Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Want to give homemade granola over the holidays? Try making this variation of granola with the sweet aroma of cardamom. If you like the exotic flavor of cardamom, this will become your new favorite granola. To make this recipe easy I made my granola with already roasted cashews and pistachios and just added them at the end after the granola was toasted. Very easy and delicious this granola recipe is and if you love having granola with Greek yogurt in the mornings, then this will surely add an exotic twist to your morning granola routine. Give it a try! Continue reading Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Tastes, Tales and Traditions by the Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children Benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

Like beautiful paintings, a few nostalgic stories, and a lot of old fashioned recipes with proceeds from all sales going to benefit a children’s hospital?  Then this book is for you. Tastes, Tales and Traditions presented by the Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital is a wonderfully original and beautiful cookbook that. I picked up when visiting the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California. for their Spring Garden Tour. Folks, this is one outstanding cookbook. Continue reading Tastes, Tales and Traditions by the Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children Benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

Pink Elephant Gift Exchange with Friends

Good friends exchanging presents? What’s not to like with this stupendous holiday soiree??  Absolutely nothing! A holiday party like no other – a Pink Elephant Gift Exchange Party is what I attended a couple days ago and what an amazing time I had.

Getting together with friends whom I haven’t seen in months is always a blast, but getting together over delicious food and exchanging presents? Seriously – women and presents, what’s more to add? We like presents, in all shapes and sizes, big or small; we love to open a nicely wrapped something, making this soiree a fun party for all the ladies. Continue reading Pink Elephant Gift Exchange with Friends

Mint Chutney on Pita Bread with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a totally original, delicious, and healthy appetizer to serve at your next dinner gathering?  This appetizer is the most creative and delicious appetizer I have had in a while – spicy homemade mint chutney spread on pita bread and then topped with roasted Brussels sprouts.  It’s so unique and delicious. Continue reading Mint Chutney on Pita Bread with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann

Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann is an outstanding cookbook that I love to peruse through over the holidays and over the winter months. I love all the spectacular photography of a warm winter kitchen spilling over with baked goods, candles, and arts and crafts that are not cloyingly over-the top – but rather tastefully understated, yet warm and inviting at the same time. Continue reading Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Looking for a no-egg cookie recipe with the heavenly aroma of ginger and spices?  These fragrant and wonderfully spiced molasses crinkle cookies made with dark molasses and ginger are the ones to try. The only modification I made to this easy recipe from Molasses Crinkle Cookies by Jennifer Causey on Cooking Light Magazine. is adding 1/4 cup of chopped crystalized ginger in the dough and as garnish on the cookie. For an easy cookie recipe that tastes outstanding, give these a try! Continue reading Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Wreath Making at Guadalupe Park Garden Conservancy. San Jose, California

I’ve never made a wreath before, that’s why when my friend Rose asked if I wanted to join her for a wreath-making class at the Guadalupe Park Garden Conservancy in San Jose I was excited to go. But what I had in mind is totally different than what I experienced.  I assumed I would be making a typical wreath with the usual pine-tree leaves and just tie them around a pre-fabricated wire circle.  Little did I know I would be in a nature-inspired wreath-making workshop like no other! Continue reading Wreath Making at Guadalupe Park Garden Conservancy. San Jose, California

Wild Mushrooms & Leeks with Melted Brie

Wild mushrooms and leeks with melted Brie is an appetizer that my daughter Rani and I made for our Thanksgiving appetizer and what a spectacular appetizer this dish turned out to be. Delicious, cheesy, flavorful, and beautiful – melted Brie with mushrooms and leeks is one showstopper of an appetizer! Continue reading Wild Mushrooms & Leeks with Melted Brie

Warm Apple Ginger Cider

Warm apple ginger cider is a cider that is served during the winter months at our local bakery Manresa Bread here in Los Gatos, California. Their hot apple cider has to be my daughter Anjali’s all-time favorite drink. Any time Hitesh stops by the bakery to pick up pastry or bread he comes home with Manresa’s apple ginger cider for Anjali. She could drink this all year long if only Manresa would sell it all-year round. But alas it is only available in the winter months. So what does Anjali do the rest of the year when she craves apple ginger cider? I make it at home. With warming fresh ginger, slices of fresh orange, and sweet cinnamon  – apple ginger cider is the perfect drink on a cool afternoon at any time of the year! Give it a try! Continue reading Warm Apple Ginger Cider

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