Cream of Fennel and Leek Soup

November 9, 2008

When we went to Turkey, we frequented the bar at the Kybele hotel in Istanbul. The bar tender was a laid back, super friendly guy who even let me make my own drinks at the bar! One night, I wanted to try Raki – an anise/fennel flavored Turkish liquor. I took one sip of it [...]

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Brown Rice Pilaf in Acorn Squash Bowls

November 4, 2008

My entire neighborhood is ablaze with fall colors. Everything around me seems to be a brilliant, orange or red. There is no better time than now to bring out that Acorn squash that’s been sitting on my counter. Its the perfect shape and size to stuff with a fluffy, nutty brown rice that smells like [...]

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Spinach and Pinto Bean ‘Mole-chilada’

November 2, 2008

A couple of months ago I went to a Mexican restaurant with my Colombian friend J. When he noticed on the menu that they serve mole, he leaned over and told me that Colombia invented mole, not Mexico. (Fact check: Mole is Mexican! read this). J then proceeded to harangue the wait staff about how [...]

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Sprouted Mung Bean Curry

October 23, 2008

There is nothing like coming home on a cold autumn day to a bowl of steamy, cilantro scented, home sprouted beans. The mung beans take about 3 days to sprout, but are well worth the effort. This curry is great with rotis or rice; but I eat it just as it is. The quantities below [...]

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Sweet Sticky Rice Sushi

October 19, 2008

When we go out to eat sushi we always sit at the sushi bar. Mainly because S likes being perched on high bar stools. Sitting at the sushi bar gives me an advantage too. I can watch the sushi chef to make sure he washes his fishy hands before making my veggie sushi (usually oshinko). [...]

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Curry Leaf Rice

October 16, 2008

I have known my friend, S for nearly 17 years. But it was only a few months ago that I found about about his love of curry leaves. S visited us from New Mexico a few days ago. He came bearing all sorts of goodies from New Mexico – Pinon nuts, jalapeno peanut brittle and [...]

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Kale and Jumping Corn Saute with Chili Lime Salt

October 9, 2008

I like blackened corn, so I was cooking some on my skillet on high heat for this dish. Just then, the big fat fly that has taken up residence in my kitchen appeared. Ive been trying to evict this fly for 4 days now. I even put some sugar by the window, hoping it would [...]

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Chili Lime Salt

October 9, 2008

Chili lime salt is a great way to add interesting flavors to your foods and flavored salts are so easy to make. Try sprinkling  flavored chili lime salt on roasted nuts or popcorn or use in your everyday cooking. Ingredients Kosher Salt – 1/4th cup Paprika – 2 tsp Lime Juice – 1 tbsp Place all [...]

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