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Banana French Toast Cupcake Recipe Recipe

Banana French Toast Cupcake Recipe

07.25.14 by Jackie

Pain perdu (French toast) is my way to save day-old bread but today I added a twist to my plain recipe. I turned it into pain perdu cupcakes and flavored them with bananas and figs. To give them a unique flavoring, I used fennel seeds, which pair incredibly well with the ripe fruits. 

I'm preparing for an upcoming food project these days (I'll tell you more about it soon) that requires focusing on bread, so we end up with loads of untouched baguettes. Given my aversion to waste, this dessert hits the spot. Pain perdu literally translates to "lost bread” and I can assure you that none of it was lost!

 

 

 


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10 Delicious Ways to Use Ripe Peaches Recipe

10 Delicious Ways to Use Ripe Peaches

07.09.14 by Jackie

When we came home from our European trip, we were so ecstatic to find our bountiful garden. I first started with our peach tree and naively started with a small wicker basket. I ended up with a giant wheelbarrow filled with overripe, squishy fruits.

I had a dilemma: how were we going to finish them all without wasting any! If you're Vietnamese, you probably heard your mom telling you when you were a child not to waste food because it's "tội chết" (dreadfully sinful). So here are 10 tasty ways to use ripe peaches. My challenge is to use them up as fast as possible by the end of the week!

Savory Peach Dish Recipe with Picture

 


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Stuffed Dates with Duck Prosciutto Recipe

Stuffed Dates with Duck Prosciutto

07.02.14 by Jackie

Mascarpone stuffed dates couldn't be a simpler appetizer to assemble. I used Deglet Noor dates, which are firm and not overly-sweet. FIrst, I pitted them and stuffed them with a coffee and rosemary-flavored mascarpone cream. This could surprise, but coffee pairs incredibly well with meat and with the addition of earthy rosemary, the duck prosciutto didn't feel lonely. These appetizers made a great snack; baby Aria and I enjoyed them a lot!

Please save the date for my upcoming book signing appearances. The next ones are taking place at Barnes and Noble. If you're in the Bay Area, 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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S'more-Inspired Dessert Recipe Recipe

S'more-Inspired Dessert Recipe

05.30.14 by Jackie

I'm not sure  who  invented the s'more dessert or when. What I do know is it's an abbreviation for "some more". 

It's our family's tradition to light a camp fire right after using our barbecue. Since my childhood friend Alexia and her family are visiting from Paris, I wanted to give them the very American experience of molten marshmallows tucked with a piece of chocolate in between graham crackers. 

We had leftover marshmallows, so I made a variation, an "indoor" s'more, combining a vanilla cake, marshmallow, peanut butter, raspberry liqueur, chocolate and a few dried fruits. My guests did, indeed, ask for some more!

 


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Deconstructed Cherry Pistachio Trifle Recipe Recipe

Deconstructed Cherry Pistachio Trifle Recipe

05.23.14 by Jackie

This is my artsy interpretation of a deconstructed trifle. We had lovely guests flying in from Atlanta and I wanted to finish our meal with a wow factor. I displayed a wide array of colors using pistachios and cherries (the first ones harvested from our garden). 

The cake portion of the dessert is an almond croquant. The thick custard was made with vanilla beans, sherry, mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. I also wanted to contrast the warmth from the croquant with Indian pistachio ice cream. The dessert was the perfect balance of flavor, texture and heat.


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