This is a sweet dressing that tastes really good in any salad that has fresh fruit or even dried fruits. If you make salads with apples, peaches, apricots, pears or mangos, this is the perfect sweet and sour dressing to bring out the fruit flavors. Continue reading Honey Vinaigrette→
We love stir-fry noodles at Asian restaurants, but it’s nice once in a while to have a homemade version. This vegetarian noodle stir fry has all things good such as ginger, garlic, cabbage, peppers and tofu. The best part of this homemade noodle stir fry is that it’s easier to make than one might think. Continue reading Noodles and Cabbage Stir Fry→
Every year in the fall, during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri, I am invited to a few of my friend’s homes for Golu where we are treated to a traditional south Indian Tamil snack called Sundal. We always look forward to eating this dish. In fact, all Tamilians make sundal for special occasions and there are many variations. Sundal is made with different types of pulses or legumes. Continue reading Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack→
Have you ever had carrot fritters? I haven’t. That is until my friend Iya introduced me to them. Iya is the ultimate foodie. Loves cooking food, talking about food, sharing recipes about food, and hearing about food. Whenever we meet she will always ask me if I made anything interesting for dinner. In one of our conversations she was reminiscing about her childhood and how she remembered her Mom making carrot patties. Carrot patties? I told her I’ve never heard of those before. Iya said her Mom would make them when she was a child but she hadn’t had them in years, in over two decades in fact. I was curious, and asked Iya for the recipe. But Iya didn’t recall how they were made, she only remembered that carrots were boiled and mashed and made into patties. Continue reading Russian Carrot Patties→
Our family loves dark chocolate anything, and they especially love this raspberry chocolate bark. Kids like it with vanilla ice cream, adults like it with a good cup of coffee or port. Either way, this Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Raspberry Bark is delicious! Here is the recipe.
Well, I waited as long as I could to take out all the summer vegetable plants, especially the tomato plants that were looking pretty sad but still had plenty of fruit. I thought the tomatoes would get ripe since we have been getting some 90-degree temperatures lately, but nothing is happening on those bushes, nada. The tomatoes are just sitting happily on the vines, doing absolutely nothing. They are just green, and it looks like time stood still. I couldn’t stand it anymore, and finally this past weekend I harvested all the green tomatoes and chopped down the tomato plants. I noticed with a batch of green tomatoes that we harvested a couple of weeks ago, that when they sit in a bowl indoors they do slowly start ripening. I’ll do the same with this last tomato harvest of the season.
Looking at these green tomatoes I recalled a movie I watched years ago back in 1991 called Fried Green Tomatoes. I remembered liking the movie a lot as it had a great storyline set in Alabama about an unlikely friendship between a young waitress at a local diner and an elderly lady she volunteers to give company to at a Senior Citizen’s Home. I also remembered that it was the first time I had heard of fried green tomatoes. Continue reading Fried Green Tomatoes. Last Harvest of the Season→
When we visited my sister Banu in Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday, my brother-in-law Ranjit served us grilled asparagus one evening. I’ve had grilled asparagus many times, but truth be told I’ve liked them average at best. But these grilled asparagus were outstanding. Continue reading Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Seasoning Butter→
Heirloom tomatoes with salt and pepper. Yes, It’s that simple. And it looks and tastes amazing. Every year in late summer heirloom tomatoes are showing up at Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores. Heirloom tomatoes come in a rainbow of colors and in all shapes and sizes – that’s what makes them heirloom tomatoes, and so much fun to look at and eat. Continue reading Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper→