Asparagus Leek Soup

A soup so veggie flavorful that it just needs salt and pepper. Leeks and asparagus both have so much flavor on their own that you pretty much don’t need anything else in this soup. Sauté leeks in olive oil, add the asparagus, salt and pepper and broth. Cook until tender.  Blend for a creamy soup or keep it chunky for a soup that is light, healthy and delicious. Continue reading Asparagus Leek Soup

Carrot Apple Spice Cake

This delicious carrot apple cake made with fresh carrots, apples, spices, and brown sugar is a wonderful recipe from Averie Cooks .  The cake is warm and moist from all the fresh grated carrots and apples, and delicious with the lovely flavors of winter spices. My friend Nishma made this carrot apple spice cake when we were over for dinner and when she served it slightly warm with a warm cup of tea, it was heavenly!  Continue reading Carrot Apple Spice Cake

Asian Inspired Valentine’s Vegetarian Menu. 2019

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday 💕❤️!  Ours was spent at home with the twins. My eldest was at her company’s sales conference in Half Moon Bay so it was just the four of us.  It was a rainy, stormy V Day here in the Bay Area. I was so happy to be at home and not going out for dinner. Usually I have my act together for Valentine’s Day with a menu all prepared so that when the kids and Hitesh come home they have a special menu waiting and ready. But this time I was in a culinary slump 😞.  My mind was blank and I just couldn’t come up with a cool menu for this special day.  Thankfully my twins came to the rescue!!  Since they were home this week for Ski week holiday break, they stepped up to make our family’s Valentine’s Day dinner.  What better Valentine’s present can a Mom ask for? A home cooked meal made with love by her kids 🤗😍. Continue reading Asian Inspired Valentine’s Vegetarian Menu. 2019

Caramelized Onion and Baby Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

Caramelized onions, cheese, and pasta? What’s not to like with this combination of flavors? Caramelized onions and gooey cheese are awesome together any way you look at it, and when stuffed inside pasta shells? They taste positively outstanding 😋👌!  I’ve made stuffed pasta shells before with spinach and onions,  but this time I caramelized the onions with a little garlic giving the dish a lovely sweet oniony flavor that tastes wonderful with spinach and ricotta cheese. Continue reading Caramelized Onion and Baby Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

Oven Baked Tomato Bisque

Tangy and delicious, thick and creamy, quick and easy, this tomato soup takes just minutes to cook. I made this tomato bisque for a lunch with two of my dear friends last week and since we were getting together for a little Valentine’s Day celebration I wanted to make a soup that was red in color and tomato soup is what we all think of for a red soup. But I was in a time crunch that morning and it’s winter and fresh tomatoes are just not that flavorful in the winter, so I took a chance and made tomato soup with two jars of oven baked tomatoes. Folks, this had to be the quickest tomato soup I have ever made! It was ready in just 15 minutes! Because it is thicker than the usual tomato soup I’m calling it tomato bisque. Continue reading Oven Baked Tomato Bisque

Dark Chocolate Cardamom Truffle Ice cream

Decadent, rich, and creamy, this dark chocolate cardamom ice cream will make you happy, happy, happy 😋😊. The best way to describe this ice cream is to think of a deep dark chocolate truffle infused with cardamom, but in an ice cream form.  The idea for a chocolate and cardamom flavored ice cream came from a chocolate ganache that my daughter Rani was making for a chocolate cake. She started off with dark chocolate ganache and decided to jazz it up with cardamom.  The cardamom ganache was so good that when the cake was ready we just ate the ganache and not the cake 😀.  This got me thinking that maybe dark chocolate and cardamom would taste great together in ice cream too?  No surprise here, it tastes delicious!  Continue reading Dark Chocolate Cardamom Truffle Ice cream

Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Looking for a red and pink salad for Valentine’s Day?  Gorgeous dark colored beets and pretty pink radish look so good together in a tossed green salad and taste wonderful too. This salad is sweet from the beets that release such a lovely sugary taste, then add fesh lemony vinaigrette and you get that unique sweet and sour tang in this beautiful salad. Continue reading Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Butternut Squash Soup with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk

I had half a tube of lemongrass paste leftover from when I made some tofu pockets and not really knowing what else to use this herb for, decided to make an Asian-inspired butternut squash soup. What makes this soup taste so good is a whole bunch of fresh herbs like mint and cilantro along with coconut milk which transforms the soup into a light and creamy Thai-inspired squash soup. Continue reading Butternut Squash Soup with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk

January in the Garden. 2019

January has been wet, wet, wet for us here in the Bay Area.  Rain and more rain and chilly temperatures made for a tumultuous time in the garden.  One of the storms we had was so fierce that one of our eucalyptus trees got ripped off its trunk. The latter part of January however we have had spring-like temperatures in the 60s!  The birds were chirping away thinking spring has arrived early. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride weatherwise. Continue reading January in the Garden. 2019

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