Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

May the joy of Christmas fill your home with love, laughter, friends and family 🎄🎅.

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Ours Christmas day was spent with just us and close family friends who came over for a simple vegetarian Christmas Dinner.  An evening with family, good friends, and good food – we couldn’t ask for a more relaxing evening.  Just perfect. Here is a look at this year’s vegetarian Christmas Day dinner and menu. Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Dinner with Santa Claus and a Game of Charades

We were invited to our friend’s Basanthi and Vivek’s annual holiday party this past weekend for a fun evening of laughter, delicious food, and a visit from Santa Claus 🎅🎄.  This party is unique in that Santa Claus always makes an appearance at Basanthi’s pre-Christmas party and hands out presents to all kids AND adults. This is a joyous evening to celebrate the holidays with little kids, big kids and Santa Claus! Continue reading Dinner with Santa Claus and a Game of Charades

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad is a dish that our friend Van brought to our mutual friends Dave and Rose’s dinner gathering that I absolutely couldn’t get enough of. I must have had two to three plate full’s of this salad. I liked it so much that I wanted to ask Van for her recipe, but I really didn’t need to, as it had just four wholesome ingredients – baby spinach, red quinoa, sunflower seeds, and persimmons; all tossed in a simple vinaigrette. Continue reading Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Holiday Tea with Two Friends

I don’t know what it is about the holidays that makes me feel the urge to somehow cram seeing all my friends before the year is up, despite seeing them often and throughout the year. Maybe it’s that I want to share the festive season and all the joy that comes with it, or maybe it’s that meeting up over the holidays has a certain charm that is hard to capture at other times of the year.  Whatever the reason maybe, so here I was squeezing a quick tea with my friend Padmini before she left for Dallas to be with her family over the Christmas holidays. And since tea is always more fun with one more friend to share it with, I invited my friend Veena to join us. Continue reading Holiday Tea with Two Friends

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies! Need I say more?  Wholesome pistachios and sweet cardamom in a shortbread cookie – positively delicious. I asked my daughter Sri to make these pistachio cookies for the holidays from a cookie book called Indulgence Cookies by Christabel Martin. This is a cute little cookbook with all the right type of cookie recipes – meaning each recipe is made with good wholesome ingredients and nothing complicated. With simple easy to follow instructions, lovely aroma of cardamom, crunch of pistachios, and a little edge from the lemon zest, all this makes a grown up not-too-sweet cookie, perfect to have with a warm cup of tea. Continue reading Pistachio Cardamom Cookies

Holiday Tea at Devi’s

Earlier this week I stopped by my friend Devi’s home for a holiday tea to cheer her up and to get her mind off the pain she is still in from her knee-replacement surgery a few weeks ago.  My Dad and our mutual friend Rose joined me on this afternoon.  Rose and I were determined to get Devi into the holiday spirit and distract her from her discomfort even if it was just for a couple of hours. From the looks of it we accomplished our objective, as Devi seemed to be enjoying herself on this afternoon 😊😀. Continue reading Holiday Tea at Devi’s

Indulgence Cookies. A Fine Selection of Sweet Treats by Christabel Martin

Indulgence Cookies. A Fine Selection of Sweet Treats by Christabel Martin is a darling little cookbook with a delectable selection of cookie recipes. Not too overwhelming, with just the right amount of cookie, bars and biscuit recipes, this cookbook makes a perfect little present for yourself or for anyone who loves to bake with wholesome ingredients. Continue reading Indulgence Cookies. A Fine Selection of Sweet Treats by Christabel Martin

Celebrating Hanukkah at Rose and Dave’s. 2018

Happy Belated Hanukkah!

Hanukkah got over a week ago but the celebrations continued at our friends Rose and Dave’s home this past Sunday. Our annual Hanukkah gathering is always a fun evening with good company, good food, and good cheer 😊😋😀🍾🍷!  Here is a look at this year’s Hanukkah celebration at Rose and Dave’s place. Continue reading Celebrating Hanukkah at Rose and Dave’s. 2018

Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Want to give homemade granola over the holidays? Try making this variation of granola with the sweet aroma of cardamom. If you like the exotic flavor of cardamom, this will become your new favorite granola. To make this recipe easy I made my granola with already roasted cashews and pistachios and just added them at the end after the granola was toasted. Very easy and delicious this granola recipe is and if you love having granola with Greek yogurt in the mornings, then this will surely add an exotic twist to your morning granola routine. Give it a try! Continue reading Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Tastes, Tales and Traditions by the Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children Benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

Like beautiful paintings, a few nostalgic stories, and a lot of old fashioned recipes with proceeds from all sales going to benefit a children’s hospital?  Then this book is for you. Tastes, Tales and Traditions presented by the Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital is a wonderfully original and beautiful cookbook that. I picked up when visiting the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California. for their Spring Garden Tour. Folks, this is one outstanding cookbook. Continue reading Tastes, Tales and Traditions by the Palo Alto Auxiliary For Children Benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

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