Chia Seed Waffles

Posted on: February 7, 2014

Chia Seed Waffles by Jessica's Dinner Party

At the beginning of this year I made the easiest stove top granola, full of whole grain goodness and a trail of healthy ingredients.  I love trying out new ingredients, but admit I’m not good about sharing multiple uses for them.  Partly inspired by my sister, who has mentioned a number of times her own concerns about being resourceful, I’m making it a point this year to follow up on ingredients with more new recipes.  To make it super easy, I’m adding a little section at the end of each entry where I’l link to other posts with related materials. This is just the start, so the list of linked recipes will be short, but I’m excited to see how big and intricate this web can grow!

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A Winter Barbecue

Posted on: February 2, 2014

A Winter Barbecue by Jessica's Dinner Party

Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays in Korea.  The day of, which was last Friday this year, families get together to eat rice cake soup and savory pancakes.  For our family the feast doesn’t end with just that one meal.  We gather before and after to enjoy as much time together during the holidays. To end the long weekend with a bang, my aunt hosted a winter barbecue this afternoon. While we expected it to be icy cold, it  turned out to be an unusually balmy day, which made it much easier for the boys in charge of the grill! We did however, decide to eat inside. After all, it is still winter.

Happy Year of the Horse!

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Breakfast to Start

Posted on: January 5, 2014

Simple Stove Top Granola by Jessica's Dinner Party

It’s a new year, which kind of means a new start, so what better way to kick off than with a really great breakfast? One of my (many, well not THAT many) resolutions this year is to be more adventurous and creative on this site. I’m not necessarily thinking about super hard, crazy difficult recipes with high powered techniques involved…but just a little bit more amusing and possibly even inspiring to others.  Well…the second part is probably reaching too high ha!, but if I can inspire even just my sister to cook more often and try out my recipes I’ll consider my 2014 resolution a success!

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Alma in LA

Posted on: December 29, 2013

Alma in LA by Jessica's Dinner Party

Early this fall I took a week long vacation in Southern California. Among the many many restaurants and cafes I was able to go to, Bon Appetit’s 2013 best new restaurant Alma was one of them. Before the year officially ends, and this title is so-last-year, I wanted to share with you my two cents and what I’m thinking about for the new year!

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Chestnut Macarons

Posted on: December 24, 2013

Chestnut Macarons by Jessica's Dinner Party

 Until I moved to Paris, chestnuts didn’t hold any holiday significance to me.  But two winters of seeing marrons glacés everywhere changed me for the better and now I can truly relate to the words of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” It’s Christmas Eve so I’ll keep this post short and sweet.  These macarons make up the last third of my cookie list this year.  The filling is by far the easiest thing, and although used for macarons here, I can imagine it going well with any sort of wafer, shortbread, or vanilla cake. It may not be the day to try making macarons for the first time, but if, by any chance, there is a can of crème de marron lying around, this is definitely something that can be made in a pinch.  Oh, and there’s butter involved…but who DOESN’T have that lying around?

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