightly sweetened cookies were so delicious the entire family wondered why I didn't bake more. So to fill this temporary void in our lives, I baked a second batch! Mission accomplished. 


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Kale Walnut Pesto Mezze Penne Pasta Recipe Recipe

Baby Aria is a bit fussy these days. I'm sure the fact that my husband Lulu's away for his work creates  a bit of distress for her. She's started  consistently saying no to everything I serve up. I figure she's not defying me; she's finding herself. So my remedy was to formulate my statements differently. "Maman is going to eat this delicious pasta dish all by myself" and two seconds later, Aria asked for a portion of it. 

She hasn't been eating enough vegetables for my taste so I've found flavoring the dish with pesto is a great way to get finicky kids to eat their veggies. I used mezze penne so all the pesto got trapped inside the ring shaped-pasta. For everyone out there who thinks healthy has to be tasteless, you need to try this dish. It's bursting with flavor without packing on too many calories.


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Chicken Kale Salad with Papaya Recipe

Chicken Kale Salad with Papaya

08.06.14 by Jackie

My initial plan was to make a sweet and salty, spicy and bitter Vietnamese-style salad using green papaya and the chicken leftovers from yesterday. It turns out I didn't pay attention at the market and bought a very ripe papaya, so I opted for a completely different dish with kale and pesto walnut vinaigrette. 

It wasn't what I envisioned from the beginning but I ended up with the flavors I wanted for this salad: sweet and salty and spicy and bitter. I'll probably do it again. This is one result of many experiments that turned out successfully!


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Simple Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Recipe

My husband Lulu has gone on a business trip again for the week, so I don't cook as much while he's out of town. I simply boiled a whole chicken, nothing really fancy. 

Since a whole chicken was way too much for Aria and me, I cut part of the chicken into small pieces, added a few rice noodles, carrots, mushrooms and some snow peas. Nothing more, nothing less. I like the unpretentious and elementary feel of this dish. Baby Aria enjoyed it too. 

I'll keep the leftovers and make chicken salad tomorrow.


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