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Apple Walnut Spice Cake

This apple spice cake from all recipes.com has to be the moistest cake I have ever made.  I shouldn’t be surprised given that the recipe requires 4 cups of chopped apples which makes a large apple spice cake, perfect to take to a party or for a large gathering at home. Give this recipe a try if you are craving a super moist cake chock full of walnuts and fresh apples. Apple Walnut Spice Cake Continue reading Apple Walnut Spice Cake

Red and Green Swiss Chard Sauté

This is an easy no fuss side dish that is just plain good for you.  Super greens like Swiss chard are packed with nutrients and this recipe uses up a good amount of chard leaves. Leafy greens like chard are full of vitamins and minerals,  They are rich in fiber, rich in calcium, potassium, antioxidants, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin A, rich in folate, and have a good amount of vitamin E. Is there anything more I can add that is good about leafy greens? For more information on leafy greens and their nutrient packed value to our diet take a look at this link  Leafy Greens. How Food Affects our Health from Joybauer.com. Continue reading Red and Green Swiss Chard Sauté

Turmeric Spiced Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have garnered a new wave of popularity in recent years. For decades it seems brussels sprouts were given a bad rap sheet, mainly because of the way they were cooked – usually steamed or boiled and then seasoned with salt and pepper or a cheese sauce 😝. It’s no wonder these vegetables were relagated to the “yuk 😝” pile. But Mom always made brussels sprouts sautéd with a few Indian spices that transformed the little brussels sprouts into a delicious dish.  Continue reading Turmeric Spiced Brussels Sprouts

Potato Curry with Edamame and Tomatoes

I usually make my potato curry with peas or cauliflower and sometimes with bell peppers, this potato curry on the other hand was made with edamame which I thought was rather unusual, but tasted great. This new variation of potato curry is something I had at our friend Padmini’s home for dinner. I asked Padmini to share her recipe and here it is. Continue reading Potato Curry with Edamame and Tomatoes

Eggplant and Pepper Curry

Creamy eggplant, sweet peppers, ginger, garlic and onions all cooked together with tomatoes and spices makes this dish a wonderful vegetable curry to have with chaptis or tortillas. This outstanding eggplant and pepper curry is a dish I had at my friend Padmini’s home for dinner one day 😋.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading Eggplant and Pepper Curry

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies with Chrysanthemum Petals

Our family loves Mexican hot chocolate. That creamy hot chocolate with cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper – yummy 😋!  So when I came upon a hot chocolate recipe in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine that took the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate and transformed it into a cookie, I had to try it. An added bonus is that the ingredients for these cookies are ingredients I usually have in my pantry.

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Purple Potato, Pepper & Baby Turnips Curry

My friend Pallavi made this outstanding Indian curry with purple potatoes, peppers and baby turnips when we went to her and her husband Parag’s place for dinner one Saturday evening.  This combination of vegetables was very unusual for me, but as I found out it wasn’t a veggie combination that Pallavi makes often either. Pallavi explained that she had just picked up these vegetables from the Farmer’s Market and decided to use this rather unusual combination of veggies as the inspiration for her very delicious North Indian spiced curry.  Here is the recipe. Continue reading Purple Potato, Pepper & Baby Turnips Curry

Haricot Verts with Cumin Seeds, Asafoetida and Turmeric

This is my all time favorite way to have haricot vert beans – lightly seasoned and cooked to perfection.  If you are looking for a unique way to serve green beans, this is the recipe to try.

Haricot vert beans also known as French green beans tend to be skinnier than the regular green beans, and because of this, they cook faster and taste fresh even after being lightly sautéed with spices. Hericot vert green beans are so tender that they taste amazing when they are cut into tiny pieces allowing the delicate flavors from the interior of the green beans to come through. Continue reading Haricot Verts with Cumin Seeds, Asafoetida and Turmeric

Toor Daal. Pigeon Peas Cooked in Spices

Toor daal comes in many variations in India, as varied as the country itself, and they all taste great. Creamy yellow lentils cooked so tender they fall apart, all seasoned with spices and served over white rice has a taste that is just heaven.  Most Indian restaurants have toor daal on their menu – sometimes they may just call it yellow lentil soup.

Here is a recipe for toor daal my Mom taught me over three decades ago after returning from a visit to Ahmedabad, India. Continue reading Toor Daal. Pigeon Peas Cooked in Spices

Green Chili and Cilantro Rice with Cauliflower & Peas

My friend Veena is the Rice Queen. I’ve known Veena for over twenty years now and over the years I have had the most amazing South Indian Tamil foods prepared by her. Anything and everything she cooks is outstanding.  One of her specialties is making the most creative rice dishes I have ever had. Her rice dishes are always flavored to perfection and positively delicious.

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