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Creamy Burrata Cheese with Caramelized Leeks and Onions

Good Thursday to you all.  Are you missing going out to your favorite restaurant? Sitting over a relaxing meal with family and friends over candlelight? We may not be able to go to our favorite restaurants and sit together just yet, but we can at least try and bring a piece of it home to enjoy.  Enter this restaurant-inspired recipe. I call it restaurant inspired because I can picture one of our little Italian restaurants serving this at the table for everyone to enjoy.  In fact, that’s the best way to have this appetizer, all sitting together around a coffee table or in the garden with a chilled glass of drink, chatting and partaking of baguette slices spread with this creamy burrata appetizer. Continue reading Creamy Burrata Cheese with Caramelized Leeks and Onions

Friday Flowers. Sugar Snap Pea Blossoms & Snap Pea Stir Fry

Happy Friday!

In the garden this week my focus continued on winter pruning.  I moved up to my veggie patch to prune my rose bushes and to see how my veggies were doing, and boy was I surprised to see them thriving.  Here is a look at my veggie patch with its pea shoots, green peas, and super greens. Continue reading Friday Flowers. Sugar Snap Pea Blossoms & Snap Pea Stir Fry

Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Mutias are steamed dumplings that are a specialty in the western state of Gujarat in India. These dumplings are made with day-old rice, chickpea flour, shredded vegetables, fresh cilantro, ginger, and a few spices. This combination of ingredients is mixed together and formed into dumplings, steamed and then shallow fried with mustard seeds. No only are mutias delicious what is surprising is how filling these mutias are; it’s the chickpea flour and rice veggie combination that makes these dumplings a satisfying meal.  Mutias can be served as an appetizer or as a light lunch option with a side salad. Give them a try! Continue reading Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Ginger Shitake Pot Stickers

Shitake mushrooms all cooked with garlic, ginger, and cilantro pesto tastes so good that my mouth is watering as I type this.  I love these pot stickers! An awesome vegetarian recipe for all you dumpling lovers these shitake dumplings will taste like your favorite Chinese restaurant. What makes these dumplings taste so over the top good is the dried shitake mushrooms that have a strong pungent mushroom flavor that you just cannot get from fresh mushrooms.  It doesn’t take a lot of these dried mushrooms to get the unique flavor but trust me when I say those 4-5 dried mushrooms make a huge difference. They give the dumplings that restaurant quality flavor.  The other taste I really like in these pot stickers is the pine nut in the stuffing that give a wonderful bite and texture.  These are fabulous dumplings that taste amazing, Give it a try! Continue reading Ginger Shitake Pot Stickers

Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

First off let me just say that greens sautéed in garlic ALWAYS taste amazing.  Add them to pasta, in quiche, in an omelette, mixed in rice, no matter where these delicious greens are added that dish is going to taste wonderful.  It is no surprise then these dumplings should taste so great! Greens such as mustard greens, Swiss chard or kale all sautéed with garlic and a few crunchy snow peas – yummy this veggie mix is! Continue reading Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

Masala Vadas – Yellow Split Pea Lentil Fritters

Vadas are very popular lentil fritters that are made all over India.  Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, vadas are delicious appetizers and snack time treats.  There are as many vada recipes out there as the various types of lentils.  The basic recipe for vada involves soaking lentils in water for a few hours to soften, and then they are ground into a thick coarse batter to which vegetables and spices are added.  The thick batter is then deep-fried.  Vadas are usually served with a side of chutney like coconut chutney.  For those of you living in the South think of these as hush puppies except these are made with lentils. Continue reading Masala Vadas – Yellow Split Pea Lentil Fritters

Puff Pastry Spinach Pie

It’s the holiday season and you are probably heading to a few holiday parties and dinners, and if you are like me you are always wondering what to make for the holiday pot luck gatherings.  That’s why I’ve been posting so many quick and easy recipes that are party worthy to look at and delicious to eat, just like these easy recipes Continue reading Puff Pastry Spinach Pie

Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese and Garlic

What an easy appetizer these stuffed mushrooms are to make!  I got this quick and no fuss recipe from my friend Shalini when I stopped by her place for tea earlier this week when she casually mentioned that she had made stuffed mushrooms for Thanksgiving. The photos she shared looked amazing and the recipe the easiest. I just happened to have all the ingredients at hand and promptly made them right away for a week night appetizer indulgence and these mushrooms tasted as good as they looked in those pictures. Continue reading Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese and Garlic