Category Archives: From the Kitchen

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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Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles

Chocolate truffles are the perfect dessert for times when we are craving something chocolaty. This recipe uses dark chocolate so we can eat our chocolate and feel good about it too 😄, especially when you consider that dark chocolate is good for you. Here is a recipe for homemade Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles.

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Leek and Cauliflower Carrot Thyme Soup

Leeks are a new discovery of mine. I only started using leeks in my cooking as recent as a couple of years ago. To me leeks were just another form of green onions so I didn’t bother with them much. But then Hitesh and Anjali picked up a bunch of leeks from the farmer’s market one day, and asked me to make something with it. I looked up a few recipes and picked the easiest one to make which happens to be soup.

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Savory Scones with Caramelized Onions & Sharp Cheddar Cheese

My friend Rose is legendary among our friends circle for making the best scones.  I’ve had cranberry scones, ginger scones, pumpkin scones, variations with whole-wheat flour, almond flour, cream scones, and savory scones. Be it savory or sweet, Rose makes the most amazing scones! They are all scrumptious!

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Chole. North Indian Spiced Chickpeas

Chole, which is a North Indian chickpea dish from the Punjab region made of chickpeas cooked with onions, garlic and spices is one of the most popular dishes among Indians. Most if not all Indian restaurants have chole on their menu, it’s a staple dish in any Indian restaurant here in America. Most commonly chole is served with a side of batura (deep fried fermented flour tortillas) and a side condiment of raw onions which are put on top and eaten together. When I make chole it is always a treat at our home. Here is a recipe for one version of chole the way I usually make it.

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Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff
makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion finely sliced
  • 6 cups chopped mushrooms any variety
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb pasta or dry wide egg noodles
  • 1 bunch chives finely chopped – about 2 tbsp
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flower
  • 3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, Gouda, or sharp cheddar cheese or a combination.
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and pepper

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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