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Quinoa Salad Stuffed Artichoke Recipe Recipe

Quinoa Salad Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

07.07.14 by Jackie

Our family's just back from our wonderful trip to Europe. Our last stop was in Paris and I have to stay I might have overindulged on delicious pastries from my favorite boulangerie, Moulin de la Vierge.  Their croissants are to die for. As a result, now that I'm home I'm preparing light, healthy meals.

For this recipe, I stuffed tomato and corn quinoa salad into jumbo artichokes and served them during our quiet July 4th weekend. 

I want to thank the people who stopped by during my booksigning event at Barnes & Noble Blossom Hill. I'm going to be repeating the fun next Saturday at Barnes & Noble Eastridge, so if you live in the Bay Area, please mark your calendar!


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Creme de Betterave (Cold Beet Soup Recipe) Recipe

Creme de Betterave (Cold Beet Soup Recipe)

08.10.12 by Jackie

We just picked our last large batch of beets from the garden. I steamed the candy striped beets, red beets and golden beets and blended them with a mixture of bean and rice porridge (I used mung beans). I've started introducing new foods to my 9-month old baby Aria, and the natural sweetness from the beets works well for infants.

It's pretty nutritious and filling for adults too, so I served the same dish for the family dinner but with a twist. I added pistachio paste for extra flavor and coarsely crushed pistachios for crunch. And for the dinner presentation, I topped the thick soup with goat cheese-infused cream. Who said "baby" food can't be delicious?


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Beet Cream with Goat Cheese Recipe

Beet Cream with Goat Cheese

04.12.11 by Jackie

I’ve used the combination of beets and goat cheese several times, and I think that it works incredibly well. The color is so vibrant it only makes sense to use it as an appetizer. To brighten up the purée, I added marinated artichoke as a garnish and covered it in crumbled goat cheese as a hint of what’s inside. Just serve it in small shot glasses along with some tasty black sesame crackers, and you’ll have an easy appetizer that still brings the wow factor.

It also goes great alongside the hummus that I published yesterday, so mix and match and have fun!


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How to Make Hummus Recipe

How to Make Hummus

04.11.11 by Jackie

Hummus is very easy to make, plus it can be prepared in advance. All you need are garbanzo beans, oil, lemon and a few other ingredients. I made a batch today, and after whipping it together, I served the hummus in tiny cups and garnished it with roasted bell peppers and lemon crackers.

If -like us- you host a lot of dinner parties, you might feel a little pressed for fresh appetizer ideas. My criteria for the perfect appetizer, besides being incredibly delicious, is that it doesn’t take an insane amount of time to prepare. I love to cook, but it’s (usually) more fun to spend time with your guests! All you need is a simple recipe, the right ingredients and attractive, small containers to show them off.


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Tomato Risotto Recipe Recipe

Tomato Risotto Recipe

12.21.10 by Jackie

This version of tomato risotto has a decidedly Indian sensibility. I flavored the rice with tomato chutney as I recently did with an Indian-inspired asparagus pie. The flavors from the chutney are so bold that no other spices and very little salt are needed. I just added chopped sun-dried tomatoes as garnish.

Making risotto takes a little bit of practice to begin with, but once you've worked on your fundamentals, you can start to use the basic recipe and create dozens of different variations. I've stuffed artichokes with risotto, paired pistachio pesto with celery risotto, stuffed it in zucchini flowers, made a roasted beet and ricotta cheese version, and also a rather unconventional risotto with bamboo; the list of adaptations is truly endless.


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