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Mushroom, Leek, and Gruyere Tart


BUY NOW - The Messy Baker!  BUY NOW - The Messy Baker!  Are you ready for some fun in your kitchen? Please welcome – The Messy Baker! A wonderful debut cookbook by my friend Charmian Christie. I cannot tell how much much I waited for this book! I was one of her recipe testers and her delicious […]

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On Giving Up (Writer UnBoxed)

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    This past week I had the honor of being featured on the amazing WRITER UNBOXED website. I talked about what it feels like when you think you have to give up a dream.. I would love to hear your thoughts on the post.   Here is an excerpt: Last week, I made a […]

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Top Ten Power Dining Spots in Washington D.C.

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  I am so delighted to share some of my favorite power dining spots in Washington, D.C.  I hope you will enjoy the read and do share your favorites with me!   TOP TEN POWER DINING SPOTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. (istock photo)  

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Eggplant with honey and ginger

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This year my book, Modern Spice, celebrates five years! In honor of the book, I will be posting a few recipes over the year. A really simple way to cook eggplant! Eggplant with Honey and Ginger (Thanks Cheryl Sternman Rule for letting me use the photo!) 6 tablespoons vegetable oil (more if needed) 1 medium eggplant, […]

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Red Rice Pilaf


Red Rice Pilaf From the City Cook by Kate Mcdonough  Pilaf with Bhutanese red rice is a nutty and beautiful alternative to traditional white rice pilaf. You can usually find Bhutanese red rice in city markets, gourmet shops, and specialty markets. The most common brand is Lotus Foods, a company that sells other imported and […]

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Spinach and Cheese Pulao


  Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pulao Palak Paneer wale Chawal Adapted from Flavors First by Vikas Khanna Basmati rice pulao with spinach and paneer cheese, seasoned with the aromatic bay leaf has a great balance of flavors. I serve this tasty and hearty dish with raita . Serves 4 to 6 1 1/4 cups basmati rice 1 cup vegetable oil 8 […]

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30,000 reads — “Life of Spice” on WATTPAD


I think this is one of the biggest highlights of my writing career! My humble collection of food essays, titled LIFE OF SPICE, has received over 30,000 reads on WATTPAD. I am very honored and grateful to all those who have read the essays and left such kind comments!   It also makes me really […]

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Health Benefits of Spices by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD


So delighted to have Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD be a guest poster here today. Deanna discusses the health benefits of spices ( a topic you know is close to my heart!). A MUST READ! Indian Spices For the Health of It By Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD I’m excited to be guest blogging for Monica today. I had […]

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The banh mi Handbook


 Buy the book now!!  I cannot tell you who was more excited when Andrea Nguyen’s The Banh Mi Handbook arrived. It was a toss up between my kiddos and myself! We are huge fans of her work and actually admit that the family started eating tofu thanks to her last book! The banh mi handbook […]