Category Archives: Quick & Easy Recipes

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago.  I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up.  Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats.

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My friend Babita brought Black Bean Salsa and chips, and it was delicious. This salsa and chips dish is a perfect snack for a summertime get together.  Especially when we can find juicy tomatoes and fresh corn at the farmer’s markets. I asked Babita for the recipe, and she said she got it from a web site called Show Me the Curry.  Here is the link to the recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  I’ve also included the recipe here. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home.  It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together.  Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it.  What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it!  This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

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Here is a salad that looks and tastes like a gourmet salad you might order at a fancy restaurant.  A nice juicy pear is delicious in this salad, and a good Gorgonzola cheese or bleu cheese really gives the entire salad a kick of sophistication. You can pick up a small tub of Gorgonzola cheese from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Lucky, Whole Foods, or any grocery store. Continue reading Spring Greens Salad with Pears, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette

Living in the Bay Area so close to Gilroy, you can’t help but grow to love garlic.  Gilroy is the self proclaimed Garlic Capital of the world.  That’s all they do here, grow garlic. In fact, when you drive past Gilroy you can smell garlic for a few miles as the garlic farms are in abundance here.  To pay homage to it’s” bread and butter” crop, Gilroy hosts an annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in the summer where everything sold is made with garlic.  They even sell their famous Garlic ice cream!  Roasted garlic is a popular item around here.   Continue reading Roasted Garlic with Crusty Baguette

Ina Garten’s Book Signing

The twins and I are big fans of Ina Garten and her Food Network show Barefoot Contessa.  We love her program; her personality, her home and garden, her recipes, and how she is always cooking delicious meals for her family and friends. In November of 2012 Ina Garten came to town to promote her new cookbook Foolproof.  I thought it would be a great idea to go to her book signing with the kids. I looked into where she was coming and the closest place was going to be 45 minutes away. I really wanted to take Anjali and Rani for this event, but it was a weekday, I wasn’t sure if I wanted them to blow off an entire day of school for this.  But then as luck would have it my friend Rose called me and said there was a cancellation at one of the other book signing locations and they decided to come to Sur la Table in Santana Row instead!!  This was great news because Santana Row is 15 minutes from our home! Continue reading Ina Garten’s Book Signing

French Press Tea Anyone?

You’ve all seen the French press, it’s everywhere now.  If you are a coffee connoisseur, I’m sure you have a French press.  It’s supposed to be the best coffee gadget to bring out the delicate coffee flavor.  What I didn’t know is that it can also be used to brew tea. Continue reading French Press Tea Anyone?