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Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall Recipe

Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall

10.16.14 by Jackie

Several times a week, I take little Aria to "Toddler Story Time" classes, which she enjoys tremendously. The theme these days is about the fall season. Miss Rose, the teacher, explained that leaves begin to change color and Aria seemed mesmerized by all the changes this season suggests.

When we went home, she made a drawing with trees and leaves. While she was busy, I made a pumpkin smoothie for a tasty seasonal treat. Then I told her we'd start cooking more fall-flavored dishes to satisfy her daddy's seasonal holiday cravings. For now, I'm sharing with you delicious drinks to enjoy this pre-holiday time. 


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My 15 Best Pumpkin Recipes Recipe

My 15 Best Pumpkin Recipes

10.07.14 by Jackie

I haven't never taken baby Aria to a pumpkin patch yet. I'm planning on taking her soon. I'm sure she will enjoy the scent of fresh straw and the endless plot of pumpkins. I wonder what type of pumpkin she will select. We'll probably pick many so we can turn them into delicious fresh pies, pancakes and sweet bread for the upcoming holidays. In the meantime, I've gathered a list of savory dishes flavored with the deep-orange squash plant. I hope you will find plenty of inspiration in this post. 


I hope Aria has a lot of fun. I heard our local pumpkin patch has an inflatable bounce house and slide; that alone will probably amaze her. Even though the weather seems very warm these days in the Bay Area, summer is gone and fall is definitely in the air. 

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Zucchini and Pea Soup Recipe Recipe

Zucchini and Pea Soup Recipe

05.08.14 by Jackie

The weather isn't as warm these days compared to last week. I prepared a hearty soup made exclusively of vegetables I was able to harvest from our garden, except for the canned pinto beans.

Harvesting ingredients planted by the girls, Lulu and even baby Aria made me proud. They appreciate that we get to grow organic fruits and vegetables. So far we have been able to eat strawberries, Creole onions, green onions, zucchini, peas and the first tomatoes that have started peaking. Can't wait to see what the rest of the season will have for us!


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Cannellini Bean Soup with Arugula Recipe

Cannellini Bean Soup with Arugula

03.11.14 by Jackie

Cannellini bean soup is an easy dish I can whip up in no time. It's also a meal I can be sure everyone is going to enjoy. It's vegetarian, it contains no major food allergens and even baby Aria can eat it easily.

I try to always have fresh greens in my refrigerator. I usually toss them in a simple salad, I also make pesto or use them as garnish for appetizers, pizza and sandwiches. The addition of arugula at the last minute provides color and a peppery flavor to the otherwise fairly bland, pale soup. To ensure the nutrients of the arugula were still intact, I added finely chopped arugula only at the last minute, so it barely wilted in the soup.


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Pea Soup Topped with Pasta Chips Recipe

Pea Soup Topped with Pasta Chips

12.17.13 by Jackie

I may sound like a broken record, but I try not to waste food. In Vietnamese, it is tội chết: "dreadfully sinful" to waste. Yesterday, I had a little bit of leftover boiled bow-tie pasta. The quantity was too little to serve as a main dish, so I seasoned them, deep-fried them and served them as chips.

To ensure everyone enjoyed the small amount of chips in equal portions, I used them as crunchy toppings for pea and leek soup. You could serve them as appetizers for a buffet-style party (maybe next week for Christmas Eve) in mini shot glasses. A sprinkle of curly parsley is more than enough to provide an elegant final touch. 

Waste not, want not! 


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