Daal Makhani

When my husband and I go out for Indian food, I have a few favorites I like to order—channa masala, garlic naan, and one or two daals. But I still have a glance at the menu, usually on the look-out for something new (to me)—enlivened by chilies and exotic spices that pique my interest. My husband, on the other hand, is… Read More

Indian Spiced Cauliflower Soup with Spiced Granola

I know spring officially started last week, but it’s still a bit chilly where I live so for me, it’s still warm and cozy soup season. Fortunately this creamy cauliflower soup can be eaten during the fall, winter or spring. It’s very tasty and super easy to make. And, as I mentioned in my last post, Cauliflower Steaks and… Read More

Quinoa with Roasted Red and Golden Beets

Ever feel like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done? There are emails to write, healthy recipes to try, the kitchen junk drawer to reorganize, gardening to do, books to read, rooms to tidy…and the list goes on. Sound familiar? Life can be hectic. We’ve got work, errands, kids, and more to keep us busy.… Read More

Ethiopian Berbere

Have you tried Ethiopian food? Packed with rich and flavorful spices, you’re sure to love it. I’m starting a series of posts with a primer on a few building blocks to many Ethiopian dishes. Think of them as vignettes on making an Ethiopian meal. First, an integral ingredient used in Ethiopian cuisine is berbere (behr-ba-rry), a ground Ethiopian spice… Read More

Rustic Parsnip Soup

I’ve had a great time the past several weeks going to the market, picking up interesting winter produce (hard shelled squashes, root vegetables, etc.) and trying new dishes. Recently, I went to the market with the idea of making a very tasty, cozy and comforting cabbage chowder, but then I came across parsnips and sunchokes (Jerusalem… Read More

My Masala Dabba

Last year I decided to invest in a simple tool found in virtually every home in India. I bought a masala dabba or Indian spice box, a simple yet clever way to organize spices. A round stainless steel tin with a tight-fitting solid or glass lid, a masala dabba typically holds seven or more smaller… Read More