Farm Fresh Veggies Delivered to Our Door

I love farmer’s market veggies, so naturally when I received this message from my friend Rita last week “Hi, I have some extra spinach, dill, chard, turnips, arugula and Tuscan kale from my farmer’s market  friend. Would you ladies want some?”  “Delivery included 😉.  Which would you like, some of each?  How could my answer for farm fresh veggies delivered to our door be anything but a resounding, YES, PLEASE. Thank you so much!”  My friend Rose requested a combo of spinach, chard, arugula and kale. I asked for all of it!  Rita’s response was “Ok I’ll drop them off at both your porches tomorrow afternoon. You’re welcome!”   Continue reading Farm Fresh Veggies Delivered to Our Door

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of celery soup with creamy hazelnuts? Yup, that’s what makes this soup so yummy and unique. I had this delicious celery soup at my friend Shalini’s home when we met for lunch one afternoon. Creamy celery soup accompanied with a faro salad, some roasted Brussels sprouts on thin pita strips with mint chutney, along with fresh fruit and a cheese board – this lunch was wholesome, nutritious, and packed with flavor. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup

Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Happy Lunar New Year!
The Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in China. Originally it was tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was celebrated over 15 days. During this time families honor their household,  heavenly deities, as well as the family’s ancestors. It was also a time to bring families together for feasting. Continue reading Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Vegetarian Family Dinner 2018

❤️💞💖💓💗 Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️💞💖💓💗!

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Every year a few days before Valentine’s Day my twins ask me this question “What special menu are you planning for Valentine’s Day?”  I don’t know why but the question always catches me off guard, because Valentine’s Day usually falls on a week day and I assume that everyone just wants to get on with their homework and studying and relaxing after a long day at work. Every year I ask the kids if they want to celebrate Valentine’s day on the weekend when it is more relaxed, but I get the same answer every time “No. Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, why can’t we have a special dinner on this day? Maybe even a dessert or something?”   Continue reading Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Vegetarian Family Dinner 2018

Primrose. A Delightful Winter Flower

Every winter while I am waiting for my garden to wake up from it’s winter dormancy I stop by the nursery a few times thinking that the nursery will have some colorful flower plants to brighten up my garden blues. And every year the same plants catch my eye  – cyclamen, pansies, ranunculus, and primrose. All these flowers are beautiful, however the primrose is the most colorful and comes in lovely shades of the rainbow. Continue reading Primrose. A Delightful Winter Flower

Tomato & White Cheddar Soup

Tomato & White Cheddar Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 15oz cans stewed or crushed tomatoes in juice
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour or any nut flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp herbs such as thyme, rosemary or chives.
  • 2 slices of bread for croutons
  • 1/4 cup cream

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Usha’s Chai Spice Blend

Indian chai is the perfect aromatic and warming tea drink to give you a little pick me up. Chai is made by brewing black tea with milk, sugar, and spices. In the Western region of India in Gujarat, chai is made with a chai spice blend. This chai spice blend can have anywhere from three spices to more than five spices. The most common spices in a chai spice blend are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper. These spices create a warming, soothing effect, and also act as a natural digestive aid.

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