Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe Recipe

At Cost Plus World Market, I recently discovered a 100% lychee juice drink with no preservatives and no sugar added. As soon as I came home, I began brainstorming and came up with this deliciously, refreshing drink. It's made of coconut milk, lychee juice and sugar cane juice. The concoction is that wasy. It's really about the correct proportions and you could even add a few ounces of rum to spike it up.  Plus, it's dairy free!

If you're like me and don't have the patience to wait until the drink is chilled, simply add a few ice cubes and mix it in a cocktail shaker. It makes the perfect warm weather treat, almost like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. So you can relax and pat yourself on the back for a well-crafted lychee coconut cooler.

 

 


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Garlic Noodles Recipe

Garlic Noodles

03.19.15 by Jackie

Little Aria's favorite dish of the moment is a good noodle stir fry. It's super easy to prepare and I'll show you how to master this dish using 3 main flavorings: garlic, green onions and some chiles.

The secret is to fry the garlic first. You have to make sure you don't burn it or the noodles will have an acrid taste, which could be very unpleasant. If this is the case, simply throw the garlic away, wash the pan and start over. The other key is stir fry the noodles over high heat; you could also add a dollop of butter at the end for extra richness, if you like. 


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10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes Recipe

To fit my Meatless Monday tradition, here's a list of healthy snacks I've been cooking lately. My moto to get back into shape is to cook with fresh ingredients, legumes and grains and create toothsome, tasty  bites packed in protein.

Mushrooms are perfect for a "meaty" texture and nuts and legumes will help fill you up (and keep you satisfied that way throughout the day). Enjoy!


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Che Sam Bo Luong Recipe Recipe

Che Sam Bo Luong Recipe

03.15.15 by Jackie

Several roots, herbs, seeds and grains are known for their medicinal properties called thuốc bắc in Vietnamese. There's a Vietnamese dessert that gathers a collection of these delicious ingredients known as healing in Asian culture. It's called chè sâm bổ lượng and consists of a mix of dried lotus seeds (sen), longans (nhãn), Chinese pearl barley, dried mung beans, dried jujube (táo tầu in Vietnamese, also known as Chinese dates), dried white fungus and ginseng roots.

The natural starch from the barley thickens the dessert. Even though the jujube and longans are naturally sweet, I added a bit more sweetener to the syrup of the dessert with Chinese rock sugar. 

On hot summer days, you could also serve this chilled with crushed ice; it's amazing. 


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New York Steak with Maple and Riesling Wine Recipe

When you have a cut of meat that has character such a New York Strip steaks, the preparation is kept to a minimum. Last night, I seasoned the steaks with salt and pepper and seared them to have crisp, crunchy edges. I then transferred them to the oven to bring them to perfect, medium-rare, beautifully juicy meat. Once out of the oven, I improvised a sauce.

The idea behind the sauce was to balance out the saltiness of the dish with sweet notes. To do so, I used Vermont maple syrup Sunny's college roommate gave us (she's from the East Coast) and paired it with sweet Riesling.

 


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