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Shrikhand Creme Fraiche

Shrikhand Creme Fraiche

The memories of of my parents making shrikhand for parties is vivid. They would line our dining table with layers of newspaper followed by layers of freshly washed cotton cloth, a thick layer of plain yogurt and then more cloth followed by paper. This set … read more

Asparagus and Refried Cannellini Bean Quesadillas

Asparagus and Refried Cannellini Bean Quesadillas

Weeknight spring dinner – asparagus quesadilla with homemade ranch dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing with Creme Fraiche

Homemade Ranch Dressing with Creme Fraiche

It’s spring time and the chives in my patio garden have started to grow again after a stagnant winter. As someone who is constantly questioning if she has a black thumb, it’s nice to be reminded that all is not lost. IN fact, all of … read more

Thai Cucumber Relish

Thai Cucumber Relish

My hot take is that the Bay Area’s best food is in the Tri-Valley area. The restaurants may not be as glossy as the ones in San Francisco but so many of my favorite dishes are on the 680 corridor (or close by). This weekend, … read more

Chimichurri Paneer & Roasted Vegetables

Chimichurri Paneer & Roasted Vegetables

I adore the herbaceous, zingy quality of chimichurri. This Argentinian/Uruguayan condiment is traditionally served on steak but as a life-long vegetarian, I’ve found plenty of other uses. When making a traditional chimichurri, finely chopped parsley, either fresh/dried oregano, finely chopped garlic, salt and crushed red … read more

Lemony Spinach Broccoli Soup

Lemony Spinach Broccoli Soup

With the passing of the equinox, spring is in full bloom. The world is filled with little buds and leaves growing bigger. On spring days where it is sunny but still cool, a bowl of soup seems to warm my spirit. Inspired by all the … read more

Spinach Parathas | Palak Parathas

Spinach Parathas | Palak Parathas

Everyone in my family loves spinach parathas. These are lightly pan-fried whole wheat flatbreads flavored with spinach puree and spices. My mother-in-law’s spinach parathas are the best and she always makes them hot for my son when we go to visit. To our delight, there’s … read more

Sewing up a Cross Back Apron

Sewing up a Cross Back Apron

tl;dr: How I customized Purl Soho’s Cross Back Apron for myself and rocked a dinner party. My alteration process included (in case you want to adapt it) Like so many garment sewing projects, I finished this apron just hours before an occasion where I wanted … read more

Patchwork Quilted Coasters

Patchwork Quilted Coasters

I made these gorgeous Aloha themed patchwork coasters from some lovely fabric that I purchased in Maui. I love how they look against the living room coffee table. They are the perfect pop of color to complement our mostly neutral apartment furniture and go perfectly … read more

Vegetarian Friendly Maui

Vegetarian Friendly Maui

Whoever said Maui was a special place was spot on.  In my opinion, it’s one of the most relaxing places in the world.  I love spending time both at the beach but also on the verdant mountainside of Haleakala. As a vegetarian, it can be … read more