Category Archives: From the Kitchen

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

Braised Warm Sugar Snap Peas & Edamame Salad

Warm Sugar Snap Peas & Edamame Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar snap peas roughly cut in halves. About 8 oz of sugar snap peas
  • 1 cups shelled edamame beans. I buy mine frozen and already cooked from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 1/2 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper

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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili
makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 8 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 large onion chopped (1 1/2 cups onions)
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers – or 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery about 1 stalk
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots – 1 carrot
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped – 4 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 bay leaves if you have
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano but not needed
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Avocado for garnish
  • 1 cup Sour cream for garnish
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese for garnish

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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

New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Growing up in the South in Texas and Louisiana, one of the New Year’s customs I became familiar with is having black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year. There are many dishes that one can add black-eyed peas to from stews to soups, tacos and burritos to salads and appetizers. For my New Years Day black-eyed pea dish I have chosen to make Black Eyed Pea Fritters. Continue reading New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola

I got this recipe when I was watching my favorite Food Network show Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten. She was making brunch dishes and this hazelnut granola was one of the items featured.  All it had was nuts, honey, oats and oil.  That’s it.  When was the last time you saw a granola recipe that had so few ingredients and was so easy to make that all you do is combine and bake? Continue reading Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola