Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese

I had a delicious salad recently made by my friend Donna that was positively outstanding.  I love all salads, but once in a while it’s nice to have just a simple salad made with crisp lettuce tossed in a light vinaigrette.  This lettuce salad hit that craving for me. Continue reading Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese

Rose’s Rockin Granola

I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola?  For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola

Beets & Olives Salad with Feta, Super Greens & Lemon Herb Dressing

Here is a recipe for a beet and olive salad that is pretty to look at and delicious. We had this wonderful beet salad with lemon herb dressing at our friends Swati and Tarak’s home when we went over for a holiday dinner. Swati got inspired to use a few lemons from one of many fruit trees in her hillside garden and made a Lemon Herb Dressing to go with her outstanding Super Greens, Beets and Olives Salad. Continue reading Beets & Olives Salad with Feta, Super Greens & Lemon Herb Dressing

Mushroom and Artichoke Baguette

One of my most requested appetizer recipes over the years has been a mushroom and artichoke baguette. Every time I have served my mushroom and artichoke baguettes I have received so many requests for the recipe that over the years I have typed and re-typed the recipe and emailed it to many. I made this appetizer more times than I can count for parties that I finally got tiered and stopped making them completely.

Then recently over the summer break the kids asked me how come I haven’t made my mushroom and artichoke appetizer in a long time? They were craving some 😋. So I dug up my emails from years gone with the recipe and made the mushroom baguettes again when I had my uncle visiting from India. His newly married nephew and wife came to see him from Salt Lake City and making a yummy appetizer for a large gathering seemed just perfect. These mushroom artichoke baguettes tasted just as delectable as the first time I made them over fifteen years ago. Continue reading Mushroom and Artichoke Baguette

Pomegranate, Orange and Arugula Salad with Bleu Cheese & White Balsamic Dressing

I make lots of salads but I would never think to combine a citrus flavor such as orange with blue cheese – it wouldn’t be a combination that would occur to me. When I think of bleu cheese I tend to use the likes of apples and pears. Surprisingly though the combination of orange and bleu cheese along with pomegranate seeds and the peppery bite of arugula tastes really good together in a salad.

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Apple Walnut Spice Cake

This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made.  I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake

Red and Green Swiss Chard Sauté

This is an easy no fuss side dish that is just plain good for you.  Super greens like Swiss chard are packed with nutrients and this recipe uses up a good amount of chard leaves. Leafy greens like chard are full of vitamins and minerals,  They are rich in fiber, rich in calcium, potassium, antioxidants, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin A, rich in folate, and have a good amount of vitamin E. Is there anything more I can add that is good about leafy greens? For more information on leafy greens and their nutrient packed value to our diet take a look at this link  Leafy Greens. How Food Affects our Health from Joybauer.com. Continue reading Red and Green Swiss Chard Sauté

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake

Sweet Wine & Dried Fruit Poundcake
makes 2 
poundcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick), plus about 1 tsp softened butter for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh grated apple
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sweet dessert wine
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, and dried apricots. Soak overnight in 1/4 cup sweet wine.

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