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About ds331

A lifelong vegetarian. A foodie. Can there be such a thing? Some restauranteurs don't seem to think so...but many of my veggie friends and family have a little something or two to teach them.

Peanut butter chocolate bars

Warning, these are decadent. And perhaps not a health food. But you can cut them small. But they were a hit of the Christmas party circuit. I recommend freezing or refrigerating them until you are ready to serve them. The inspiration … Continue reading

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Crispy Sweet Potatoes

I discovered a trick to really good oven baked sweet potatoes recently. The microwave. Cooking the potatoes first and then crisping them in the oven leads to really good results and in a much shorter amount of time. The microwave … Continue reading

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Kale salad with tahini balsamic dressing

The trick here is massaging the kale in olive oil in a ziploc baggie for about 5 minutes. Oh and this recipe is mostly about the dressing–the salad itself is pretty basic. Be creative. 1 bunch of kale 2 T … Continue reading

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Butternut squash and sweet potato tart

We had a little adventure at the beginning of our vacation. My sister in law was still on her vacation, but we were staying at her house. When it came time to make lunch upon our arrival, I realized I … Continue reading

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Maamiyaar’s Soup

This is my mother in law’s recipe (aka my maamiyaar in Tamil). She made it when we were down in Tampa last week and we loved it so we got the recipe and made it again today. Ingredients 1-2 cups … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Thai Curry Soup

This recipe was on our mega Thanksgiving menu. My parents hosted 23 this year…and so I made a triple batch to serve everyone. I’ll just give you the recipe for a single batch though. My inspirations were these: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/thai-curried-butternut-squash-soup/ and http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/thai-red-curry-squash-soup The … Continue reading

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New Years Menu

New year, new posts! Happy 2015 everyone! This year, I’m going to try harder to post once a week. Let’s not call that a resolution…just a goal. Since I’ve been remiss for a few busy months, I’ll give you a … Continue reading

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Pumpkinfest 3: A healthier Pumpkin pie!

If you saw the previous recipe, you’ll know that we still had half of a kuri squash already roasted. What does one do with that? Well, if you’re and have a bevy of visitors traipsing through the house (aka campaign … Continue reading

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Pumpkinfest2: Pumpkin & Faro

Next up in line was the red kuri squash I bought, which was supposed to have a sweet flesh and taste kind of like a pie pumpkin. It was big enough to make 2 dishes–a pie (next up in the … Continue reading

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Pumpkinfest 1: Squash Tart with cornmeal/almond crust

It’s October and pumpkins and squashes are everywhere, so pumpkin & family recipes are on the menu, too. (When did pumpkins go from cool things to carve to “the” thing you must display and cook with all fall/winter long? They … Continue reading

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Huevos rancheros with sweet potatoes and avocado

These aren’t your typical huevos rancheros. This is part of my is pantry/fridge challenge–use up ingredients you have. The ingredients: a sad looking avocado. A sweet potato needing to be used up. Some taco shells that happened to be out. … Continue reading

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Ricotta Coconut pancakes (pantry-fridge challenge #1)

I woke up last Saturday to a note from my husband requesting pancakes for breakfast (for a friend who was visiting). Um ok, I thought…what do we have to make that happen? (not any kind of “pancake mix” (we rarely … Continue reading

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Apricot-Ginger tarts

It was my turn to host book club tonight. We read “The Hundred Foot Journey,” a visual book about an Indian boy who migrates to small town France, becomes a chef in a family Indian restaurant, and then becomes apprentice … Continue reading

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Fig & Stilton Cheese Savories

I love fresh figs in the summer. So I bought a bunch the other day. I also bought an apricot Stilton cheese that I didn’t really like. And then had to come up with something to take to a colleague’s … Continue reading

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Neyyappam Muffins (brown butter coconut & cardamom muffins)

The other day, when my aunt asked me if I was planning to make Neyyappam this weekend, she sparked a new recipe–reinventing tradition, as I like to call it.  Neyyappam is a dessert that Tamilian/Keralan families make for a festival … Continue reading

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Arugula Pesto Pizza

For the bday dinner, we talked about going out for pizza, but when I found out they weren’t going to be available until 9 or 9:30 pm, I decided to make pizzas instead. This one was the favorite. The Crust … Continue reading

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Cherry Almond Dutch Baby Pancakes

I’ve made “dutch baby” pancakes  (Pannenkoeken) before—something I had to try after trips to the Netherlands—but this time, I decided to try making them a little healthier. I used less butter than the original recipes called for, no sugar (just … Continue reading

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Birthday Breakfast Doughnuts

For Neefu’s birthday, I decided to make something a little special–birthday doughnuts. I didn’t really have much time, and not that much by way of ingredients, but I wanted her to wake up to something special, since she’s been helping … Continue reading

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4th of July Fruit Tartlets

We’ve had these 3 boxes of mini filo tart shells in our freezer since April (I bought them to make something for K’s bday but he wanted to use another shell for what I made, so these just sat around). … Continue reading

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Chik’n & Jungle Garden Veggie Saltimbocca

Our garden is going gangbusters. When I went the other day, the tomato plants were out of control, as was the basil and parsley. And there were 4 beautiful long eggplants. So I needed to make something with this stuff. … Continue reading

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