Chardonnay, Goat Cheese and Crackers. The Perfect Pairing

Hello and Happy Weekend! Are you going to see friends, maybe having them over? Planning on serving wine? How about a chilled bottle of chardonnay? And how about the perfect pairing for this full bodied white wine? Try serving it with goat cheese and crackers. A winning combo 👌🏼🥂🧀😋,

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Beets Poriyal. Beets Saute with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Lentils

This recipe is for all your beet fans out there who are looking for a creative way to make a delicious beets dish. This one is flavored with toasted sesame seeds and urad daal which are split skinned black gram lentils. These two transform beets into a phenomenal dish that tastes so good you’ll be having second helpings.

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Tuscan Summer Dinner at Babita and Shankar’s

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a good week. Today I’d like to share with you a menu suggestion for a light and summery dinner perfect for an al fresco evening . This menu has everything to make it a fun summery meal – garden fresh salad, garlic bread, pasta and roasted veggies. Serve it with a glass of wine and its perfect on a cool summer evening.

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Scenic Drive on Hwy 1. Big Sur, Coastal Farms & Santa Cruz Wine Tasting with Aunty Uma

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope your July 4th holiday weekend (for those in the U.S.) is relaxing and fun with family, friends and good food. ⁠. For me I had my Aunty Uma visiting from New Jersey. She is here for a reikii consultation with a client and is staying with me for the week. She took a day off from work to go on a scenic drive on coastal Hwy 1 yesterday. It was your picture perfect Northern California day on this July 4th weekend. Misty, cool foggy morning, clear blue skies in the afternoon, and temperatures in the mild 60s-70s and 80s, just perfect.

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Cauliflower Broccoli Apple Salad With Garlic Parmesan Italian Vinaigrette

This is one of those salads thats wonderful to take to your next outdoor potluck gathering as it can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve. The dressing is store bought and the veggies already cut. Easy, easy, easy and delicious delicious delicious. Give it a try!

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Friday Flowers. Windy Day Bouquet to Show Off a Treasured Ornament

Hello and Happy Friday! Around here this week has been cool and windy. Cool with temps in the 60s and 70s and very windy – almost fall like weather. After one of our big wind storms this week I walked around my garden to cleanup a bit and found this beautiful branch. The branch was my inspiration for this windy day bouquet, to show off a beautiful ornament that I picked up from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico a long while ago.

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