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Oyster Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe Recipe

Oyster Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe

01.29.15 by Jackie

Israeli couscous, also known as Middle Eastern couscous or pearl couscous, is a great alternative to potatoes, rice or pasta. I served the less-common starch with oysters and marinated artichokes as a starter during a recent dinner party. 

I served the Israeli couscous salad with wild cherry-flavored red pepper and walnut sauce, which complements the dish wonderfully and provides a pleasant color contrast. 

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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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Tri-Color Green Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

Tri-Color Green Bean Salad Recipe

09.08.14 by Jackie

At this time of the year I think I've reached the last crop of green beans to harvest from our garden. I simply steamed them and served them the healthy way. In addition to regular green beans, I bought fresh purple beans and wax beans to complete the dish. 

I seasoned the steamed bean salad with a sauce that I concocted using green beans, sweet basil, almond powder and fruity olive oil. As a reminder of the sauce flavor, I garnished the salad with lightly toasted sliced almonds. 

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Fried Egpplant with Balsamic Coffee Reduction Recipe

Fried Egpplant with Balsamic Coffee Reduction

08.18.14 by Jackie

This recipe is heavily inspired by an antipasto we had during our family trip to Italy last month. I didn't think "melanzane all'aceto balsamico", or eggplants with balsamic vinegar, would give me much of a thrill. But I was blown away by the flavor of this simple preparation with minimal ingredients. I decided that when I got back home, I’d prepare a similar starter dish.

First I pan-fried tender eggplant slices, then coated them in a balsamic reduction flavored with garlic, fresh oregano and dark, bold coffee. To provide a great contrast of color and texture, I topped the very nice and tasty eggplants with crumbled goat cheese, sweet basil and chocolate-covered coffee beans as a reminder of the flavor of the reduction.

It's the first time since the launch of that I've been away for so long. I've been swamped with work and my personal life is so chaotic these days, I didn't have a minute last week to be in front of the computer. I want to announce that I just completed my first, professionally filmed episode of a new cooking series. We worked day and night and finally wrapped the 20-ish-minute episode after taping on the last day for more than 15 consecutive hours, until dawn. It was challenging but it really gave me an insight into what really happens behind the scenes. A lot of mishaps happened on the first days (broken glass, crickets, yellow jackets and wildlife were part of the fun), but overall it was such a positive experience.

Thanks to the amazing filming crew, I had a lot of fun in a very friendly atmosphere. To show my appreciation, I concocted and packed a full meal for each member so I could be forgiven by their spouses after taking them away for such long hours. Thank you so much Polar Production Team for your professionalism, hard work, dedication and most  of all for believing in me. You guys rock! 

Cooking Series
Behind-the-scenes at the first episode of my new cooking series.

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Chicken Kale Salad with Papaya Recipe

Chicken Kale Salad with Papaya

08.06.14 by Jackie

My initial plan was to make a sweet and salty, spicy and bitter Vietnamese-style salad using green papaya and the chicken leftovers from yesterday. It turns out I didn't pay attention at the market and bought a very ripe papaya, so I opted for a completely different dish with kale and pesto walnut vinaigrette. 

It wasn't what I envisioned from the beginning but I ended up with the flavors I wanted for this salad: sweet and salty and spicy and bitter. I'll probably do it again. This is one result of many experiments that turned out successfully!

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