Holiday Recipes

Peppermint Bark Pecan Pie Recipe Recipe

Peppermint Bark Pecan Pie Recipe

12.25.14 by Jackie

Last night, we served pecan pie at the end of our Christmas Eve dinner, but it wasn't your usual pecan pie. This one had peppermint bark nested at the bottom of the crust. The idea was to combine all the elements of a holiday assortment in one dessert. 

To do so, I melted dark chocolate and added crushed peppermint candy canes, then smeared the pie crust with a thin layer of the peppermint bark. To complete the dessert, we offered eggnog to those who wanted a drink and peppermint ice cream to the others. 


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Pecan Squares Recipe Recipe

Pecan Squares Recipe

12.02.14 by Jackie

Maple syrup is a staple breakfast item in our pantry. We usually use it as is to drizzle over pancakes and waffles, but since we had extra pecans for Thanksgiving, the girls and I prepared pecan squares flavored with our favorite syrup.

The topping is made of a mixture of maple syrup, of course, orange zest, brown sugar and loads of pecans. I usually bake these squares during the Christmas season.  

Pecan Bars Recipe with Picture

 


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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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Marble Cake Recipe (Marbre au Chocolat) Recipe

Marble Cake Recipe (Marbre au Chocolat)

05.16.14 by Jackie

If you were born in the 80s and lived in France, you probably know of the marble cake called Le Savane de Papy Brossard. Ça a bercé mon enfance, which I'd translate to "it sweetened my childhood". This coffee cake is a marbré cake. The beauty of this cake is its appealing look once sliced with its gorgeously marbled, streaked appearance made of vanilla and chocolate.

A generous amount of quality butter and a little milk made the cake moist and fluffy while milk chocolate provided the contrast in color needed for this sweet treat. I think the result was very close to the one I had when I was a child. My hope is that baby Aria will keep the same fond memories of this chocolate marble cake once she grows up!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0jUuEgNMrw

 


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Cookie Butter Blondie Bars Recipe

Cookie Butter Blondie Bars

02.24.14 by Jackie

This is my upscale version of a PB&J sandwich. Instead of using good ol' peanut butter, I used speculoos spread (fancy word for gingerbread cookie butter) and I skipped the bread and prepared blondies mixed with honey-roasted peanuts. As for the jelly part, I used a combination of crushed fresh blackberries and fig spread I prepared last Fall from the figs in our garden. 

Every weekend, I try to get the girls involved in the kitchen by preparing a large brunch together. It's a great way for our family to catch up with each other's busy lives. In my opinion, food is a great tool for bonding and sharing memories.

As expected, these cookie butter bars were a (fig and blackberry-flavored) smashing success (no pun intended) for both kids and grownups!

 


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