Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Roasted Veggies with Hard-boiled Eggs and Spices

Roasted Veggies with spices and hard-boiled Eggs is a wonderful dish that is colorful, chock full of  veggies, and packed with flavor. You can serve it with tortillas or with plain rice. It’s the perfect dish to take to a party or to serve at home when you have a large gathering. I made a giant pot of this dish for a Father’s Day Guys Brunch. and it not only looked great it tasted delicious too. Continue reading Roasted Veggies with Hard-boiled Eggs and Spices

Noodles & Cabbage Stir Fry

We love stir-fry noodles when we go out to Asian restaurants. But it’s nice to have a homemade version once in a while. Here is my recipe for homemade noodles stir-fry.  I like to use cabbage and tofu in this noodle dish, but you can add sliced peppers, broccoli, and any other veggies of your choice. Continue reading Noodles & Cabbage Stir Fry

Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

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

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

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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