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Healthy Green Juice Recipe Recipe

Healthy Green Juice Recipe

08.20.14 by Jackie

My friend Carole and her husband have been so keen on making juices, she often gives me suggestions on how to create new drinks with my powerful blender. Today's healthy juice is a blend of pure, freshly pressed apple juice, fresh cucumbers, baby kale, spinach leaves, lime juice, chia seeds and a lot of ice cubes. 

The chia seeds add a beautiful consistency to the juice, which can otherwise seem a little flat. They are loaded with health benefits, so if you want to start the day on a wonderful note, take a few minutes to prepare this "superfood" drink and remember to consider adding more greens to your daily life. 


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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 PhamFatale.com 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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Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe Recipe

Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe

07.14.14 by Jackie

I've tried shedding a few pounds since our return from Florence, Rome and Paris. Almost every year, the girls join me during the summer in my workout and diet routine. Mimi, Lulu's 14-year-old little sister, surprised me this morning and prepared the fruitiest, packed-with-energy smoothie. She didn't use any additional sweeteners, except for the natural sweetness from bananas, blueberries and golden kiwis

Mimi used our powerful Vitamix blender. For a smoother flow, she also added almond milk. When I first met her, Mimi used to have awful allergies with almonds, but since her teenage years, she has overcome this specific allergy. Unfortunately, we've discovered new ones, especially during our trip to Florence. She's allergic to truffle mushrooms now; go figure!


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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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Italian Tomato Bruschetta Recipe Recipe

Italian Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

06.19.14 by Jackie

During our trip to Florence, we were able to cook a few meals at home, sampling local ingredients. We lived right in the heart of Firenze and while preparing dinner, I sent my husband Lulu out to find a rustic bread. He ended up in a "panificio" (bread bakery) and asked the baker for his most popular bread. Lulu came home with a giant loaf of Tuscan-style bread, which I sliced into thick, crusty pieces and prepared bruschetta.

Bruschetta basically consists of grilled bread rubbed with fresh garlic and topped with tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. I upped the flavors with roasted garlic and loads of fresh basil. 


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