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Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Spinach and arugula salad with persimmons, orange & pomegranate is a delicious salad I had at a holiday party with a group of wonderful gals recently. One of our friends Deb brought this colorful salad that was so beautiful that I almost felt bad taking some of the salad and disrupting the lovely presentation. Continue reading Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette is a recipe I collected from my friend Deb whom I recently saw at a holiday luncheon where she had brought an arugula and spinach salad with persimmons, orange, and pomegranate for our lunch soiree.  This salad tasted outstanding! Not only was the combination of salad greens and fruit perfect, the dressing made the salad taste even better. Continue reading Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad is a dish that our friend Van brought to our mutual friends Dave and Rose’s dinner gathering that I absolutely couldn’t get enough of. I must have had two to three plate full’s of this salad. I liked it so much that I wanted to ask Van for her recipe, but I really didn’t need to, as it had just four wholesome ingredients – baby spinach, red quinoa, sunflower seeds, and persimmons; all tossed in a simple vinaigrette. Continue reading Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Warm Apple Ginger Cider

Warm apple ginger cider is a cider that is served during the winter months at our local bakery Manresa Bread here in Los Gatos, California. Their hot apple cider has to be my daughter Anjali’s all-time favorite drink. Any time Hitesh stops by the bakery to pick up pastry or bread he comes home with Manresa’s apple ginger cider for Anjali. She could drink this all year long if only Manresa would sell it all-year round. But alas it is only available in the winter months. So what does Anjali do the rest of the year when she craves apple ginger cider? I make it at home. With warming fresh ginger, slices of fresh orange, and sweet cinnamon  – apple ginger cider is the perfect drink on a cool afternoon at any time of the year! Give it a try! Continue reading Warm Apple Ginger Cider

Persimmon Picking in Silicon Valley

Last week I went persimmon picking with my friend Basanthi and my daughter Rani to a persimmon farm right here in the middle of Silicon Valley.  Seriously, when I say this farm is smack in the middle of Silicon Valley, it really is! This persimmon farm has been here long before Silicon Valley got formed and tech companies started building all around the farm. Today it is the only farm in the middle of hundreds of tech companies right off Hwy 880 and Montague Expwy – which is a funny sight to see! I only know about this farm because for years my friend Basanthi has been dropping off the most luscious, crunchy, sweet giant Fuyu persimmons from this farm. Continue reading Persimmon Picking in Silicon Valley

Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Drops with Chrysanthemum Petals

Here is an easy recipe for dark chocolate flavored with candied ginger and orange peel. The flavors of orange and ginger are so good together in a ginger vanilla orange pound cake that I figured this flavor combination would taste awesome in dark chocolate as well. It’s delicious 😋. Then to add some fall color I sprinkled chrysanthemum petals which really transformed the chocolates into something beautiful. Try it! Continue reading Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Drops with Chrysanthemum Petals

Herbed Greek Yogurt with Crunchy Fruit & Granola

Our family loves Greek yogurt with berries and granola. It’s our go-to breakfast and many times we even have it as an afternoon snack too. With fall upon us and crunchy fruits like apples and persimmons in abundance let me share another variation of Greek yogurt parfait. This version perks up Greek yogurt with fresh herbs from the garden. Sweet herbs like mint and basil add a fresh unexpected surprise to the Greek yogurt when combined with crunchy fall fruits like apples, Asian pears, and persimmons. Then add a few raisins and fresh grated ginger, all topped with a dirzzle of honey. This will make a delicious fall-inspired crunchy Greek yogurt parfait. Continue reading Herbed Greek Yogurt with Crunchy Fruit & Granola

Persimmon Salad

This is a perfect make-ahead salad that is easy and delicious. Mix all the ingredients with a vinaigrette and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  The only question in this persimmon salad is “to arugula or not to arugula.”  Meaning, the salad can be had with or without the greens, it will taste great either way.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading Persimmon Salad

Rum Raisin Cake

I love Haagen Daz’s Rum Raisin ice cream – the original!  Hitesh and I have been hooked on this ice cream ever since we first met almost thirty years ago at University of Texas in Austin. Our inexpensive indulgence on our starving student’s budget was a pint of rum raisin ice cream that we would share and finish off in one go. Today, we feel guilty having more than a scoop of ice cream, we are much older and our metabolism has slowed down 😞 yet we can’t resist this ice cream.  Craving rum raisin ice cream but not wanting to stop by the grocery store and get some, I thought I would try making a rum raisin flavored cake. Why not?  It has all the rum and raisin flavor of the original ice cream but in a cake form.  The cake turned out awesome! If you like rum raisin ice-cream you will love this rum raisin cake. Give it a try! Continue reading Rum Raisin Cake

Apple Zucchini Salad

Apples are in abundance everywhere I look this fall season. I’ve already made an apple crisp, and apple ginger cake, and I’ve been eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away, yet I have lots of apples in my fruit basket. That’s why when I stopped by my friend Rose’s place for lunch to celebrate our mutual friend Devi’s birthday, I came up with a recipe that used lots of apples – an apple zucchini salad. Continue reading Apple Zucchini Salad