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Cheddar Parmesan Caramelized Onion Baguette

My daughter Rani loves caramelized onions and tries to incorporate them in any dish she creates.  She also loves garlic and as she informed me lately she prefers them cut into thick slivers so we get a garlicy slice in every bite.  With these thoughts in mind she created this appetizer style cheesy baguette with caramelized onions and garlic. Continue reading Cheddar Parmesan Caramelized Onion Baguette

Creamy Burrata Cheese with Caramelized Leeks and Onions

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. 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. 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! 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