I love the gentle, yet complex taste of leeks. In omelets, in curries, stews, and soup, leeks make for a more complex set of flavors that boost every dish. I was introduced to this leek and potato soup years ago as a teenager in Europe. I have never been able to reproduce that “je ne … Continue reading
This is a fairly robust and flavorful soup. The key is to roast the vegetables so they caramelize and add that smoky, roasted flavor to the soup. Fresh herbs add a lot of flavors. Use locally available herbs and substitute dry herbs if you must. It can be made dairy free and completely vegan or … Continue reading
On the last day of a family visit, my cousin Cheenu suddenly asked me if he could have guacamole. Living in Ohio, fresh avocado is not on my springtime shopping list. As luck would have it, I was able to find a ripe avocado at Trader Joe’s and was hurriedly able to fulfill his request on … Continue reading
I first learned this recipe from Alan Hooker who ran the Ranch House restaurant in Ojai, CA. Alan liked to serve this chilled with hot boiled potato slices added in the middle, creating a hot and cold experience to go with the sour and salt and dill flavors. I have tried it both ways and … Continue reading
This entire blog and facebook page all got started because I mailed a jar of lemon pickles to my friend Barbara Segal. She’s a wonderful artist and she made me a bright and colorful thank you card that adorns my refrigerator to this day. I loved the bright rich colors and I persuaded her to … Continue reading
Guest Chef Lavanya is back. This time she says it with zucchini. Clearly this is a delightful and flavorful entree that is also a visual treat. Serve with a side of qinoa or brown rice pilaf.
Pickles are the perfect accompaniment to the last course in a traditional south indian meal – thayir saadam (Highly recommended: try the two decoys on thayir saadam). As with most dishes, no two pickle recipes are the same. However, what is common knowledge is that oil is required to make a long lasting pickle. Oil, … Continue reading
Guest Chef Raji Venkatesan seems to have a new camera and has shared this wonderful chaat recipe that is an ideal afternoon snack for her family.
A winning soup for the active lifestyle.