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Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette

If you are looking for an artsy avant garde appetizer that tastes outstanding then this recipe is for you. Sour from the raw mango, sweet from the apples, and delicious from the addition of green chillies and onions. This is the type of unique appetizer that comes from Indians who lived in Morocco and now live here in the Bay Area- a true global background my friend Radhika and her Mom have. Continue reading Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette

Fresh Herbs Herbal Tea

Fresh herbs herbal tea is a refreshing drink that has no caffeine, no sugar, all the goodness of herbs, plus antioxidants to boot. My sister Banu makes a delicious herbal tea from freshly picked herbs from her garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and keeps a bottle of it ready to drink in the refrigerator all summer long.  Continue reading Fresh Herbs Herbal Tea

Georgina’s Rose Petal Jam

Roses are blooming everywhere around town including my garden. When we have this many roses all blooming at once I think of my friend Georgina’s rose petal jam. Every summer my friend Georgina will gift me a couple jars of her homemade rose petal jam made with rose petals from the spring flush of rose blooms. This jam is just out of this world delicious 😋. Our eldest daughter Sri absolutely loves, loves, loves, Georgina’s rose petal jam. Georgina has been dropping off a jar or two of her rose petal jelly every summer for almost 10 years now, and Sri just got hooked on it. As a routine every summer Sri would look in the refrigerator and ask me, “Mom, where is Georgina Aunty’s Rose Petal Jelly?”  As if it is a guarantee that it will be there in the summer time. Sri has been having this jam ever since she was in Middle School (she graduated college now). Georgina has been making her Rose Petal Jam for that many years. Continue reading Georgina’s Rose Petal Jam

Sherry Cake

Not too sweet, with the lovely fragrance of sherry, this is a wonderful cake that is the easiest to make. This sherry cake recipe is my friend Swati’s favorite. She has been raving about it and baking this cake for years. It is one of those cakes that is almost always on her dessert menu when we get together for dinner at her place.  Continue reading Sherry Cake

Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

This recipe is pretty much just 2 ingredients. Lemons and powdered sugar. My friend Iya suggested this preserved lemon recipe when she came over one day and saw the bounty of over 100 lemons I had in a big bowl.

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Iya shared her story of how back in Russia her Mom would make preserved lemons with sugar in mason jars and kept it in the refrigerator over the winter months until the lemons became tender. On days when Iya was sick her Mom would make a warm tonic with the preserved lemon syrup that did wonders for a child who was ill. Iya encouraged me to give it a try and I thought why not? While I was at it I made another preserved lemon mason jar with another great ingredient for our health – ginger. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Preserved Lemons with Powdered Sugar

Rose’s Rockin Granola

I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola?  For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola

All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake

The term fruitcake usually conjures up images of a heavy dense cake that is cloyingly sweet with bad quality dried fruits and fake syrupy candied fruits, all soaked in alcohol. This has always been my impression of fruitcake because over the years I have tried them all, and they have all – I hate to put it this way – but they all taste grossly teeth tingling sweet 😝.   So when my friend Basanthi told me she had an amazing fruitcake recipe that she makes every year over the holidays with our mutual friend Lakshmi, I was needless to say very skeptical. Continue reading All-Natural Christmas Fruitcake

Tiramisu

A dessert in 15 minutes?  I couldn’t believe how fast we made this classic Italian dessert- tiramisu. This tiramisu recipe is from our friends Dave and Rose’s cooking lesson in Tuscany, Italy last Fall. The recipe surprised me with how easy it was to make a delicious and decadent classic Italian dessert.

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