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Back To School Lunch Menu Ideas Recipe

Back To School Lunch Menu Ideas

08.28.14 by Jackie

 We call our daughter baby Aria but she's already a "big girl". It's hard to believe she's starting preschool today. It's something my husband Lulu and I have been discussing for a while. We were unsure whether we wait another year for her to go to school and start socializing with children her age on a daily basis. So we finally made the move and Aria is ready and seems excited about school. 

I've been proactive about getting her mutiple classes such as gymnastics, toddler reading club and swimming lessons, but I've always been there by her side. And even though I'm looking forward to sending our child off to preschool for the first time, Aria is my first baby and I know this transition is going to make me very emotional. I promised myself that I'd contain my tears; we'll see how it goes.

So without further ado, here's a list of back-to-school items that I hope will inspire you to create a wide variety of meals for your little ones. 


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Strawberry Almond Summer Salad Recipe Recipe

Strawberry Almond Summer Salad Recipe

07.10.14 by Jackie

We're back to our routine. Lulu has been focused on his work and I'm in charge of providing delicious meals for him. Last night we hosted another dinner party. To save time, I put together a healthy yet delicious strawberry and almond salad for the first course, to the delight of our guests.

Almonds are rich in protein and gave extra crunch to the salad. Strawberries provided color and natural sweetness. I wished I had found the same out-of-this-world mara des bois strawberries I had last week in Paris but thankfully the ones from our garden fit the bill wonderfully. 

Throwing a dinner party doesn't have to be time-consuming. I usually try to make one elaborate dish and a quick and easy dish so I'm not too exhausted when it's time to greet our guests! 

If you browse through the website, you can find many party-planning tips and recipes , especially a number of elegant appetizers.


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4th of July Party Food Suggestions Recipe

4th of July Party Food Suggestions

07.03.14 by Jackie
Being a US citizen for a few years now, I always make sure we have a special celebration on July 4th! Not only am I proud to be an American, but the 4th of July is also a perfect opportunity to gather our loved ones and prepare a barbecue feast. Now that we're finally back from our European trip, I've put together a list of our  favorite recipes for a get-together - read on to find out what my favorites are. I might need a few days to catch up with the jet lag and will be back with new videos and recipes next week.

In the meantime, if you live in the Bay Area, I'm so excited to meet you at Barnes and Noble this Saturday. Be sure to stop by Barnes and Noble Blossom Hill, 5353 Almaden Expressway, Building B in San Jose, California. I'll be doing a cooking demo, followed by a book signing, on July 5th at noon.


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Bresaola and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches Recipe

Bresaola and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches

06.26.14 by Jackie

These charming finger sandwiches were probably the only thing I could have prepared in the tiny kitchen of the Roman apartment we rented while in the capital city of Italy last week. But it didn't stop me for preparing yummy sandwiches for Aria and me, using local products such as ricotta pannarella and black Angus bresaola meat.

Bresaola is salted lean and succulent beef that is air-dried until the meat turns dark red. It originated from the Lombardy region in Northern Italy. And I first discovered out-of-this-world ricotta pannarella while ordering a cheese platter in a restaurant in Rome. We asked the waiter to give us his best selection and I have to admit it sure was!  Now I'm just hoping I'll be able to find some back in the US!

I prepared the finger sandwiches with crust-free, sliced white bread, a mixture of caramelized fennel and ricotta, sliced cucumbers and of course, freshly-made mozzarella cheese and delicious bresaola meat. 


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Tuna Melt Recipe Recipe

Tuna Melt Recipe

01.22.13 by Jackie

Yesterday was a day filled with special events. As you may know, it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day and I made sure the entire festivities were recorded on my DVR. But if you’re involved in the specialty food business, yesterday was important for another reason. It was the second day of the Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

It's the second year in a row I’ve attended this event, and I've had so much fun discovering what the latest food trends are. I can't wait to share with you what I've learned! I also met the manufacturers of some of my favorite products, such as California Lavash. They are a bread company that just went through a beautiful design makeover in which I participated.

It was great to see Lilea and the California Lavash team at booth #503 (you can still see them today), and I was so proud of how the backdrop turned out. I food-styled all the dishes and the photos were my contribution to the new look of this delicious product.

It seemed only fitting to share one of the delicious sandwiches featured at the California Lavash booth. I selected the tuna melt, which is perfect choice for the season. A combination of tuna, artichoke, olives and cheese is the filling of the delicious warm sandwich. Give this a try with California Lavash Sangak bread and you won't be disappointed! Sangak bread is a sesame-studded Persian bread that is part of their new flatbread product line. You'll be able to see the new packaging design in stores in a few months.

California Lavash Picture


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