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Kale and Shallot Risotto

I had just picked a basket full of fresh kale from my veggie patch and wanted to cook something delicious that same day for dinner. I asked the kids what they were in the mood for – kale pasta? kale paneer curry? or kale risotto? The answer was a unanimous “Kale risotto please!”  Kale risotto it was for evening dinner. Continue reading Kale and Shallot Risotto

Creamy Chèvre on Baguette with Fig Jam

Artisanal creamy cheese topped with fig jam on a baguette, it’s a positively decadent combination. This is the easiest appetizer to pull-off with the most luxurious of results. Our friend Shelley brought this delectable cheese appetizer to a holiday party that tasted and looked amazing. Most of the fun in making this appetizer is shopping for the ingredients. Selecting the right creamy cheese, picking up a sweet fig jam, and grabbing an awesome baguette  – this is a great opportunity to try something new and have fun with it! Pick a cheese that is spreadable and packed with flavor for this wonderful appetizer. Any type of soft flavorful creamy cheese such as Blue Cheese, Brie, Camembert, Chèvre, or Gorgonzola will work. Continue reading Creamy Chèvre on Baguette with Fig Jam

Artichoke & Jalapeño Cream Cheese Sandwich

I made this artichoke jalapeño cream cheese sandwich for lunch more times than I can count when my eldest daughter Sri was in high school. Once Sri went off to college I stopped making these sandwiches completely, there was no need. Then recently while shopping at Costco I came across a tub of the same artichoke jalapeño spread I used to use in those sandwiches – which was LaTerraFina chunky artichoke and jalapeño dip, and I got a craving for those cream cheese sandwiches I used to make. I picked up a tub of LaTerraFina artichoke and jalapeño dip and all the necessary ingredients for that nostalgic sandwich and made it for lunch recently, they tasted just as delicious as I remember 😋. Continue reading Artichoke & Jalapeño Cream Cheese Sandwich

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Rather than have the family binge on some cookies and crackers on a Sunday afternoon I made this roasted cauliflower dish for a late afternoon snack which the entire family devoured 😋. I picked up this recipe watching an old episode of Ina Garten’s show Barefoot Contessa on Food Network channel. The episode was all about vegetable side dishes, and this cauliflower dish caught my attention because it was so easy to make and looked scrumptious. It involves just roasting cauliflower and then melting Parmesan cheese over the florets. How easy is that? The best part of this cauliflower dish is how awesome it tastes!! Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower by Ina Garten. Continue reading Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry


  • 3 bunches of Swiss chard – about 6-8 cups finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste or shredded fresh ginger
  • 1 block paneer or tofu cut into small chunks
  • 1 green chili – seeds removed and cut length wise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Oil

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Broccoli White Cheddar Soup & The Watercolor That Got Me Hooked on it

Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California is a historic mansion and gardens that offer a wide variety of enrichment classes on painting, drawing, botanical sketches, and high-end floral arrangements. I chose to take their watercolor painting class as it was a short two-day class and more than anything I really wanted to attend a class at the beautiful Filoli Gardens in early spring when their daffodils are in bloom. Continue reading Broccoli White Cheddar Soup & The Watercolor That Got Me Hooked on it

Tomato & White Cheddar Soup

Tomato & White Cheddar Soup


  • 2 15oz cans stewed or crushed tomatoes in juice
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour or any nut flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp herbs such as thyme, rosemary or chives.
  • 2 slices of bread for croutons
  • 1/4 cup cream

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Zucchini Lemon Soup

The inspiration for a lemon zucchini soup was my abundance of lemons. Loads of lemons in baskets were forcing me to get creative with using them in my cooking. Since it was a Sunday and I always make soup for dinner on Sunday I made sure my soup whichever soup I made had lemons. This zucchini lemon soup is what I conjured up. It’s light and delicious with fresh lemon flavor and lots of vegetables. The entire family devoured this zucchini soup, I mean having two bowls each and cleaned the pot out completely, not leaving anything behind. They loved this soup 😋.  I hope you will too. Continue reading Zucchini Lemon Soup