Pepper Cabbage Broccoli Salad

This morning I was feeling particularly creative and in the mood for something light and fresh….so I took on my own modified version of an Asian noodle salad. It was fairly quick to assemble and made enough salad for 5-6 people. The salad dressing combines rice vinegar, sesame oil, agave nectar and pepper. The sesame…

Kiwi Quinoa Salad with Za’atar

This is another one of those fabulous summer salads that you and your guests will devour in no time! I often visit the local farmers’ market on the weekend to buy local produce. This past weekend I purchased a number of ripe kiwi fruit and this spice mix called za’atar. Za’atar is this lovely spice…

Corn, Quinoa & Potato Handva

I’ve been wanting to make variations of this snack/side dish for months, if not years. So I finally bought a Tarla Dalal cookbook and decided to try one of her Handva recipes. Handva is pretty much spelled phonetically. It is a savory cake originally from the state of Gujarat, India, that can be baked or…

Quinoa Salad

So it starts again….it’s a rainy Sunday in May and a perfect day to cook. The roses are in full bloom and they are so fragrant and colorful – I can’t help but cook colorful food! Quinoa (Pronunciation: \ˈkēn-ˌwä, kē-ˈnō-ə\ per the MW dictionary) is a seed with a protein punch. It cooks really quickly…

Challah

Challah, which I recently learned is pronounced ‘hallah’, is a bread traditionally made for the Jewish Sabbath.  I decided to try making Challah for the first time because the recipe appears to be fairly simple (as far as bread making is concerned) and it’s described so wonderfully in my recipe book. Besides, there’s nothing better…

Buttermilk Corn Bread

Today, I was craving some fresh baked bread to go along with dinner. Of course, you must know that there’s no such thing as instant bread. Most real breads take hours or a day to ferment and build flavor, then rise and bake. So I found a recipe for cornbread and it turned out to…

Panch Puran & Butternut Squash

This recipe comes to you without much commentary. It’s an easy and quick way to cook butternut squash and is absolutely divine with the 5 spice mix called ‘panch puran’. “Panch” means five in hindi. Puran means ‘whole’ since the spices are not ground, they are whole. This is a recipe that I learned from…

Quinoa Whole-Wheat Muffins

Yesterday, I tried this muffin recipe that I got from a work colleague. I adopted the recipe from the book ‘The Bread Bible’ by Beth Hensperger. These are hearty savory muffins. They are more like a mix between bread, muffins and biscuits except that they don’t take hours to rise or make and contain ingredients with a low glycemic index…

Magic Cookie Bars

(Picture being replaced). I can remember the first time I ate these mouthwatering cookie bars – sometime around the age of nine but somehow at that age, I didn’t care for them. I think my sister liked these first. Of course, I make them a couple decades later and I actually cannot resist them. They are…

Apple and Potato Galette

A galette is a French round flour based pancake that can be filled with a variety of fillings. This particular recipe is called Apple and Potato Galette, but is more like a giant apple and potato hash brown pancake. Either way, it’s tasty and filling and goes perfect with brunch. I adopted the recipe from…

Fudge-like Brownies

There’s absolutely no need to provide any rationale for making fudge-like brownies, is there? When I was in the Brownies in 3rd grade, we made the most incredible fudge recipe ever. I, unfortunately, only had one piece of that incredible fudge and never remembered or located the recipe – so I only have the memory…

Paneer Tikka Masala

Recently, I came across a spice called mace. It’s called javentri (or it’s phonetic equivalent) in hindi. I know this because I bought the powder at an Indian store. It smells sort of similar to nutmeg but is still unique. Actually nutmeg and mace come from the same tree and the same nut. Nutmeg comes…