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Mac and Cheese Shepherd's Pie Recipe Recipe

We've been experiencing rainy days in the Bay Area and I thought a little comfort food would warm us up. I couldn't decide between a shepherd's pie or mac and cheese, so I went for a combination of the two.

To keep the dish vegetarian, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of vegetarian protein crumble, tomatoes and onions; you could opt for regular ground beef if you prefer. Instead of topping the dish with mashed potatoes as you would in a standard shepherd's pie recipe, I added creamy mac and cheese. Needless to say, the richness of the dish was a huge hit even baby Aria asked for more!


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Easter Dessert Ideas Recipe

Easter Dessert Ideas

03.29.13 by Jackie

Growing up in France, I always looked forward to Easter Sunday. I remember going to one of the Parisian forests and hunting for eggs while my uncles played bridge. We would do a potluck picnic, and though I can’t honestly recall the food, I do remember the chocolate!

So in the spirit of my sweet memories, here are some of my favorite desserts that I think are perfect for your Easter festivities. Have a great weekend everyone!


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Spinach Purse Salad Recipe Recipe

Spinach Purse Salad Recipe

03.28.13 by Jackie

This salad has all the elements I look for in a meal. It's sweet and savory with a lot of crunch, protein and a little bit of decadence. The butter lettuce, sugar snap peas, corn, fresh mangoes, Persian cucumbers and shredded carrots form the base of the salad. This combination with a little bit of dressing would be a great first course.

But to this I also added nuts and the pièce de résistance: crispy spinach purses that I formed with wontons. I filled the purses with spinach, a bit of mascarpone and mozzarella for creaminess and lentils for added protein. They can also be served on their own as appetizers.


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Corn and Crab Soup Recipe Recipe

Corn and Crab Soup Recipe

03.27.13 by Jackie

This crab soup , simply called súp cua in Vietnamese, was my attempt to finish the leftover crab from last night's dinner. We bought six crabs for the two people who actually eat seafood in our house, so there was a fair amount unfinished. I prepared cua rang me (Vietnamese tamarind crab) and that's basically all we ate with a little salad on the side. We were so full by the end of the meal that we could not finish the dish. It was our Mount Everest and we didn't conquer it!  

I didn't want to waste the delicious crab, so I cracked the rest and gathered the crab meat. I had chicken stock in the freezer and I thickened it with a little corn starch. I added frozen corn and green onions to the soup and the result was just as I expected: mildly sweet, velvety and wonderfully soothing. Simply perfect!


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Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe Recipe

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

03.26.13 by Jackie

When I was working on my first cookbook, Haute Potato, I went through a list of all the basic potato recipes I've made throughout the years. There's one in particular I really like but it received a thumbs down from my mostly vegetarian taste-testers, also known as my husband Lulu and his sisters. 

The meat eaters loved the sweet potato pancakes, but the vegetarians thought they were too eggy. For the book I decided to go with the recipes that enjoyed more uniform support, so here's the recipe. And for all the herbivores out there, I haven't tested it with an egg substitute such as lecithin yet, but I will definitely do so in the near future. 

The recipe is ultra-easy. I paired the sweet potato pancakes with veal scallopini and "fines-herbes" flavored cream cheese and pineapple relish on the side. I often make these sweet potato pancakes for Thanksgiving and serve them with poultry. With a couple of big holidays around the corner, this is a recipe to keep in mind.


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