Meat Recipes

Bison Pita Burger Recipe Recipe

Bison Pita Burger Recipe

07.16.14 by Jackie

When my friend Alexia and her husband Olivier came to visit us from Paris, I was determined to show them the wide range of food available in beautiful, sunny California. First I took them to Costco; the size of the carts and the large portions of American products such as flour, eggs, sugar or the 1-gallon milk bottles were almost comical to them. 

We came across the meat section and Olivier said he had never tried bison meat. So today, preparing bison burgers made me a bit nostalgic for their visit last month. 

I made pita burgers and added a French twist by flavoring the ground meat with fresh sage and thyme. I also melted thin slices of Gruyère cheese on top of the burgers and finished the seasoning with fleur de sel Alexia had graciously given us. It was absolutely merveilleux, splendide! Miss you, guys!

 


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Lavender Grilled Chicken Recipe Recipe

Lavender Grilled Chicken Recipe

06.03.14 by Jackie

We recently threw a barbecue dinner, and as I mentioned in last week's video, we grow all sorts of lavender. I made a marinade for chicken legs with lavender honey, lemon juice, herbes de Provence, dry sherry, garlic and soy sauce and used half of it for the glaze. 

The glaze was thickened with tapioca starch; I used it as soon as the grill marks were visible on the chicken. I reinforced the lavender flavor with soaked sprigs of lavender. If you don't have fresh lavender, fresh rosemary would work fine too.


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Turkey Meatball Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Turkey Meatball Appetizer Recipe

05.28.14 by Jackie

My childhood friend Alexia and her husband Olivier are visiting this week. I've been cooking with whatever is available in our vegetable garden. Olivier harvested lots of ripe radishes and we gathered the "fanes de radish" (the leaves) and made an almond pesto.

I served turkey meatball appetizers sandwiched between the pesto (that acted like a glue) and slices of radish. I garnished the appetizers with sliced almonds as a reminder of the flavor of the pesto.

My French guests are loving California cuisine!


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Oxtail Stew Recipe Recipe

Oxtail Stew Recipe

05.27.14 by Jackie

My childhood friend Alexia is visiting from Paris. She and her husband Olivier are here in the Bay Area on their honeymoon. They're spending the day in San Francisco and I offered to keep an eye on their daughter Alice. Baby Aria and Alice are the same age and they get along as well as their mothers do. I wanted to make sure they both have a rich, nutritious meal that is at easy for them to chew and enjoy at the same time. An oxtail stew seemed to fit the bill.

First, I braised the oxtails in good quality drinking wine (the alcohol will cook off), cooked them with lima beans and thickened the gravy with whole wheat flour. I didn't serve the oxtails with the bone-in to be safe. The meat can easily be removed from the bones. And I paired them with green peas and purple pomme puree (mashed potatoes).

Taking care of 2 toddlers is a lot easier than I anticipated. Both are foodies and enjoyed finishing their meal with airy chocolate mousse. Alice and Aria were satisfied and full. I'm very happy and am hoping Alexia and Olivier are having a blast in the city!


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