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Mushroom Tofu Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

02.20.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu's niece and nephew spent the afternoon with us. It was so nice having so many children in the house. Of course, our daughter Aria was the center of attention and she loved it! While they were playing with the baby, I prepared dinner. I cooked some brown rice (Lulu's request since the beginning of the new year) and made mushroom tofu stir fry.

The stir fry is composed of combined shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and enoki mushrooms, Japanese eggplant, sugar snap peas and tofu, of course!


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Mushroom Manicotti Pasta Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Manicotti Pasta Recipe

02.19.13 by Jackie

I hope your long President's Day weekend was a lovely as ours. We had some company on Saturday and had a relaxing Sunday and Monday. Yesterday, we made a few appetizers and mostly snacked on these bite-size finger foods and a few sweets throughout the day. By the evening, I still felt pretty full and assumed everyone else was too, but I was so wrong. I ran into the kitchen and improvised a meal with one Portobello mushroom, ricotta cheese, manicotti pasta shells, tomato sauce and a jar of peach jalapeno preserves from our friend Martha at San Saba River Pecan Company.

I completed a salad and mushroom manicotti dish in less than 40 minutes. The challenge was to turn a handful of key ingredients into a dish as fast as possible before baby Aria woke up from her afternoon nap. Come to think of it, that sounds like a fun Food Network Challenge! At any rate, I'm proud to report my husband Lulu and family absolutely loved the dishes. I’ll share the salad with you soon.


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Granola, Berry & Yogurt Parfait Recipe Recipe

With the long weekend and an extra week off of school, the big girls have been staing up late and lazing it up in bed until 11am-ish the last few days. I decided they weren’t spoiled enough, so I brought them breakfast in bed. Baby Aria and I prepared the parfaits mixing fresh berries, kiwi, granola and honey-flavored yogurt. Simple, sweet, healthy and filling.

If you feel the urge to make freshly baked granola at home, my friend Sarah at Nuts About Granola offers a "bake-it-yourself" granola kit (it costs only $3.99). It has been widely available in supermarkets on the East Coast and is also available online. I’m a huge fan of their product, and you'll actually find my recipe on the back of the box! Give it a try and you’ll be as Nuts about Granola as I am. 


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My Cutie Loves Cuties! Recipe

My Cutie Loves Cuties!

02.16.13 by Jackie
My Cutie Loves Cuties!
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Homemade Focaccia Recipe Recipe

Homemade Focaccia Recipe

02.15.13 by Jackie

Writing my second cookbook, Banh Mi, which comes out this summer, reminded me how much I love baking bread (in the cookbook I show how to make an authentic Vietnamese baguette). Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread right out of your own oven.

Today, I made focaccia, which is an Italian flatbread that I topped with Mediterranean ingredients.  I kept this version very simple by limiting the toppings to only olives and cheddar cheese. It tasted amazing!


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