Valentine Recipes

Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate-Frosted Cupcakes

02.13.15 by Jackie

This year, with little Aria attending preschool, the ideas about love have drastically changed and are far from the stuff of romantic comedies. I was talking about it with a girlfriend who has toddlers too. She was telling me that after having a 3-year-old and 4 month old, her husband agreed to get a toaster oven and she would get a vacuum for their Valentine's Day gifts. And now our preparations for Valentine's Day consist of DIY kids' arts and crafts and a lot of baking for Aria's friends. I prepared chocolate-frosted sweet treats this morning.

These are just the right size for little fingers to enjoy, but you can of course make them bigger if they're for your own Valentine's celebration. The chocolate isn't cloyingly sweet, which means you can enjoy more than one!

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Scallops, Smoked Salmon and Citrus Recipe

Scallops, Smoked Salmon and Citrus

01.21.15 by Jackie

We hosted a 4-course meal last week so I wanted to share one of the dishes I prepared. We often entertain  at home and as I get busy in the kitchen, I never have time to take a pretty snapshot between the time of the preparation until the plate is ready to serve our guest. I didn't have time to take a photograph of the starter but since I love seafood, I didn't mind repeating a similar dish for today's recipe. I used pan-seared coquille Saint-Jacques (scallops) and dressed them in a healthy manner as a great way to begin the meal. 

The idea behind the presentation was to find a good balance of color and texture. I made a carpaccio of dill-coated smoked salmon and radish, then also accompanied the scallops with avocado, blood oranges (yay! they're in season), Persian cucumbers, fried wasabi-flavored green peas and a sprinkle of candied walnuts.

I modified the dish I initially served last week by adding Sriracha Guacamole.

Seafood Menu



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For the Chocolate Lovers: Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes Recipe

For the Chocolate Lovers: Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

01.20.15 by Jackie

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I've been brainstorming ideas of how to celebrate it. Little Aria is a chocolate lover and I've been showing her many ways of eating chocolate. I put up some recipe suggestions in case you're planning to cook and bake as well. Naturally you'll want to pick the dishes that your sweetie likes; Aria's favorite is a simple square of quality chocolate and chocolate mousse. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!

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Chocolate Sweets for your Valentines Recipe

Chocolate Sweets for your Valentines

02.12.14 by Jackie

In my opinion, your Valentine's essentials consist of anything with chocolate. Here's a selection of my favorite cupcakes, cookies and other romantic desserts for your sweetie. 

A DIY gift will not only please your Valentine but I think it will come from the heart and show your appreciation for him/her. Plus, you can enjoy the results of your labor as well, feeding each other! Hope this helps you prepare the most magical, memorable Valentine's Day!

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Braided Tapenade Bread Recipe Recipe

Braided Tapenade Bread Recipe

05.13.13 by Jackie

Braiding is a fancy way to present stuffed bread. To get this recipe started, I prepared the dough and let it rest for a few hours. Once it's ready to roll, the sides of the resulting long rectangle are cut into long strands, filled with tapenade (or your favorite filling) then the bread is tied into a two-strand braid. 

I used homemade tapenade made with kalamata olives, mustard and capers. I love the way the deep-purple color contrasts with the bread. The bread would also work well with hummus, guacamole, salsa or roasted bell pepper spread.

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