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The Feel Good Essence of Homemade Ghee

There is nothing like the aroma of cooking vegetables, fish, chicken or meats in homemade ghee. Ghee, also known as clarified butter gives any food that you add ghee to an invigorating aroma that has a wonderful feel good effect on our senses. Ghee can be used to cook eggs, vegetables, meat, fish, or even just to add in a warm dish as a flavor enhancer. Sometimes I even toast bread on the pan with some ghee and it tastes amazing.

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Health Benefits of Ghee:

Ghee has been used for thousands of years in India for it’s healthy virtues. Some of the many natural ways ghee can be used range from curing sores, to aid in preventing allergies, and to help decrease inflammation, just to name a few. Continue reading The Feel Good Essence of Homemade Ghee

Edible Flower and Herb Embellished Goat Cheese

For her birthday Rani wanted to hang out with her friends in our garden. The timing was perfect, as I had just attended a book-signing event from authors Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis on their new book Harvest.  I was eager to try something from the book and Rani’s birthday picnic became the perfect opportunity to make a goat cheese recipe with edible flowers and herbs for this soiree.

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The Joy of Herb Gardening

Growing herbs at home is one of the most satisfying gardening tasks there is, and it’s extremely easy too.  As beneficial as herbs are for all of us, what is many times overlooked is the joy that herb gardening brings even before we harvest these herbs for all their healthful uses. Within the large realm of gardening, herb gardening has its own therapeutic effects.

When you are outdoors working in the dirt taking care of herbs, planting, weeding and watching all the bugs, butterflies, and hummingbirds – any stress you have will seep away, even if it’s just for a few minutes you are one with nature.

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Rava Idlis. Steamed Semolina Dumplings

There is something about eating hot-steamed idlis for brunch or lunch that just brings a smile to adults and kids alike in our family. Idlis are a staple in every South Indian home and made very often. The most common idlis are made by soaking lentils and rice together and blended into a batter, then fermented over night, and steamed into dumplings. These are called rice idlis.

There are easier versions of idlis to make in an instant however. My favorite idlis are rava idlis or semolina idlis. These idlis are made with roasted cream of wheat or semolina soaked in yogurt to form a thick batter, and then steamed.

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Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
makes enough stuffing for 40 small ravioli pillows

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely cut shallots – from about 4 shallots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh pasta dough. Here is the link to a pasta dough recipe I posted. Fresh homemade pasta

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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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Fresh Homemade Pasta

This homemade fresh pasta recipe comes to you directly from the heart of Tuscany, Italy via our friends Dave and  Rose. A pasta recipe with just two ingredients? Yes, that’s exactly what this pasta recipe calls for. Just two ingredients! Never ever did I think I could make fresh pasta at home, and that too have it be so easy.  This is an awesome recipe that I got from my friend Rose who actually got this recipe first hand from a local chef in Tuscany, Italy.

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A Weekend in San Francisco. Fort Baker, Fort Mason & The Ferry Building

It was a warm sunny weekend when we went to San Francisco in the end of February and our plan was to relax at Fort Baker, grab lunch at Fort Mason, and stroll by the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge. With a cool breeze and the most beautiful blue skies with puffs of white clouds, the City by the Bay couldn’t have been any more perfect on this weekend. Continue reading A Weekend in San Francisco. Fort Baker, Fort Mason & The Ferry Building