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Spooky Halloween Beet Recipe Recipe

Spooky Halloween Beet Recipe

10.23.13 by Jackie

It's almost that time of the year again and I'm ready to prepare a horror-themed dinner for the end of the month. I concocted a gory-looking dish using the elegant combination of mozzarella, garbanzo beans and beets. I figured the color of the beets looked very similar to blood and I paired the dish with mozzarella and olives to resemble blood-shot eyes. Spooky!

First, I soaked garbanzo beans and shredded raw beets. I cooked them together until the legumes were softened enough to be crushed between my thumb and index finger. Once the beet dish was transferred to a serving platter, the finishing touch was adding creepy eyes made of cheese and olives. So it's not that difficult to feed your Halloween fun!


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Salmon Orzo Salad Recipe Recipe

Salmon Orzo Salad Recipe

10.22.13 by Jackie

Today, I prepared a salmon orzo pasta salad. The dish is fairly simple. I broke baked salmon into large pieces and combined them with orzo pasta and a variety of vegetables such as zucchini, corn, roasted bell peppers and string beans.

Baby Aria has a good appetite and given that she's more of a toddler now, she’s able to eat whatever we eat. She's becoming independent and discovers the textures, colors and tastes of new foods every day, especially since she's able to pick up food with a spoon and eat by herself. With dishes like this one, feeding kids nutrient-rich, colorful foods couldn't be easier!


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Indian-style Spinach Phyllo Cups Recipe

After learning how to make so many Indian dishes from my husband's paternal grandmother, I noticed that most meals were served family-style with chapati bread, naan, or basmati rice. Our guests love Indian cuisine, so I started to include a few of my favorite dishes, made into bit-sized portions.

I love serving finger food. It allows your guests to easily mix and mingle right before the more formal sit-down part of the meal. Palak paneer phyllo cups are one of the many appetizers I've developed over the years. 

These spinach appetizers require 4 steps: forming the phyllo cups, pan-frying the cubes of paneer cheese, making the Indian spinach and cheese filling and assembling at the last minute when the guests are about to arrive. I usually do the prep way in advance so I can have a stress-free party and start the evening in a good and calm spirit.


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Apple Pear Cake Recipe Recipe

Apple Pear Cake Recipe

10.18.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu's favorite uncle (it's safe to say this because Daddy only has one brother) generously gave us two large bags filled with apples and pears freshly picked from his garden. They were so sweet that we ate a lot of them straight away.

After having our fill, I prepared several cakes with the remaining fruit. The recipe is fairly basic: simple cake batter, flavored with both vanilla beans and vanilla extract, poured into a non-stick mold and topped with cubes of three apples and one enormous pear. Once the cake was hot and ready, I drizzled it with a little bit of Calvados (apple-flavored liqueur) for extra yumminess.


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Asparagus and Pea Appetizers Recipe

Asparagus and Pea Appetizers

10.17.13 by Jackie

We're having a large dinner party this Saturday, so I tested a new appetizer recipe today. I prepared the filling for the appetizers with green peas and asparagus. To ensure that the filling would spread easily, I also added eggplant pulp and a bit of Pecorino cheese. 

To save time, instead of placing puff pastry dough into molds and following the curve of the molds, I cut pastry rounds. Once baked and flaky, I divided them in half crosswise, then filled them with the green mixture. They resembled savory pâte à choux buns, minus all the labor normally required.


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