I love the holidays and Christmas time. I absolutely love it, love it, love it. There is nothing more festive than the December holiday season. I can’t think of any other time of the year when the entire country gets in on the celebrations. Almost every mall, shopping plaza, neighborhood, street, and home is decked with lights and holiday decor. Even if one is not into celebrating the holidays, you can’t help but smile when you see shimmering Christmas lights everywhere or little kids excited faces looking forward to Santa’s visit. Continue reading I Love the Holidays!
It’s November 30th and with the festive holiday season upon us, I thought I would do a take on the 25 Days of Christmas that a few of our TV stations put on every year, where for 25 consecutive days in December a Christmas movie is aired on TV until Christmas day. Except in my version I am publishing a post a day until Christmas day. Continue reading 25 Days of Recipes, Posts and Stories
I love gardening. Because I feel great after I’ve been out in the garden, I’ve assumed it’s good for me. When I am restless or a little down I just step outside to get some fresh air, I walk in my garden, prune a few bushes, water a few pots, or cut a few blooms; this has always calmed me down and brought me out of my funk. I come back in with a dose of Natural High that gets me motivated to get things done. There is something very therapeutic about being out in nature. Continue reading A Natural High
Wishing you and your families many warm and loving sharing moments on this very special holiday.
On this Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to convey my heartfelt thank you to all my blog readers and followers. Thank you for taking the time to read what I write and publish, for all your comments, and for your encouraging words. I truly appreciate it. Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
I love Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Bar. It’s my favorite chocolate. I thought about making some at home but decided it was best to leave it to Cadbury’s to make it the way they do – just perfect. Instead I decided to make a more adult fruit and nut bar with dark chocolate and some of my favorite dried fruits and nuts like apricots, pistachios, and candied ginger. I also added saffron to give the chocolate an exotic flavor. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger
This is a variation of stuffed peppers that I like to make with a frozen vegetable mix called Southwest Blend. This frozen veggie mix is really good, it has bell peppers, black beans, corn, poblano peppers, and roasted onions. With this combination of veggies you really don’t need to chop a whole lot of veggies. I took my cue for the seasoning for the stuffed peppers from the Southwest mix which has a Mexican slant to them.
It’s Fall and butternut squash can be found everywhere in the grocery stores. Even the restaurants around town have butternut squash as a main staple in a lot of their dishes. A popular item on menus is butternut squash soup. There are so many variations of this recipe. I’ve had an Asian inspired soup with coconut milk and curry powder, I’ve made a recipe that involved just cooking the squash in broth with herbs, I’ve had versions that included sweet potato in the butternut squash soup, and a version with carrots. But the recipe that is my all time favorite is this Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Soup. I like how the squash and red onions caramelize in the oven so beautifully which gives the entire soup a lovely brown sugary sweet flavor. Continue reading Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Soup
This mushroom dish is a perfect dinner option on a cool evening. It tastes wonderful over hot steaming rice, quinoa or couscous. I used shredded paneer cheese in this mushroom curry, but you could easily substitute paneer with shredded chicken or any meat of your choice. Continue reading Mushroom Curry with Shredded Paneer Cheese
Greens, Grapes and Avocado Salad
Makes 4 servings
- 2 Avocados cut into wedges
- 2 bags of super greens or a mix of spring greens. About 4 cups
- 1 bunch of red grapes – 8 grapes cut in half, 8 grapes left whole
- 1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp roasted salted pistachios
- Honey Vinaigrette. Here is a link to my basic Honey Vinaigrette
This is a sweet dressing that tastes really good in any salad that has fresh fruit or even dried fruits. If you make salads with apples, peaches, apricots, pears or mangos, this is the perfect sweet and sour dressing to bring out the fruit flavors. Continue reading Honey Vinaigrette