Summer Recipes

Apricot Dessert Cup Recipe Recipe

Apricot Dessert Cup Recipe

08.01.14 by Jackie

Growing your own fruit is such a blessing. Really the only inconvenience is when the birds beat you to the harvest. Our solution this year is our new puppy, Earnest Tofu. In addition to having our friendly family pet who's a wonderful deterrent for birds, squirrels and pests, we're able to pick the fruits when they're not fully ripened from the tree.  For optimum flavor, we speed up the process by placing them in a paper bag with a banana and an apple. Then every day I check their status; it takes patience to get to eat the most delicious fruits!

I was recently able to gather many apricots, so I made my favorite dessert to serve at our dinner social: dessert cups. I used chocolate rum sauce between layers of gingersnap cookies and apricot custard. 

Ernest
Our newest addition to the family (this was taken back in March). Earnest Tofu was named after Oscar Wilde's comedy (one of our family's favorites) and "Tofu" because most of our family members (except for baby Aria and me) are vegetarian!


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A Dozen Delicious Recipes to Enjoy Corn this Summer  Recipe

A Dozen Delicious Recipes to Enjoy Corn this Summer

07.18.14 by Jackie

Our family loves corn. I'm planning a barbecue pool party this weekend and I was browsing through recipes using corn to find inspiration. There are so many way to prepare corn. You could make a charred corn salad, use frozen or canned corn kernels for salsa, make a delicious broth with the cob, grill it whole or even make Vietnamese desserts. We love to nibble on them.

I gathered a dozen corn recipes. Hope this inspires you to create more new dishes and experiment with summer's golden vegetable. 

 


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Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe Recipe

Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe

06.20.14 by Jackie

It's already our third day in Rome and I have to say the weather is really hot. So hot that pesky mosquitoes bit baby Aria and me so much! My husband Lulu says it's because we're so sweet. I like to think it's because of the things we eat and drink. Speaking of sweet drinks, I prepared a large pitcher of strawberry green tea for the family to enjoy after our visit to the Vatican.

The recipe is ultra easy. I steeped green tea leaves and added fresh, flavorful strawberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice. 


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Passion Fruit Parfait Recipe Recipe

Passion Fruit Parfait Recipe

01.24.14 by Jackie

After my cousin Tri, whose wonderful neighbor owns several passion fruit trees, gathered a large basket of the fruit, I couldn't help but imagine the most delicious, exotic and romantic dessert. I figured chocolate was the perfect flavor pairing for this dessert cup, so I created chocolate and passion fruit parfait. Not only is the dessert decadent and delicious, nothing has to go to waste. I used the egg whites that weren't used in the custard and made tuile cookies.

I prepared these fancy desserts for a dinner social we're hosting this week, but I think they would be the perfect way to end a romantic meal. Remember, Valentine's Day isn't very far away!

Passion Fruit Desssert Recipe with Picture


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Lobster Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe Recipe

Lobster Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

09.17.13 by Jackie

This is one of my favorite salads. I pan-seared halved lobsters and garnished them with fennel, lemon and celery orzo salad. To add a luxurious touch to an already luxurious dish, I drizzled the salad with truffle oil. 

To ensure that my husband Lulu was able to share the same meal with me, I prepared the orzo salad separately from the lobster so both of us could enjoy it to our liking; Lulu loved his flavorful vegetarian meal and I absolutely adored the addition of seafood. Feeding a vegetarian has never been this easy!


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