Fuyu Persimmon: Fruit of the Month Recipe

Fuyu Persimmon: Fruit of the Month

10.26.15 by Jackie

This is a glorious Autumn sight: freshly-harvested Fuyu persimmons.

Simply arrange the fruits on a tray, they will continue to ripen and act as a deodorizer, offering their own pleasant scent to your home.

Did you know persimmons leaves protect from bugs (Geishas would store their kimonos with persimmon leaves)?

Bring fresh, inexpensive and healthy food from your garden to your table. Cut them in wedges, sauté them in butter with a sprinkle of dried mint and a little lime juice; they will accompany a grilled tenderloin beautifully.

Enjoy a simple dessert with probably the sweetest of all nature's gifts in a sweet tart. Place thinly sliced persimmons on rounds of pastry dough. Add a splash of Grand Marnier (orange-flavored cognac liqueur) and finish with crushed pistachios.

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15 Fall Dessert Recipes for Dinner Parties Recipe

15 Fall Dessert Recipes for Dinner Parties

10.13.15 by Jackie

Let’s just pretend I’ve been here the whole time, and pick up where we left off, shall we? Last time I took a break from writing, it was still summer! Long story short, we vacationed in Mexico, then came to visit my parents in Paris, then my cell phone died and I got my laptop robbed! Everything I didn't last back up, I lost. Oh it feels good to be back! I missed my digital life and I am so genuinely thrilled to be back to blogging and get back to my old habits. I'm skipping like a schoolgirl, especially during this season, giddy for  a crisp autumn. I don't know about you, but I’m smitten with these coming months and all the season's bounty brings.

Anybody with me? I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Fall desserts. And if you have any plans to host a party, you will love this post filled with my favorite ingredients, pecans, pumpkin, figs. Enjoy!

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Soyrizo Mushroom Patties Recipe

Soyrizo Mushroom Patties

06.11.15 by Jackie

I usually experiment with new barbecue sauces this time of the season. They're easy to make, store in the refrigerator and everyone loves them with chicken wings or veggie patties (we have a home full of vegetarians).

It's getting hot in the Bay area, and it's time for us to organize a pool party to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer holidays. Last night, we prepared soyrizo mushroom patties to go with honey barbecue sauce. The mixture of the patties was made of soyrizo, chopped button mushrooms, liquid smoke, bread for texture and kidney beans for added protein.

Unlike many vegetarian dishes, these burgers won't leave you wishing for meat. The texture is interesting and non-uniform, and the flavor is very bold. It's not a meat substitute, but rather a unique dish unto itself. Little Aria and I loved them too!


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Mango Salsa Appetizers Recipe

Mango Salsa Appetizers

06.04.15 by Jackie

Flatbreads are great because you can load them up with whichever ingredients you like. They're also very versatile and can be served as a main course or cut up into bite size appetizers.  

Since I recently purchased a molcajete, the typical, hand-carved Mexican mortar and pestle made from natural volcanic stone, I decided to put a Mexican twist on my flatbread. I gathered diced Ataulfo mangoes, green apples, jalapeños, red onions, Persian cucumbers, lime juice and tomatoes.

The exotic salsa would make a tasty, healthy snack all on its own, but it's even better spooned onto California Lavash flatbread. Yum!

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Turkey Noodle Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Turkey Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

06.02.15 by Jackie

I've been taking care of Tran, my cousin's wife who recently gave birth to a beautiful little girl. After I pick up little Aria from preschool, I drive directly to Tran's home. Last night's dinner was a one-dish meal. I stir-fried egg noodles with sliced carrot, sugar snap peas, baby spinach and ground turkey. 

I love the sizzling sound of stir-fry vegetables and noodles in the wok. There was no need to add liquid to the dish as I cooked the ground turkey first and returned it to the wok with its drippings at the last minute to add extra flavor to the soft noodles.

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