I'm Jackie and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am French-Vietnamese. I live with my husband whose family is from India. There are vegetarians, meat-lovers and one girl whose diet is restricted due to allergies! Everyday is a cooking adventure.

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Artichoke Flavored Butter

I prepared the flavored butter with artichoke hearts, a bit of sea salt, fresh basil leaves and lemon. It has a brightness to it that works well in almost any savory application. I'm planning on using the butter with a salt and pepper crusted steak

Taj Kabab

I learned this dish from Mina, my husband's cousin. It's called "Taj kebab" and if you like meat and potato as much as I do, you will love this one. This potato dish consists of layers of spiced ground beef, potatoes, and tomatoes.

Cold Soba Noodle Salad

To celebrate our first crop of Persian cucumbers, I prepared a chilled noodle salad. I used soba noodles, a variety of fresh vegetables, flavorful peanut sauce, fresh mint (again from our prolific garden) and dill.

Red Wine Braised Duck

Whenever I prepare duck meat, I try to add a lot of spices to attenuate the strong gamey flavor. The spice mixture I used in this recipe is a combination of dried red chilies, fresh oregano, cumin seeds, a cinnamon stick, star anise and fried onions

Hakka Noodles In Lettuce Cups

I tossed hakka noodles (vegetarian wheat noodles made without eggs) with mock ground meat, julienned carrots, bell peppers and yellow onions. I served them at room temperature in lettuce cups and added sweet potato shoestrings as a crunchy garnish.