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

Sixteen Memorable Stories & Images of 2016

Happy New Year!!
Wish you and your families a wonderful new 2017 filled with laughter and love.

I read many stories and articles, and watched TV and videos in 2016. Some stories were inspirational, memorable or informative that they stuck with me. While some stories made me ponder the world. And then there are those stories, photos, and little video clips that just made me smile or laugh. To celebrate the end of 2016 I have included sixteen (and a few more 😉😊) wonderful articles, stories and images of events that happened in 2016. I hope you enjoy these uplifting stories and that at the end of this post you will have learnt something new and have a smile on your face 😊. This post is long, but the stories are fast reads, and I’ve included links to the original articles so you can read the articles in their entirety. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and enjoy a fun read 😊. Continue reading Sixteen Memorable Stories & Images of 2016

New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Growing up in the South in Texas and Louisiana, one of the New Year’s customs I became familiar with is having black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year. There are many dishes that one can add black-eyed peas to from stews to soups, tacos and burritos to salads and appetizers. For my New Years Day black-eyed pea dish I have chosen to make Black Eyed Pea Fritters. Continue reading New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

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