Category Archives: Recipes

Indian Spiced Braised Eggplant

Khatti Bhaji Whenever I get eggplant I think about making this dish. If I also have okra, my friends and family are in for an Indian delight. Nothing makes Indian food better than fresh vegetables and good quality oil. 1 medium eggplant, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes and then soaked for 15 minutes or more […]

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Bengal Red Lentil Dal

Bengali Masar Dal   This is my favorite dal recipe, from my favorite Indian cookbook. Pictured also: Okra Braised with Tomatoes, Onions and Spices and Indian Spiced Braised Eggplant   1 ½ cups red lentils (masar dal) 4 ½ cups water 3-6 hot green chilies (optional – serve minced chilies on the side if you […]

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Pesto

This takes no time at all, chuck all this stuff in a food processor: 2-3 cloves garlic 3-4 cups basil (about 1 basil plant), picked and washed ½ cup walnuts or cashews ¼-1/2 cup parsley ½ cup good olive oil 3/4 t salt

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Quinoa Salad with Corn and Black Beans

1 cup of quinoa cooked in 2 cups of water. Bring to low boil then turn down to low for 20 minutes. 2 ears corn, cooked and cut off the cob 1 or 2 carrots, diced 1 bunch scallions, sliced 1 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped 1-2 cups black beans, rinsed 1-2 limes, juiced 1/3 […]

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Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

This is a most delicious devil’s food cake. Combined with raspberries this layer cake is off the chain, as Ben says! 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 ¼ cup boiling water ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

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Chocolate Frosting

1 cup heavy cream 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

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Banana Bread

If I have three super ripe bananas, I just can’t do anything except make Banana Bread (especially if my mom is in town). Cream: 1 stick softened butter ½ cup turbinado sugar (or light brown sugar)

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Granola Protein Bars

This recipe is super delicious, super easy and versitile. Feel free to substitute almond butter for peanut butter or change up the seeds with nuts (if i were using walnuts or other big nuts i would chop them). If you have a little food processor, it is really nice to grind up the oatmeal some […]

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Chinese New Year menu

HAPPY YEAR OF THE DRAGON Last year I cooked up a storm for Chinese New Year. This year I was busy doing other things  (see next post). Chinese New Year menu: Steamed Pork Buns aka Banh Bao Steamed Dumplings with Shrimp and Pork Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce Fresh Vietnamese Summer Rolls Hoisin Sesame Dipping Sauce Spring […]

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Slow Cooked Steel Cut Oats

Get this together before you go to bed and you will wake up to the BEST oatmeal. In a pyrex, ceramic or metal bowl, combine: 1 cup steel cut oats 4 cups water pinch of salt Put the bowl in the slow cooker. Add enough water in the bottom of the slow cooker (under the […]

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