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Banu’s Emerald Green Philadelphia Garden

My sister Banu who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a lovely home and a beautiful garden. Banu is an avid gardener just like my Mom and me. But she is crazier than me when it comes to gardening. She enjoys it so much that just like my Mom she will spend hours in her backyard and lose track of time.

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Banu’s garden is lush and emerald green. It’s the greenest garden I’ve ever seen. Continue reading Banu’s Emerald Green Philadelphia Garden

Happy Father’s Day!

On this day that celebrates Dads I thought I would share a few quotes from Fathers about being a great Father.

Thoughts From Fathers on Being a Great Father:

The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.  Reed Markham

I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more. Gordon Brown

To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father. Nick Lachey

I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids. Bo Jackson

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. Frank Abagnale

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Happy Father’s Day!

Dinner at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California

We have heard so much about this talked about restaurant here in the Bay Area  – Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.  The restaurant is so popular that you have to plan at least a month in advance just to make a reservation, and cross your fingers and hope that you can get a reservation. On top of that, there are guidelines for when one can call to make that reservation; one has to wait for the exact day to the month when you want to go for dinner. This is what I did; I patiently waited to the exact day one month before Hitesh’s birthday to make dinner reservations for his special birthday celebration with the family.  I was fortunate enough to make reservations for the day that I requested! This is how we ended up going to Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Was it worth the hype and the wait? YES, YES, YES. Continue reading Dinner at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California

A North Indian Vegetarian Feast at Pallavi & Parag’s

Our family was invited to friends Pallavi and Parag’s home for dinner one weekend and what a feast we were treated to. I haven’t had a North Indian dinner like this in a very long time. So many varieties of vegetarian dishes all prepared at home by Pallavi and her Mom were a feast for the senses.

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North Indian fare that is different from what I am used to cooking was a lovely change from my usual cuisine. Everything looked colourful and tasted amazing. We had over ten vegetarian dishes all prepared by Pallavi and her Mom, Sarla Aunty.  Dinner was just scrumptious and a spread worthy of the Rajas (Kings) of India. Continue reading A North Indian Vegetarian Feast at Pallavi & Parag’s

Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads

I am always thrilled to hear that the recipes I post are so well received and most of all that they are being tried in your home kitchen.  A few of you have even told me that you really like my Sunday Soup tradition and are enjoying the soup recipes I post every Sunday. To you all, I especially want to apologize, as I will be taking a break from Sunday Soups.

The weather has gotten pretty warm here in Northern California, finally. It’s very rare for us to have such cool weather all the way into June, but it has finally warmed up to our predictable California warm sunny weather. It’s so warm now that it’s hard to enjoy a hot steaming bowl of soup on Sundays, so I am taking a hiatus from Sunday Soups and switching over to Sunday salads, savories, sweets, and treats.

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Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California

When was the last time you stopped by a plant nursery with soft classical music playing in the background? A nursery where during the holidays there is hot apple cider waiting to be sipped by their customers. A nursery that is more of an experience than a functional errand to purchase some plants. Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California is one of those places which is a destination rather than just a plant nursery where one goes to, to just buy a few garden plants.

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The Feel Good Essence of Homemade Ghee

There is nothing like the aroma of cooking vegetables, fish, chicken or meats in homemade ghee. Ghee, also known as clarified butter gives any food that you add ghee to an invigorating aroma that has a wonderful feel good effect on our senses. Ghee can be used to cook eggs, vegetables, meat, fish, or even just to add in a warm dish as a flavor enhancer. Sometimes I even toast bread on the pan with some ghee and it tastes amazing.

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Health Benefits of Ghee:

Ghee has been used for thousands of years in India for it’s healthy virtues. Some of the many natural ways ghee can be used range from curing sores, to aid in preventing allergies, and to help decrease inflammation, just to name a few. Continue reading The Feel Good Essence of Homemade Ghee

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful ladies out there!! Hope you have a fun and relaxing day doing exactly what makes you happy.

Last year I posted a couple of articles on Moms – both were poignant and sentimental. Mom was about the strong women who played a huge role in my life and Happy Mother’s Day! had some heartfelt poems about Moms.

This year I thought I would keep it lighthearted and share with you four cartoons about Moms. I bought this boxed set of greeting cards a while back, which had cartoons about Moms from The New Yorker magazine, and they are very funny. Enjoy!

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What I Want For Mother’s Day

Every year my family asks the same question around Mother’s Day. What do I want for Mother’s Day?  What menu would I like? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? Which restaurant can they make reservations at for dinner? Every year I tell them the same ten things.  This is what I want for Mother’s Day. Continue reading What I Want For Mother’s Day

For the Love of Greeting Cards

With Mother’s Day in a few days I thought I would republish this article I wrote last year around Mother’s Day about the joy that greeting cards bring to not just Moms but to all of us.

Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California

I am a big fan of cards.  Not e-cards. I’m talking about greeting cards – you know, the old fashioned kind made of paper, the kind that Hallmark makes, and those cards you find in bookstores and stationary stores.  I love greeting cards. I think they are the best way to let people know how you feel and what you are thinking. Greeting cards are so personal.  You can keep them in your memory box or shoebox for years to come. Can you do that with an e-card? I bet you can’t even find those e-cards from years ago.

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