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Late Harvest Tomato and Onion Rustic Galette

A rustic galette made with juicy late summer tomatoes all cooked with butter and onions – Mmm Mmm good this simple savory tart is. Seriously folks, the kids and I couldn’t stop eating this tomato tart. To make this delicious tart all I did is take my Mom’s tomato and onion on toast recipe and added it to a pastry dough.  And since this is a tomato tart after all, to keep the juicy tomatoes from sogging up the pastry crust, I lined the pastry crust with sharp cheddar cheese.  That’s it. A delicious tart made with as few ingredients as possible to appreciate the pure simple flavors of tomatoes and onions.  You have to give it a try! Continue reading Late Harvest Tomato and Onion Rustic Galette

Mushroom Zucchini Enchiladas

Summertime brings with it an abundance of beautiful veggies, and zucchini is one of those that grows prolific at this time of year with a large harvest from every plant. Here is a recipe that uses up at least 5-6 zucchinis in a delicious Mexican enchilada. Mildly spiced, veggie-packed, light and delicious these enchiladas are, making them the perfect summertime dish.  These enchiladas are on the lighter side as I only stuffed them with zucchini and mushrooms and a light dusting of cheese.  Since zucchini is mostly water one doesn’t feel weighed down after having these delectable enchiladas, so go ahead have two helpings if you like!  Continue reading Mushroom Zucchini Enchiladas

Pasta Pomodoro with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Pasta Pomodoro with fresh tomatoes and basil has to be the easiest and most delicious of Italian pastas.  It’s hard not to like the pure feel good flavors of fresh tomato, garlic, and basil all tossed in a pasta with olive oil. Positively comfort food this dish is. In summer when fresh juicy plump tomatoes are in abundance in the garden and at the Farmers Markets, pasta pomodoro is the perfect dish to highlight the glorious tomato.  Continue reading Pasta Pomodoro with Fresh Tomato and Basil

Nasi Ulam. Malaysian Herb Scented Rice Salad

Nasi Ulam is a type of Malaysian rice salad made with a variety of fresh herbs and an Asian dimension that comes from toasted coconut and coconut oil. It’s fresh tasting, filling, and easy to make. An added allure is a lovely basket of fresh picked herbs. Perfect to make ahead and take to a party or for a barbecue in the garden, give this beautiful summer herb-inspired rice salad a try!  Continue reading Nasi Ulam. Malaysian Herb Scented Rice Salad

Warm Moong Beans with Fresh Mint and Turmeric

Moong beans are one of the healthiest dishes around. Packed with nutrients, low in calories, filling, and extremely healthy, this dish is a super food for vegetarians.It’s so good for you that many times it’s made as a side dish to go with any Indian meal. Continue reading Warm Moong Beans with Fresh Mint and Turmeric

Cantaloupe and Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Feta and Pistachios

This is a sweet refreshing salad with the cheesy tang of fresh feta and a mustardy vinaigrette. Cantaloupe adds not only a fruity flavor in this salad but also gives the salad some heft.  Then add in thinly sliced sugar snap peas, thinly sliced onions and cucumber and this becomes a delicious salad that is sweet, fruity, crunchy and tangy.  Served with some crusty bread and a chilled glass of anything drink, this makes for a wonderful light Sunday salad dinner on any hot sweltering summer evening. Continue reading Cantaloupe and Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Feta and Pistachios

Toasted Almond Cardamom Ice cream with Mint and Almond Liqueur

Almond and cardamom together in a recipe is nothing new to me as I have made many Indian sweets with these two ingredients, so I knew this combo would taste wonderful in an ice cream, but mint on the other hand is a new addition and I was dubious about adding it to this combo.  This combination of flavors might sound unusual together but they actually taste really good in this ice cream. I would even venture to say this is an avant garde ice cream with flavors that are not typically seen together.  Surprisingly though mint tastes wonderful in this ice cream as it adds a burst of unexpected minty freshness to the cardamom spice and almond flavors.  It doesn’t take much to infuse the mint flavor as just a hint is all you need to give the ice cream that perplexed “I wonder what that flavor is 🤔?” type of reaction.  Give it a try! Continue reading Toasted Almond Cardamom Ice cream with Mint and Almond Liqueur

Jazzed Up Store Bought Marinara Sauce with Garden Fresh Herbs

What can turn a simple store-bought jar of marinara sauce into something gourmet?  Fresh herbs from the garden! This is a quick and easy recipe for a flavor packed marinara sauce that requires minimal work. When my daughter Anjali made this marinara sauce to go with her fresh homemade pasta, she added over 2 tbsp of fresh thyme, 2 tbsp of fresh oregano, and 2 tbsp of fresh chives. I tell you folks; all these herbs really enhance the marinara sauce to another level. The sauce tasted so good that Anjali said it reminded her of my homemade marinara sauce– that’s a compliment folks! Because my homemade marinara sauce takes hours to make, while this one just took 15 minutes! Continue reading Jazzed Up Store Bought Marinara Sauce with Garden Fresh Herbs

Mixed Berry Julep

My daughter Anjali made this refreshing mixed berry julep for our Father’s Day dinner last Sunday that was deliciously summer. With loads of fresh berries, lots of mint leaves, sugar and fresh lemon all muddled together to bring out the berry juices; and then mixed with chilled ginger ale – oh my gosh just listing all the ingredients makes my mouth water 😋! I have to ask Anjali to make it again! Continue reading Mixed Berry Julep

Just add Cream. Kale and Leek Pasta with Green Onions and Cherry Tomatoes

My eldest daughter Sri made this creamy pasta for Mother’s Day that turned out really good. With loads of kale, leeks, green onions and cherry tomatoes, and a little cream this tastes like a creamy pasta primavera type of dish. There is nothing fancy in this pasta except for good for you greens, veggies, and a touch of cream. Add garlic and black pepper for some spice, Parmesan or goat cheese for some tang, and the end result is a simple pasta that tastes positively gourmet. Give it a try! Continue reading Just add Cream. Kale and Leek Pasta with Green Onions and Cherry Tomatoes