Category Archives: From Around the World

Italian-inspired Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year – Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.  Kids have school, everyone is at work, but it is Valentine’s Day and no matter what day it falls on, it’s great to make this day that celebrates love, feel special for everyone. Continue reading Italian-inspired Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2017

Russian Borscht Beet Soup

I had this beet soup at my friend Swati’s home back in December when we went for Christmas Eve dinner. Swati had wanted to make a red-themed dinner and on the menu was  beet soup, beet salad, vegetarian lasagna, mushroom quiche, and fondue with homemade bread for appetizers.

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The World in Your Soup Curried Chickpea Soup

First of all let me say I’d never had pureed chick pea soup until this one. My friend Rose made this soup and I call it The World in Your Soup Curried Chick Pea Soup. Why? Because when I saw the recipe, it had a little bit of something from all corners of the world! Continue reading The World in Your Soup Curried Chickpea Soup

Simple Quesadilla

This is my go-to recipe when I want to make a quick quesadilla. Every time I’ve served this simple quesadilla to family and guests I’ve always received a “Wow, this is delicious” reaction.  I’ve made fancy variations of this recipe by adding sautéed mushrooms and roasted veggies and other condiments, I’ve even added fresh chopped tomatoes, but honestly, I don’t get that unanimous “Wow” reaction that I get when I make my original simple quesadilla.  What makes it so good is the minimal amount of ingredients in it. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Simple Quesadilla

Feta Cheese Bruschetta with Thyme & Red Onions

I was invited to a holiday tea back in December at my dear friend Radhika’s place and what a fun time we had. Radhika’s home was beautifully decked for the holidays and so warm and welcoming that I just didn’t want to leave on this cool winter afternoon.

For tea Radhika had made a delicious warm feta cheese bruschetta. Here is a look at this simple yet decadent winter-inspired tea. Continue reading Feta Cheese Bruschetta with Thyme & Red Onions

Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Spiced Veggies & Black Beans

This is a variation of stuffed peppers that I like to make with a frozen vegetable mix called Southwest Blend. This frozen veggie mix is really good, it has bell peppers, black beans, corn, poblano peppers, and roasted onions. With this combination of veggies you really don’t need to chop a whole lot of veggies. I took my cue for the seasoning for the stuffed peppers from the Southwest mix which has a Mexican slant to them.

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Noodles and Cabbage Stir Fry

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

Russian Carrot Patties

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

A French Inspired Vegetarian Picnic Dinner. Celebrating Rakshabandan

Every year my cousins Mahesh and Nando and their families are invited for Rakshabandan dinner at our home.  We started the tradition of celebrating Rakshabandan over a decade ago.  It usually falls in the late summer so we try to have dinner outside giving us an opportunity to enjoy the cool evening with drinks and dinner. Continue reading A French Inspired Vegetarian Picnic Dinner. Celebrating Rakshabandan