Creamy Cheese Grits with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

Creamy Cheese Grits with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

05.06.14 by Jackie

When I was growing up, grits weren't popular in France. I tasted grits for the first time in Tennessee while staying with an American host family during my teenage years. I had it plain with butter. For this version that I prepared for baby Aria (who's not quite a a baby anymore; she's starting pre-school this August!), I flavored the grits with sun-dried tomatoes and Gouda cheese.

Needless to say, she loved it. It's got a very pleasing texture for kids, and being the foodie-in-training that she is, she enjoyed the tomatoes and cheese. I'll be making more versions of this for her to try in the near future!


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Gigante Bean and Kale Salad Recipe Recipe

Gigante Bean and Kale Salad Recipe

05.05.14 by Jackie

Unlike many items on fast food menus, this kale salad should cause no alarm if super-sized. Kale leaves are massaged and marinated in a delectable white bean vinaigrette. The beans used were very creamy inside, so I mashed a small portion to thicken the texture of the dressing.

These Greek white beans are unusually large (compared to the standard beans) and are aptly called "gigante" beans. They have a toothsome bite, which helped balance the texture of the salad. I also added sun-dried tomatoes for a pop of color. Serve this complete, nutritious salad with garlic toast and you'll have a light, healthy, yet tasty meal. 


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Ganache-Topped Banana Blondie Recipe Recipe

Ganache-Topped Banana Blondie Recipe

05.02.14 by Jackie

Blondies and brownies are a staple in our home. Last week, we prepared fudgy blondies and covered them in milk chocolate ganache. The recipe has never steered us wrong. Bananas provide the texture of the blondie cakes and it contrasts so well against the peanut-chocolate topping called ganache. Despite its French name, ganache isn't complicated: simply melt chocolate in boiling heavy cream and add a pinch of salt. This version was prepared with a large chocolate-to-cream ratio to create a dense, thick texture with a consistency close to a chocolate truffle. Voilà!   

This is ideal for any brunch, picnic or family get-together. You can prepare the blondies at the last minute and you’ll have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones. It’s also a great recipe on which to practice your baking skills.


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Four-Mushroom and Apricot Pizza Recipe Recipe

Four-Mushroom and Apricot Pizza Recipe

05.01.14 by Jackie

This is my interpretation of Pizz'a Chicago's Joliet Jake. The pizzas are named after Chicago landmarks and notable personalities, and are made with a wide range of ingredients.  The Joliet Jake is a vegetarian pizza which consists of four varieties of mushrooms: shiitake, Portobello, crimini and button with shredded mozzarella cheese, dried apricots and fresh basil.

I tried to stay true to the Chicago-style deep dish pizza and baked the pizza in a non-stick round pan until the top was golden, the cheese bubbly and the crust golden brown, then served it while still piping hot.


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