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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 […]

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Saffron and yogurt chicken


For a beautiful presentation, use extra-long skewers and stand them in a slim-necked vase. Sala Kannan thanks for a great shot! Makes 6 servings, 2 or 3 skewers per person 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt, drained* 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger 1 teaspoon fresh […]

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Yogurt Drink with Cumin


Chaas (also called mattha) is a savory dairy drink enjoyed all over India. In this instance, it is made by thinning yogurt with a little bit of water. This recipe was adapted from one by Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal. Sala Kannan, thanks for a great shot   Makes 4 servings 3 cups Greek-style yogurt 1 cup water […]

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Yogurt Rice


The ultimate Indian comfort food: Leftover rice is combined with beaten yogurt and topped with a sizzling tempering of curry leaves, mustard seeds and red chilis. This recipe uses whipped yogurt: Place the yogurt in a bowl and use a fork to mix it well. This incorporates the milk part with the whey and gives […]

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Summer Yogurt Sauce

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If you know anything about me, you know that I love to make simple dishes that are flavorful and dont need a ton of “fussing”. Here is a simple dish using yogurt that can really add a lovely touch to a summer bbq. If you dont have lemon extract, just use the zest of one […]

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Yogurt, without the fuss


Here is my simple recipe for home-made yogurt. Make it, love it, own it. Thanks to Sala Kannan for this photo   Bring about 1 quart of milk to a boil. You can do this on the stove top or in the microwave. Remove from the heat and pour the milk from the pot into […]

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Chickpea Burgers


Adapted from “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery,” by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson (Celestial Arts, 2009). These chickpea burgers are similar to a Middle Eastern falafel. But the Americanized version of falafel usually resembles carnival food: they’re often deep-fried. Here the secret ingredient is basmati rice, which holds the […]

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Freak Show Without a Tent by Nevin Martell

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Please join in me congratulating my friend and fellow writer, Nevin Martell, on the release of his terrific new book: Freak Show Without a Tent.  I really adore Nevin’s writing and his sense of humor in particular. This book captures it all. First of all the story is really magnificent and then you put it in […]

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