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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

Fresh Figs with Honey & Ricotta

Light and creamy ricotta cheese infused with a hint of Vanilla and orange zest, then topped off with fresh plump figs drizzled with honey and roasted pistachios. Seductive, delicious, and satisfying this dessert is. This dessert looks so glamorous and tastes so good that I’m excited to share how easy it is to make. An awesome dessert in just a few minutes. Continue reading Fresh Figs with Honey & Ricotta

Pastini Di Mandorla. Maltese Almond Cookies

Pastini Di Mandorla are popular almond cookies that are a specialty of Malta. These almond cookies were introduced to me by my friend Georgina who is from Malta. Georgina has been dropping off her almond cookies for over a decade, every time my Dad visits us here in California. Once Georgina figured out how much I too loved her almond cookies, she started gifting them for my birthday as well. Honestly, I never bothered to ask her how to make these cookies since I was getting my supply about twice a year. Continue reading Pastini Di Mandorla. Maltese Almond Cookies

Apple Crisp

I had my friends Devi and Rose over last week for a little celebration lunch for our friend Rose’s birthday. On a warm September Friday afternoon I thought I would keep our lunch on the lighter side and made veggie sandwiches, soup, and salad. Devi brought fresh cut fruit and fresh figs from her garden, and since my friend Rose is the queen of baking 😋👑🍪 she was assigned to bring dessert. For our humble lunch Rose brought not just one sweet treat but two! A delectable apple crisp and biscotti. Continue reading Apple Crisp

Spinach & Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Feta and Pistachios

Spinach & Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Feta and Pistachios

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas cut into halves
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 2 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp salted roasted pistachios chopped
  • Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

I have been craving pumpkin spice cake lately even though it’s not Fall. Maybe it’s the Indian summer we had in the peak of winter in February, or maybe it’s because our cool rainy winter temperatures are back in March – just like in Autumn when our temperatures fluctuate from warm to cold, and back to warm and cold. Whatever the reason maybe, one doesn’t need a fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin spice cake, a can of pumpkin flesh will do just fine. On a cold rainy afternoon a pumpkin spice cake with a hot cup of tea ☕️🍰 is the perfect feel good treat 😋. Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of celery soup with creamy hazelnuts? Yup, that’s what makes this soup so yummy and unique. I had this delicious celery soup at my friend Shalini’s home when we met for lunch one afternoon. Creamy celery soup accompanied with a faro salad, some roasted Brussels sprouts on thin pita strips with mint chutney, along with fresh fruit and a cheese board – this lunch was wholesome, nutritious, and packed with flavor. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup

Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Peanut Butter Noodles

Happy Lunar New Year!
The Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in China. Originally it was tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was celebrated over 15 days. During this time families honor their household,  heavenly deities, as well as the family’s ancestors. It was also a time to bring families together for feasting. Continue reading Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Peanut Butter Noodles

Lemon Almond Bundt Cake

A lemon almond cake made with fresh lemons has a taste onto it’s own. I decided to play around with a couple of alternative flours in this lemon cake and the end result was positively delicious. Almond meal and shredded coconut add a wonderful crumbly and crunchy texture to this lemon cake, while the addition of sour cream keeps the cake soft and moist. Truly, I was so surprised how awesome this cake turned out. Even the family thought it turned out great, each person had 2 slices 🍰🍰 😋.  Continue reading Lemon Almond Bundt Cake