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Oven Puttanesca with Family & Friends

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Summer in winter. Summer served right from your oven. Oven Puttanesca, via my Family & Friends Cookbook, now PRINT-another little jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen.
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February 26, 2019
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Ivy’s Orange Marmalade (Instant Pot)

Ivy’s Orange Marmalade | Bijouxs Little Jewels

Citrus season in California, no better time to take advantage of the bounty. Ivy’s Orange Marmalade  a seasonal favorite gets an update via the Instant Pot, another little jewel recipe from the Bijouxs Kitchen.
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February 24, 2019
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Instant Coconut Chicken Curry

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Instant Coconut Chicken Curry for real. All the basic kitchen ingredients are placed into the Instant Pot and 15 minutes later, Instant Coconut Chicken Curry is ready – great kitchen karma.
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February 12, 2019
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Spice Roasted Pineapple

Spice Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Bean Labneh | Bijouxs Little Jewels

So fresh and simple, yes this is one of my favorite desserts. Spice Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Bean Yogurt has been made many times over in the Bijouxs Kitchen for years, however my recent change was to make the dessert sugar-free. Could it work? Yes it did and with wonderful results. 

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I originally began making this recipe early in my health food walk, discovered in Gaylord Hauser’s Treasury of Secrets, circa 1963. I had bought a used book and enjoyed many of the recipes, fresh pineapple being one with liqueur, of course no added sugar. For some years later I added sugar and roasted the pineapple achieve the crispy brown sweet glaze. As we know, fruit contains a high level of sugar naturally, so no need to guild the lily, but could I achieve a spice roasted pineapple without sugar?

Spice Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Bean Yogurt | Bijouxs Little Jewels

Happily yes, a sweet golden brown glaze is possible on pineapple without using refined sugar. Lately, I have been developing recipes for a friend following the Plan Paradox Plan. Through this I have discovered many ways to cut the added sugar out of all types of foods. This newest take involves using Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener in place of refined sugar. Roasting with the combination of Grand Marnier liqueur, spices of whole cinnamon and star anise, amplify the sweetness of the pineapple. 


The rich and creamy Vanilla Bean Yogurt Labneh, creates a cool tart complement to the pineapple’s sweetness. Do not let the name make this recipe seem complicated, it may be a name you are not familiar with in Middle Easter cooking. I knew this as fresh yogurt cheese, or really, it is just strained yogurt. I have been making it for years in my handy-dandy Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker. No worries, this is very low tech and economical. Just fill the metal strainer section with the yogurt, cover and refrigerate overnight. You can also use cheesecloth and drain the yogurt over a bowl. Next day you will have a thick, rich creamy spread, almost like cream cheese. I like to add Vanilla Bean Paste but no sweetener to top the pineapple. It makes a delicious topping for desserts and for breakfast with fruit. Best of all you can use full-fat or low fat yogurt, your choice.


Spice Roasted Pineapple best of all is very easy and delicious. If you do not have fresh pineapple (I found it on special and could not resist) feel free to use in-store cut fresh pineapple, or even canned works, just make sure the fruit is packed in its own juice. The fruits from Hawaii became my favorites after a 3-month stay in the islands.

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Spice Roasted Pineapple a true little jewel.

January 31, 2019
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Wabi-Sabi Miso Fruit & Nut Cookies

Wabi Sabi Miso Fruit & Nut Cookies |Bijouxs Little Jewels

Behold the everyday beauty all around us, right here in our kitchens. Capturing these simple, beautiful moments in my kitchen has been the mantra for Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen, since its launch back in 2010. Wabi Sabi Miso Fruit & Nut Cookies. Simple, imperfect, economical, and definitely underplayed. The calling cards of Wabi Sabi. So, what is Wabi Sabi?
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January 25, 2019