Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Dark Chocolate Rose Petal Raspberry Bark

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.

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Caprese Salad with Savory Jam, Olives and Grapes

A Caprese salad with jam? I know it sounds odd, but it tastes really good. I came up with this variation of Caprese salad when we were in Cape Cod visiting our friends Jo and Oliver this past summer. They had an onion and garlic jam in their refrigerator that looked very enticing. I tried it with some crackers and cheese and it was yummy. Continue reading Caprese Salad with Savory Jam, Olives and Grapes

Fried Green Tomatoes. Last Harvest of the Season

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.

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Last 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

Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli & Peppers

Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli & Peppers
serves 2-3

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box extra firm tofu
  • 2 bell peppers cut into long strips or 10 small peppers cut lengthwise
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 4 tbsp Asian inspired braising sauce or marinade sauce
  • Oil

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Seasoning Butter

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

Arugula and Mushroom Pizza with Goat Cheese

Years ago, and I mean over 10 years ago, before my cousin Nando was even married and even before I had my twins Anjali and Rani, Nando invited us to dinner at his home in Sunnyvale, California.  What could Nando really make for dinner I wondered?  I was skeptical.  I offered to cook something and bring it to the dinner.  But Nando declined the offer and said he had it all covered.

On a Saturday evening, Hitesh, Sri and I went to Nando’s for dinner.  At this dinner I discovered the best and most unique homemade pizza I had ever tasted. This pizza was delicious and so original at that time. Continue reading Arugula and Mushroom Pizza with Goat Cheese

Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper

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

Martha Stewart’s Tofu Fries

I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart and have been for a very long time. Years ago when Martha Stewart had her television show, I would tape all her shows and then watch them later after I came home from work.   I loved her cooking recipes and gardening tips, and just her entire outlook on healthy wholesome living.  I even had a subscription to her magazine Martha Stewart Living that was a great resource for seasonal recipes, seasonal gardening, homemade gifts and crafts, and local stories of interest from all parts of America. She was ahead of her time that’s for sure. Continue reading Martha Stewart’s Tofu Fries