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Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce Recipe

Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

03.28.15 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been reminding me incessantly about picking the Meyer lemons from our trees. I made a mental note but found my mind wandering and ignored his many warnings. And what he expected would happen eventually happened. The heavy weight from the lemons has completely broken and split in half our beautiful tree. It took a lot of time to heal the wound by trimming and smoothing the damaged wood to avoid and seal out excess moisture. I had to remove the tree bark by cutting a diamond shape around the wound to help it to stay dry and prevent any decay or disease. I spent so much time on the tree and had to make so many trips to the hardware store, I wish I had picked the lemons sooner!

Seeing the severely damaged limb broke my heart, and I was also left with tons of Meyer lemons. I finally prepared many jars of lemon curd and turned a few into mousse. The result was these beautiful lemon parfait cups. I jazzed them up with blueberry chocolate Amaretto sauce. In the end, I'm glad I undertook this epic challenge; it was a great opportunity to turn it into something positive.

 


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10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes Recipe

10 Healthy Vegetarian Snack Recipes

03.16.15 by Jackie

To fit my Meatless Monday tradition, here's a list of healthy snacks I've been cooking lately. My moto to get back into shape is to cook with fresh ingredients, legumes and grains and create toothsome, tasty  bites packed in protein.

Mushrooms are perfect for a "meaty" texture and nuts and legumes will help fill you up (and keep you satisfied that way throughout the day). Enjoy!


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New York Steak with Maple and Riesling Wine Recipe

New York Steak with Maple and Riesling Wine

03.12.15 by Jackie

When you have a cut of meat that has character such a New York Strip steaks, the preparation is kept to a minimum. Last night, I seasoned the steaks with salt and pepper and seared them to have crisp, crunchy edges. I then transferred them to the oven to bring them to perfect, medium-rare, beautifully juicy meat. Once out of the oven, I improvised a sauce.

The idea behind the sauce was to balance out the saltiness of the dish with sweet notes. To do so, I used Vermont maple syrup Sunny's college roommate gave us (she's from the East Coast) and paired it with sweet Riesling.

 


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12 Healthy Cabbage Recipes Recipe

12 Healthy Cabbage Recipes

03.04.15 by Jackie

Cabbage is good for you so why not eat it up! It's also inexpensive, packed with flavor and easy to prepare. Whether it's slow baked, sautéed, roasted, stuffed or shredded, I'm sure you'll find some inspiration in the list of these 12 trusted cabbage recipes I've gathered for you. 

I just bought a head of Chinese cabbage and a red one and I'm ready to get fit and pretty for our next summer vacation. I have 12 weeks until our family getaway to Cancun, Mexico (we spent our 5th wedding anniversary there). Controlling your diet can be fun too; it doesn't have to mean food should taste bland or be without great texture. Now I'm excited to create more nutritious dishes with the humble cabbage!

 


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Cooking with Mushrooms Recipe

Cooking with Mushrooms

03.02.15 by Jackie

With a home full of vegetarians, I always challenge myself to develop new meals that fit our family's diet. Mushrooms are a great flavor and texture substitute for meat. If, like me and little Aria, you're not a vegetarian, cooking with mushrooms will help you creaete new vegetarian dishes that are as satisfying as meat.  

Morels, chanterelles (girolles in French), beech, maitake, Hegehogs, porcini, wood ear (also known as black fungus mushrooms or nấm mèo in Vietnamese), brown crimini , shiitake and Portobello mushrooms are all varieties  I've used often in the kitchen. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sort of mimics what we get from meat. Happy cooking!


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