Archive for the Food Category

Mama Likes Meatloaf

As the weather continues to chill me to the bone (50F is cold here in California!), I keep getting the urge to bake. I love the gentle hum of the oven, the warmth it brings to my kitchen, and the delicious food that emerges when

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Bacon-wrapped Dates

It’s holiday party time, and many people get stuck eating the same, sad appetizers and finger-foods. Crackers and cheese, crudités and dips, and lots of sweets. Why not spice up your appetizers with something simple and (gasp!) healthy? Bacon-wrapped dates to the rescue! Yes, I am actually

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Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Hanukkah is almost here, bringing with it blue and white store displays with towers of candles, menorahs, dreidels, candies and cookies, and boxed potato pancakes. Latkes are traditional Hanukkah food (the oil they are fried in represents the lamp oil that miraculously lasted for eight

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A Half-Indian Thanksgiving (and Giveaway!)

First of all, Happy Diwali to all my Indian friends and family! B, the girls and I spent Diwali eating puri and a feast of vegetarian dishes with my in-laws (so delicious!). I hope you all had a wonderful Diwali this year. Now to the

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Jinga (Shrimp) Curry

I haven’t eaten shrimp in a long time. Let’s just say that many, many years ago, I had an unpleasant experience in a foreign country, and I just couldn’t tolerate the taste and texture of shrimp as a result. Maybe I’ll tell that story someday…but

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

I know, I know, you’ve had Brussels sprouts and you don’t like them, right? They are possibly the world’s most reviled vegetable, but I think they have gotten a bad rap. I have served Brussels sprouts to several people who claimed that they didn’t like them,

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Baigan Bhaji…or Spinach with Eggplant and Tomato

Whenever I make an Indian curry, I like to also make some bhaji. In my husband’s family, this term is used to describe leafy green vegetables: bok choy, mustard greens, spinach, etc. While basic Indian greens are tasty and simple to make, I’ve learned to

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Rice Cooker Coconut Chicken and Kale

As a wife/mom of two girls/housekeeper/cook/part-time blogger/chauffeur, I sometimes find that I don’t have as much time as I would like to cook meals for my family. I have been using the slow cooker and the oven more this year to give me more “hands-free”

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Basic Indian Greens

There are so many great vegetables that benefit from Indian-style cooking, but one of my favorites is bok choy. Perhaps it is the mild peppery flavor, or the slightly crunchy texture, or the fact that it goes well with just about any Indian main dish

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes…Broth

Fall is approaching, school is back in session, and people are getting sniffly. Growing up, when I was sick my parents used to make me a bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup, or if I was really lucky, my mom would make some chicken soup

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