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Indian Spiced Noodles

For a different take on the orient inspired ramen noodles try this Indian spiced noodles packed with vegetables and Indian spices. This recipe takes your regular fresh ramen or yaki-soba noodles that are available in the refrigerator section of the grocery store and spices it up with Indian seasonings.

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Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads

I am always thrilled to hear that the recipes I post are so well received and most of all that they are being tried in your home kitchen.  A few of you have even told me that you really like my Sunday Soup tradition and are enjoying the soup recipes I post every Sunday. To you all, I especially want to apologize, as I will be taking a break from Sunday Soups.

The weather has gotten pretty warm here in Northern California, finally. It’s very rare for us to have such cool weather all the way into June, but it has finally warmed up to our predictable California warm sunny weather. It’s so warm now that it’s hard to enjoy a hot steaming bowl of soup on Sundays, so I am taking a hiatus from Sunday Soups and switching over to Sunday salads, savories, sweets, and treats.

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Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California

When was the last time you stopped by a plant nursery with soft classical music playing in the background? A nursery where during the holidays there is hot apple cider waiting to be sipped by their customers. A nursery that is more of an experience than a functional errand to purchase some plants. Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California is one of those places which is a destination rather than just a plant nursery where one goes to, to just buy a few garden plants.

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Spring Risotto with Leeks, Peppers & Arugula

You will find this recipe is not your traditional way of making risotto. I’ve tried the authentic Italian way of making risotto, and let me tell you, it’s a time consuming recipe.  Every time I have followed a risotto recipe I have had to stand over the stove and stir the risotto rice with broth in batches until the rice is cooked. This takes at least 30 – 45 minutes. 45 minutes of standing and stirring, sometimes even longer. I started to dread making risotto when the kids wanted it.

Then one day I decided to try an alternative way of making risotto. I wondered how is it that in restaurants risotto is at our table within minutes. It occurred to me that they must cook the Arborio rice in advance, and just add the veggies or seafood when we order.  I thought let me give that a try.

The next time I made risotto, I cooked the Arborio rice in broth in a pressure cooker – no stirring involved. Then when I was ready to make my risotto, in a separate pot I sautéed vegetables and just added them to the already cooked Arborio rice and mixed it all together.  The risotto turned out awesome. Because the rice is already cooked, the whole process of making risotto goes by much faster. Try my recipe for a quicker vegetable risotto and see if you like it as much as I do.

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The Feel Good Essence of Homemade Ghee

There is nothing like the aroma of cooking vegetables, fish, chicken or meats in homemade ghee. Ghee, also known as clarified butter gives any food that you add ghee to an invigorating aroma that has a wonderful feel good effect on our senses. Ghee can be used to cook eggs, vegetables, meat, fish, or even just to add in a warm dish as a flavor enhancer. Sometimes I even toast bread on the pan with some ghee and it tastes amazing.

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Health Benefits of Ghee:

Ghee has been used for thousands of years in India for it’s healthy virtues. Some of the many natural ways ghee can be used range from curing sores, to aid in preventing allergies, and to help decrease inflammation, just to name a few. Continue reading The Feel Good Essence of Homemade Ghee

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful ladies out there!! Hope you have a fun and relaxing day doing exactly what makes you happy.

Last year I posted a couple of articles on Moms – both were poignant and sentimental. Mom was about the strong women who played a huge role in my life and Happy Mother’s Day! had some heartfelt poems about Moms.

This year I thought I would keep it lighthearted and share with you four cartoons about Moms. I bought this boxed set of greeting cards a while back, which had cartoons about Moms from The New Yorker magazine, and they are very funny. Enjoy!

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What I Want For Mother’s Day

Every year my family asks the same question around Mother’s Day. What do I want for Mother’s Day?  What menu would I like? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? Which restaurant can they make reservations at for dinner? Every year I tell them the same ten things.  This is what I want for Mother’s Day. Continue reading What I Want For Mother’s Day

For the Love of Greeting Cards

With Mother’s Day in a few days I thought I would republish this article I wrote last year around Mother’s Day about the joy that greeting cards bring to not just Moms but to all of us.

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I am a big fan of cards.  Not e-cards. I’m talking about greeting cards – you know, the old fashioned kind made of paper, the kind that Hallmark makes, and those cards you find in bookstores and stationary stores.  I love greeting cards. I think they are the best way to let people know how you feel and what you are thinking. Greeting cards are so personal.  You can keep them in your memory box or shoebox for years to come. Can you do that with an e-card? I bet you can’t even find those e-cards from years ago.

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Berries and Cream

Berries and cream is our family’s all time favorite berry dessert. This sweet treat allows one to enjoy the fresh berry fruit flavor while at the same time elevating it into a dessert worthy of a special dinner.  You only need 3 ingredients – berries, honey, and cream – that’s it. From these three pure all-natural ingredients you get a dessert that looks and tastes amazing.

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Many berries and cream recipes involve whipping cream with sugar and vanilla or making a custard of sorts – both of which require that you mix and stir and use another pot and utensil or gadget. Not this recipe – I promise you.  It’s the easiest dessert to make, it’s fresh, quick, easy, and delicious.  Here is the recipe for our family’s tried and true Berries and Cream. Continue reading Berries and Cream