Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Skillet Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes and Late Harvest Peppers

At this time of year there are so many varieties of peppers and heirloom tomatoes available at the grocery stores and farmer’s markets that it’s hard to resist the temptation to go nuts buying way too many for us to consume.  In lovely shades of greens, reds and oranges these flavorful peppers and tomatoes can turn any dish into a scrumptious dish.

I love peppers, I especially like the milder green peppers like shishito peppers and padron peppers. I love heirloom tomatoes too – their gorgeous colors and their juicy sweet and tart flavor taste soooo good when they are sautéed in butter that I could have tomatoes this way every day.

Cooked until the tomatoes are floating in buttery oily goodness – this flavor along with roasted peppers is what I wanted in my eggs when I made my skillet eggs with heirloom tomatoes and late harvest peppers.

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The tartness of  tomatoes come through when they are cooked in butter while the peppers add their own unique flavor with just a hint of spice.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies with Chrysanthemum Petals

Our family loves Mexican hot chocolate. That creamy hot chocolate with cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper – yummy 😋!  So when I came upon a hot chocolate recipe in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine that took the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate and transformed it into a cookie, I had to try it. An added bonus is that the ingredients for these cookies are ingredients I usually have in my pantry.

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Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

After going to the Heirloom Tomato Festival in Los Gatos and purchasing a few giant heirloom tomatoes, I decided to make a tomato tart that evening.  I had saved a recipe a while back from Ina Garten for a tomato tart with goat cheese, and now seemed the perfect time to try it out with my newly bought tomatoes.

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Simple Tomato Bruschetta

Rani made this very simple bruschetta with fresh garden tomatoes that our neighbor Jim had dropped off recently. What makes this version of bruschetta so easy to make is that Rani used whatever bread we had in the pantry. She just toasted the bread before piling on the juicy tomato mixture, that’s it. It was quick to make and tasted great 😋.

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Traditionally bruschetta is made with crusty baguette, but if you are like me, we don’t always have that around, but what we do have are sandwich bread for morning toast and lunches. These sandwich bread slices can be used for a quick and easy bruschetta.  Just make sure it’s dense bread such as a sourdough, farm bread, rye, or whole grain sandwich bread.   Continue reading Simple Tomato Bruschetta

Spiced Plum Cake

I have been wanting to make a plum cake for a long time now, ever since I had a spiced plum cake at my friend Roli’s home when we stopped by for tea.

Roli and her daughter had made their cake from scratch, added spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and used plums from their backyard as a topping for their cake.  With so much care and detail going into this cake it was bound to taste amazing 😋. Continue reading Spiced Plum Cake

Greens Salad with Apples & Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Greens Salad with Apples & Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 cups spring greens salad mix
  • 2 medium apples cut into thin slices
  • 1 bell pepper cut into thin slices or 4 small peppers cut into thin circles
  • 1/2  small red onion cut into slivers
  • 1 avocado cut into thin slices
  • White cheddar cheese cut into small cubes – as much as you like (optional)
  • Ingredients for pickled onion vinaigrette
    • 1/4 cup pickled onion vinegar
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 tbsp honey

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Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Hey folks, have you had a chance to make easy pickled onions yet? Wondering what to do with the vinegar after the pickled onions have been consumed? Guess what? That same vinegar can be used to make a vinaigrette salad dressing. An added bonus is that the vinegar is now an onion and coriander flavored vinegar. Pretty cool!

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A Fresh and Light Birthday Lunch – A Menu Worth Replicating

My dear friend Rose came over for lunch to celebrate my birthday back in July and since my birthday is during the summer break that meant at least one child was home from school. On this afternoon it was Anjali who joined us for our super light, fresh, and healthy lunch soiree. Here is a look at our birthday lunch menu.

Fresh and Light Birthday Lunch

Fresh Herbs Salad with Radish, Cucumbers, and Pickled Onions
Indian Scrambled Eggs
Savory Scones
Fresh Fruit
Black Tea – Harney & Sons Paris Blend

Try this deliciously healthy and nutritious lunch menu for any occasion. It’s a menu worth replicating.