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20 Playful Ways to Use Puff Pastry Recipe

Today, I gathered my favorite recipes to show how you can utilize puff pastry (or savory pastry dough) in a playful way. Savory tarts, puff pastry logs turned into fancy appetizers, fruit wrappers, you name it! Puff pastry is decadent comfort food, but with an elegant touch.

Below are the photos and links to the recipes of my 20 favorite puff pastry dishes. It's fun to look back at what I've fed my family and see the wide variety of cuisines, ingredients and techniques. I hope this inspires you to be a little adventurous in the kitchen and come up with your own dishes using one of my favorite ingredients.

 


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White Asparagus and Tofu Recipe Recipe

White Asparagus and Tofu Recipe

08.25.14 by Jackie

This is the vegetarian meal I usually make when there is no fresh produce left in my refrigerator. I had lots of  errands today and grocery shopping was part of my to-do list, but I never had time to reach that one task before my husband Lulu and daughter Aria got back home for lunch. So I went on a scavenger hunt in the pantry to make a quick and easy recipe for lunch to please my husband's vegetarian diet.  

I prepared white asparagus tofu because, well, this is what was available in the pantry. I found a can of white asparagus spears, honey, vegetarian hoisin sauce and tofu. To enhance the flavor of the dish, I also added garlic, yellow onion wedges, black bean sauce and chili garlic sauce. 

I always stock my pantry with key ingredients in case of an emergency. My go-to tofu is the one that requires no refrigeration until the package is opened (shelf-table). I usually select the firm kind. Simply make sure the package mentions that there are no preservatives, that it is gluten-free (that's a good sign for its quality) and that it’s made with non-GMO soybeans. 


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Mulberry Heaven (6 Delicious Mulberry Dessert Recipes) Recipe

During my pregnancy, the girls would pick a basketful of the ripest mulberries from the tree in our garden and bring me a bowl filled with the delicious fruit. So I always tell baby Aria that in a way, she's made of mulberries! In fact, you really can never go wrong with mulberries. If you’ve never had them before, they have a wonderfully complex, sweet and tart flavor with hints of pepper when fully ripe. The intense flavor is almost indescribable. When they get really ripe, the juice thickens to a syrup-like consistency so harvesting them can get very messy and stain your hands and clothes. 

I recently was able to find the prized fruits at a local Farmers' Market in Palo Alto. So rush there, whilen there's still time to enjoy the wonderful, summery, seasonal fruit. If not, you can make substitutions depending on what ingredients (such as blueberries) you have available. 

 


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Rib-Eye Steaks with Mushroom Coffee Sauce Recipe

I had prepared this very flavorful sauce for the Polar Production Team last week as a thank you for bearing with me during the long, sleepless hours of filming my first cooking series. On the last day, I packed a meal for each member revolving around my favorite insomniac's ingredient: coffee, of course!

I seared beautiful rib-eye steaks and paired them with a mushroom coffee sauce. The beef was such good quality that salt and pepper could have been sufficient but I jazzed it up with espresso coffee and flavored the sauce with the velvety, dark elixir. 


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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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