Happy Chinese New Year 2017 – Year of the Rooster & Some Fascinating Info on Chickens

Happy Chinese New Year!
2017 – The Year of the Rooster

January 28, 2017 is Chinese New Year. In China, Chinese New Year is celebrated over a course of a few weeks to ring in the New Year. During the celebrations families get together with large feasts, some visit their hometown villages, and visit with friends to wish them prosperity and good luck in the coming year. Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year 2017 – Year of the Rooster & Some Fascinating Info on Chickens

Bringing the Joy of Nature Indoors

I love nature. Gardening, going for drives to check out beautiful scenery, visiting farmers markets, going for walks, these are all things that I love to do. I drag my family with me to all these activities, and despite their initial grumbling, they come along and end up having a great time.

Just as we get a natural high and feel great when we are out in nature, (Check out my earlier article on the positive effects of nature on our well being and health titled A Natural High), the same is true when we bring nature inside as well. Continue reading Bringing the Joy of Nature Indoors

Bouquets to Art 2017 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California

Last April, I went to de Young Museum’s Bouquets to Art exhibition in San Francisco, California, and what a spectacular show it was! It truly was like nothing I had ever seen before. Floral arrangements that mimic artwork at the de Yong Museum’s permanent collection?  What a novel idea and positively amazing!

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Simple Quesadilla

This is my go-to recipe when I want to make a quick quesadilla. Every time I’ve served this simple quesadilla to family and guests I’ve always received a “Wow, this is delicious” reaction.  I’ve made fancy variations of this recipe by adding sautéed mushrooms and roasted veggies and other condiments, I’ve even added fresh chopped tomatoes, but honestly, I don’t get that unanimous “Wow” reaction that I get when I make my original simple quesadilla.  What makes it so good is the minimal amount of ingredients in it. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Simple Quesadilla

Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. A harvest inspired vegetarian feast.

After days and weeks of solid good rain here in Northern California, we finally see some sunshine 😊🌞.  It seriously feels like spring – Not! Birds are chirping as if it is spring, little do they know that rain and cool temperatures are coming back very soon – within a few days 🌧.

But as far as celebrating weather goes, it is the perfect warm weekend here to celebrate a farming harvest festival called Shankranthi which is observed all over India on January 14th. Continue reading Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. A harvest inspired vegetarian feast.

Braised Warm Sugar Snap Peas & Edamame Salad

Warm Sugar Snap Peas & Edamame Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar snap peas roughly cut in halves. About 8 oz of sugar snap peas
  • 1 cups shelled edamame beans. I buy mine frozen and already cooked from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 1/2 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper

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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili
makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 8 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 large onion chopped (1 1/2 cups onions)
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers – or 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery about 1 stalk
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots – 1 carrot
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped – 4 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 bay leaves if you have
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano but not needed
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Avocado for garnish
  • 1 cup Sour cream for garnish
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese for garnish

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Feta Cheese Bruschetta with Thyme & Red Onions

I was invited to a holiday tea back in December at my dear friend Radhika’s place and what a fun time we had. Radhika’s home was beautifully decked for the holidays and so warm and welcoming that I just didn’t want to leave on this cool winter afternoon.

For tea Radhika had made a delicious warm feta cheese bruschetta. Here is a look at this simple yet decadent winter-inspired tea. Continue reading Feta Cheese Bruschetta with Thyme & Red Onions

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