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Strawberry Cointreau Shortcake Cups Recipe

My uncle, Cậu Bảy, is visiting us for a few months from Vietnam. He absolutely loves strawberries because they're not available in Vietnam and if they are, they're extremely expensive. I've planted strawberries in our garden but not enough to satisfy his cravings. He really enjoys the Farmers' market and we bought lots and lots of his favorite fruit over Memorial Day weekend.

I transformed a few into delicious strawberry dessert cups flavored with Cointreau. The cups consisted of shortcake, mousse, Cointreau-flavored custard strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Strawberry Cointreau Cup Dessert Recipe with Picture

 


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7 Delicious Recipes using Lemon Grass Recipe

Lemongrass (xả) is very common in Vietnamese cuisine. It is considered a mild diuretic, tonic and stimulant. Lemongrass is typically sold in packs of 5 stalks and can be a bit pricey.

Many years ago, we planted and grew it at home.  It was doing quite well, and since it is a perennial, we kept getting fresh stalks. Unfortunately, our dog uprooted and destroyed everything. So, according to my aunt Danielle, we didn't need to buy the plants again. All we need is to buy lemongrass from the market and water root the plants.

I peeled the bottom skin layer off the stalks, placed them in a vase filled with water and exposed it under the sun for 15 days until roots were visible. We just planted them in a pot and let nature do its magic. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

In the meantime, I'm using the one from the market. I gathered several lemongrass dishes that are a hit in our home. Hope you find inspiration in cooking with this exotic ingredient.


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Polenta Burger Recipe Recipe

Polenta Burger Recipe

05.19.15 by Jackie

I think I've said in previous posts that my mother-in-law recently discovered she was gluten intolerant (when she decided to become a vegetarian a year ago) . Her diet has changed drastically but we try to keep her palate happy. Here's a gluten-free dish that doesn't leave her missing bread or pasta. I pan-fried pre-cooked polenta medallions and used them as a substitute for the burger buns. I topped them with melted provolone cheese, sautéed baby spinach and soyrizo (you can replace with real meat).

I served the polenta burgers with steamed vegetables, so we had a delicious light meal that fit everyone's diet in our home. My mother-in-law has been adjusting to her new diet very well these days, although I have to admit it was so cute but kind of sad catching her smelling and "hugging" freshly-baked loaves of bread in the kitchen over the weekend.

***The photo was taken with my phone.


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Roasted Cherry Tomato Capellini Pasta Recipe

The moms at little Aria's preschool gather weekly for lunch so the toddlers get to interact more and have fun while enjoying food together. During these lunches, I've noticed that any round-rod, long strand type of pasta is always a favorite among the little ones. Yesterday, I prepared capellini pasta with roasted tomatoes and it was a true success.

I simply sautéed the very thin noodles in butter with spinach and added pre-roasted cherry tomatoes at the end. I completed the children's meal with small-sized meatballs. It was a great, healthy way to get the children to eat their veggies.
 


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Cinco de Mayo Inspired Recipes Recipe

Cinco de Mayo Inspired Recipes

05.06.15 by Jackie

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces in 1862. The streets in the Bay Area are so colorful for the festivities. I'm inclined to customize our own Cinco de Mayo-themed dinner at home.

I recently ordered a Molcajete mortar and pestle especially for the celebration and I'm planning on preparing a lot of guac! Did you know that more than 80 million avocados are consumed by Americans on Cinco de Mayo? I'm sure our family greatly contributes to the statistics!

I listed dishes I will very likely prepare today (I'm going to make fish tacos, for sure!). Hope you find some inspiration in this post.


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