Archive for the Food Category

Boiled Peanuts

Until I got married, the only type of peanut I had ever tasted was packaged in a blue-topped can with a top-hatted peanut smiling at me from behind his monocle. Dry roasted and salted, these peanuts were a snack staple, especially at my grandparents’ house.

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Dad’s Ribs

One of the best things about summer is barbequing and savoring all the yumminess that comes off a grill. I still haven’t done much actual grilling myself, but B has become quite good at it, and we enjoy all kinds of meats while the weather is warm.

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Tomato Chutney

Every visit to the farmer’s market makes me so thankful that I live in a place where fresh, local produce is available year-round. I especially love summer and fall because of the incredible variety of fruits and vegetables that are available. We are nearing the

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Spiced Okra

I’m enchanted by vegetables. Bet you don’t hear that everyday! Now don’t get me wrong: I’m most definitely an omnivore, and I enjoy meat for most meals on most days, but vegetables are much more interesting and enjoyable for me to prepare and eat. I

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Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil–Review and Giveaway!

Updated 8/29/12–This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Dawn Tice–congratulations! I love coconut oil! I have been cooking with it almost exclusively for about a year now, and I must say, it lends itself well to all things Indian. Now, not all coconut oils

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A Chinese Okra by any other name…

…would still be a crazy looking vegetable. But oh, so tasty! My in-laws call it turai, which is what I called it before I knew there was another name. When I saw some at my local farmer’s market, I asked one of the vendors and

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Karela (Bitter melon)

I’m all for trying new things. My philosophy is that I will try (eating) anything once, and I have discovered some delicious food over the years that I might have missed if I were less adventurous: raw quail eggs, goat curry, fried pickles, and kombucha,

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Tomatofest

When we bought our house and had the backyard landscaped, we included a raised vegetable bed so that we could grow some veggies and also have some outdoor seating. The first thing we grew was tomatoes. When H was two, she refused to eat tomatoes;

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Sweet Potatoes: Not Just a Super Food

My kids love sweet potatoes. I mean, they really, really love them. They would eat them multiple times a day, every day (but as a fan of variety, I limit their intake to about one a day).  I always have several varieties of this terrific

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Stovetop Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken, when done right, is one of the most delicious things on earth. In Indian restaurants, it is marinated in spices and (often) yogurt, then cooked in a tandoor. The result is bright red, smoky, juicy, spicy chicken. My mouth is watering as I

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