Happy Valentine’s Day! An Italian-inspired Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year – Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.  Kids have school, everyone is at work, but it is Valentine’s Day and no matter what day it falls on, it’s great to make this day that celebrates love, feel special for everyone.

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Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles

Chocolate truffles are the perfect dessert for times when we are craving something chocolaty. This recipe uses dark chocolate so we can eat our chocolate and feel good about it too 😄, especially when you consider that dark chocolate is good for you. Here is a recipe for homemade Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles.

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Cauliflower Leek Soup with Carrots and Thyme

Leeks are a new discovery of mine. I only started using leeks in my cooking as recent as a couple of years ago. To me leeks were just another form of green onions so I didn’t bother with them much. But then Hitesh and Anjali picked up a bunch of leeks from the farmer’s market one day, and asked me to make something with it. I looked up a few recipes and picked the easiest one to make which happens to be soup.

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Savory Scones with Caramelized Onions & Sharp Cheddar Cheese

My friend Rose is legendary among our friends circle for making the best scones.  I’ve had cranberry scones, ginger scones, pumpkin scones, variations with whole-wheat flour, almond flour, cream scones, and savory scones. Be it savory or sweet, Rose makes the most amazing scones! They are all scrumptious!

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Chole. North Indian Spiced Chickpeas

Chole, which is a North Indian chickpea dish from the Punjab region made of chickpeas cooked with onions, garlic and spices is one of the most popular dishes among Indians. Most if not all Indian restaurants have chole on their menu, it’s a staple dish in any Indian restaurant here in America. Most commonly chole is served with a side of batura (deep fried fermented flour tortillas) and a side condiment of raw onions which are put on top of chole and eaten together. When I make chole it is always a treat at our home. Here is a recipe for one version of chole the way I usually make it.

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Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff
makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion finely sliced
  • 6 cups chopped mushrooms any variety
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb pasta or dry wide egg noodles
  • 1 bunch chives finely chopped – about 2 tbsp
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flower
  • 3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, Gouda, or sharp cheddar cheese or a combination.
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and pepper

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