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Lemon Parfait Cups with Blueberry Chocolate Amaretto Sauce Recipe

My husband Lulu has been reminding me incessantly about picking the Meyer lemons from our trees. I took a mental note but found my mind wandering and ignored his many warnings. And what he expected would happen eventually happened. The heavy weight from the lemons has completely broken and split in half our beautiful tree. It took so much time healing the wound by trimming and smoothing the damaged wood to avoid and seal out excess moisture. I had to remove the tree bark by cutting a diamond shape around the wound to help it to stay dry and prevent any decay or disease. I spent so much time on the tree and had to make so many times to the hardware store, I wish I had picked the lemons sooner!

Seeing the severely damaged limb broke my heart and I was left with tons of Meyer lemons. I finally prepared many jars of lemon curd and turned a few into mousse. The result was these beautiful lemon parfait cups. I jazzed them up with blueberry chocolate Amaretto sauce. In the end, I'm glad I undertook this epic challenge; this was a great opportunity to turn it into something positive.

 


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Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.

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Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe) Recipe

Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious.

The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help season and pre-cook the meat. So as long as you use fresh meat, you're good to go. 


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Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe Recipe

At Cost Plus World Market, I recently discovered a 100% lychee juice drink with no preservatives and no sugar added. As soon as I came home, I began brainstorming and came up with this deliciously, refreshing drink. It's made of coconut milk, lychee juice and sugar cane juice. The concoction is that wasy. It's really about the correct proportions and you could even add a few ounces of rum to spike it up.  Plus, it's dairy free!

If you're like me and don't have the patience to wait until the drink is chilled, simply add a few ice cubes and mix it in a cocktail shaker. It makes the perfect warm weather treat, almost like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. So you can relax and pat yourself on the back for a well-crafted lychee coconut cooler.

 

 


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Garlic Noodles Recipe

Garlic Noodles

03.19.15 by Jackie

Little Aria's favorite dish of the moment is a good noodle stir fry. It's super easy to prepare and I'll show you how to master this dish using 3 main flavorings: garlic, green onions and some chiles.

The secret is to fry the garlic first. You have to make sure you don't burn it or the noodles will have an acrid taste, which could be very unpleasant. If this is the case, simply throw the garlic away, wash the pan and start over. The other key is stir fry the noodles over high heat; you could also add a dollop of butter at the end for extra richness, if you like. 


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