Parmesan and Hearts of Palm Crostini Recipe

Parmesan and Hearts of Palm Crostini

10.02.12 by Jackie

 

These hearts of palm appetizers are a recipe for success. Roasted red bell peppers meld with the sweet and mellow warmth of roasted heads of garlic in this hot dip that is used as the topping for these vegetarian appetizers. The main ingredients are baby spinach, hearts of palm and invigorating Serrano peppers.

Spread the dip on grilled bread, sprinkle with a little cheese and pass through the broiler for a few minutes; you'll have the most amazing crostini ever!

 


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Roasted Brussels Sprout Tart Recipe Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprout Tart Recipe

10.01.12 by Jackie

The preparation of this roasted Brussels sprouts tart may seem a little tedious, but with a little organization, you'll be able to do it in a breeze. In the morning, I roasted the Brussels sprouts along with red onions and bell peppers. I blended them into a thick paste with fromage blanc and Asiago cheese. An hour before dinner, I pre-cooked the tart shells. When it was finally dinner time, I placed the filling and topped that tartlets with whole roasted Brussels sprouts I previously warmed up. 

If you serve a large vegetarian crowd, a simple salad filled with nuts (for added protein) will suffice to complete the meal. Otherwise, you could also accompany the savory tarts with chicken in creamy mustard sauce (that was the alternative choice for dinner). Bon appétit!


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Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies Recipe

Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

09.28.12 by Jackie

If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, you're going to love these cookies I just created. Sunny, my husband's oldest sister (she's 16 now), promised her girlfriends she would bring some sweet treats to share with them at school, so I helped her out by making these decadent French-inspired cookies. 

Nutella serves as the base of the cookies, to which I added a layer of homemade hazelnut cream (frangipane-style) and a smattering of mini-chocolate chips. 

The cookies come out of the oven chewy, soft and sweet. And of course, irresistible! 

Our friends over at Nuts About Granola are featuring my Hawaiian-inspired granola bars on the new packaging of their Granola Basics and at the same time are giving away 3 copies of my upcoming book, Haute Potato, to their readers. Leave a comment at the bottom of Nuts About Granola Blog post and you might be one of the lucky winners!


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Butternut Squash Pocket Sandwich Recipe Recipe

Butternut Squash Pocket Sandwich Recipe

09.27.12 by Jackie

My husband's youngest sister, who just started third grade, recently told me she didn't like "Wednesday Pizza" at school and asked me to give her a boxed lunch instead. I had leftover roasted butternut squash, so in the morning, I quickly improvised a flavorful hot pocket sandwich with 2 of my little munchkin's other favorite ingredients: salami and brie cheese. 

I assembled the pocket in a sandwich grill we have. I love this sandwich maker because it browns the bread and seals the sandwich perfectly. After they were done cooking, I wrapped the sandwiches in wax paper and packed them in her Disney Princess school lunch bag. The sandwiches cooled down to room temperature by lunch time, but they were still crunchy and delicious. If you were to make these as a box lunch for work, you could put them in the toaster to re-heat before eating. No microwave though!  


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Shredded Carrot and Walnut Salad Recipe Recipe

Shredded Carrot and Walnut Salad Recipe

09.26.12 by Jackie

Delicious food doesn't have to be complicated. Today I made carottes rapées, which is a staple in French cuisine and requires almost no complicated preparation. This version isn't completely authentic because of a few enhancements I made. Specifically, once the carrots were "rapées" (shredded), I added freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, a few capers, fresh dill and sesame caramelized walnuts. 

There's a saying in French: "Mange des carottes, ça rend aimable!", which translates to "eat carrots, they will make you become more kind". The saying owes its origin to the donkey, which has a reputation for being very stubborn. Carrots were used as, well, a carrot, to make the donkey move faster. So if you’re kids or your significant other are giving you a hard time, try feeding them carrots. It works for me! 

 


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