Cabbage Gratin Recipe Recipe

Cabbage Gratin Recipe

03.06.13 by Jackie

The weather has been so cold and windy in the Bay Area that this gratin dish received a warm welcome from the family at dinnertime. Little cottage cheese filled cabbage dumplings are cooked in a hearty mache sauce, then finished with a bit of cheese. Cabbage gratin, or "gratin de chou" in French, has comfort food written all over it.  

I tried to make this gratin as healthy as possible. This casserole dish is packed with greens and is high in protein, since 14 ounces of cottage cheese has at least 50 grams of protein (compared to a 6-ounce steak with 42 grams). Not that you should consider eating the whole thing by yourself! 


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Bo Hanh Huong Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Rolls) Recipe

Bo Hanh Huong Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Rolls)

03.05.13 by Jackie

Vietnamese beef rolls, called bò hành hương, are typically considered a festive dish. We had a lot of guests over last week and I decided to serve this Vietnamese beef specialty as the main course for my buffet party menu. The name translates to "onion scented beef", and that is an apt description. The authentic version would use green onions, but I didn't have any, so I substituted thin wedges of regular onions for the filling. It didn't alter the main flavor of the dish.

And since people eat with their eyes first, I made sure the presentation of the rolls was inviting. I served them on a bed of lettuce with slices of citrus from our garden.


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Cauliflower Tofu Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Cauliflower Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

03.04.13 by Jackie

Our favorite tofu company, Vinh Khang Tofu, has just opened a new location in San Jose, close to King road in Sunset plaza. We visited the shop and stocked up on loads of freshly pressed tofu for the week.

I used some of it to make this crispy yet still fluffy tofu with cauliflower. I've prepared tofu so many times over the years that I bet I could prepare a tofu stir fry dish with my eyes closed. I must admit though, that I've never tried it with cauliflower, and I have to say that I really like how it turned out. The cauliflower softened nicely and provided a nice contrast to the crispiness of the tofu. Definitely worth a try!


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Sandwich Cookie Recipe Recipe

Sandwich Cookie Recipe

03.01.13 by Jackie

Yesterday, we had 12 guests over for dinner. I prepared the entire meal but wasn't planning to make a dessert, except for a large platter of fresh fruit. When everyone had finished their plate, my father-in-law, Daddy, said: "now let's head to the other room and have the desserts Jackie made!" I tried to whisper to him that there were none, but it was too late.

So I ran into the kitchen and whipped up with these sandwich cookies. I only needed 12 minutes to bake them and used fresh strawberries I luckily had in the refrigerator for the filling. Everyone was still enjoying their coffee and tea when my dessert was ready to be served. I could have waited a bit more for the cookies to cool and get firm but I think they were still enjoyable. Mission accomplished!


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Bo Bun Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl) Recipe

Bo Bun Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl)

02.28.13 by Jackie

I have to admit that since my husband Lulu is a vegetarian, I eat way less meat than I used to. So when I have a chance to share a meal with a fellow meat eater, I make the most of it. Bò bún is one of my favorite meat dishes, and I often find myself making it when there's company. It's a one-dish meal composed of hot beef served with cold salad and noodles.

It's the perfect quick and easy meal that can be prepped in advance. Now if I could only get Lulu to eat it with me...


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