Mulberry Heaven (6 Delicious Mulberry Dessert Recipes) Recipe

During my pregnancy, the girls would pick a basketful of the ripest mulberries from the tree in our garden and bring me a bowl filled with the delicious fruit. So I always tell baby Aria that in a way, she's made of mulberries! In fact, you really can never go wrong with mulberries. If you’ve never had them before, they have a wonderfully complex, sweet and tart flavor with hints of pepper when fully ripe. The intense flavor is almost indescribable. When they get really ripe, the juice thickens to a syrup-like consistency so harvesting them can get very messy and stain your hands and clothes. 

I recently was able to find the prized fruits at a local Farmers' Market in Palo Alto. So rush there, whilen there's still time to enjoy the wonderful, summery, seasonal fruit. If not, you can make substitutions depending on what ingredients (such as blueberries) you have available. 

 


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Rib-Eye Steaks with Mushroom Coffee Sauce Recipe

I had prepared this very flavorful sauce for the Polar Production Team last week as a thank you for bearing with me during the long, sleepless hours of filming my first cooking series. On the last day, I packed a meal for each member revolving around my favorite insomniac's ingredient: coffee, of course!

I seared beautiful rib-eye steaks and paired them with a mushroom coffee sauce. The beef was such good quality that salt and pepper could have been sufficient but I jazzed it up with espresso coffee and flavored the sauce with the velvety, dark elixir. 


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Healthy Green Juice Recipe Recipe

Healthy Green Juice Recipe

08.20.14 by Jackie

My friend Carole and her husband have been so keen on making juices, she often gives me suggestions on how to create new drinks with my powerful blender. Today's healthy juice is a blend of pure, freshly pressed apple juice, fresh cucumbers, baby kale, spinach leaves, lime juice, chia seeds and a lot of ice cubes. 

The chia seeds add a beautiful consistency to the juice, which can otherwise seem a little flat. They are loaded with health benefits, so if you want to start the day on a wonderful note, take a few minutes to prepare this "superfood" drink and remember to consider adding more greens to your daily life. 


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Gourmet Steak Pinwheel Recipe Recipe

Gourmet Steak Pinwheel Recipe

08.19.14 by Jackie

This is a simple beef recipe, as no marinating time is necessary. I selected a good quality piece of New York Sirloin steak that I thinly sliced and used for the wrapping. I created multiple layers by spreading shaved Asiago cheese, goat cheese (as the adhesive to the top covering) and arugula over the steak. Once the beef was rolled into a tight wrap, I sliced the log into small pieces, then pan-seared them.

As a reminder of the flavor of the beef pinwheels, I topped them with arugula Asiago pesto. Not only did it give a beautiful, striking color to the meat, it also paired wonderfully with the cauliflower puree I served on the side. 


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Fried Egpplant with Balsamic Coffee Reduction Recipe

This recipe is heavily inspired by an antipasto we had during our family trip to Italy last month. I didn't think "melanzane all'aceto balsamico", or eggplants with balsamic vinegar, would give me much of a thrill. But I was blown away by the flavor of this simple preparation with minimal ingredients. I decided that when I got back home, I’d prepare a similar starter dish.

First I pan-fried tender eggplant slices, then coated them in a balsamic reduction flavored with garlic, fresh oregano and dark, bold coffee. To provide a great contrast of color and texture, I topped the very nice and tasty eggplants with crumbled goat cheese, sweet basil and chocolate-covered coffee beans as a reminder of the flavor of the reduction.

It's the first time since the launch of PhamFatale.com that I've been away for so long. I've been swamped with work and my personal life is so chaotic these days, I didn't have a minute last week to be in front of the computer. I want to announce that I just completed my first, professionally filmed episode of a new cooking series. We worked day and night and finally wrapped the 20-ish-minute episode after taping on the last day for more than 15 consecutive hours, until dawn. It was challenging but it really gave me an insight into what really happens behind the scenes. A lot of mishaps happened on the first days (broken glass, crickets, yellow jackets and wildlife were part of the fun), but overall it was such a positive experience.

Thanks to the amazing filming crew, I had a lot of fun in a very friendly atmosphere. To show my appreciation, I concocted and packed a full meal for each member so I could be forgiven by their spouses after taking them away for such long hours. Thank you so much Polar Production Team for your professionalism, hard work, dedication and most  of all for believing in me. You guys rock! 

Cooking Series
Behind-the-scenes at the first episode of my new cooking series.


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