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Indian Oats Upma


If you think a book on oatmeal is going to be boring or ho-hum or nothing to call home about, let me stop you right there. Kathy Hester has written a book that will forever change the way you look at your morning oats!  OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy […]

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Cauliflower Sautéed With Turmeric and Rosemary


Cauliflower Sautéed With Turmeric and Rosemary by Monica Bhide developed for AARP-The magazine and AARP.ORG Serves 4 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 small head cauliflower, broken into florets 1 teaspoon turmeric Leaves from 1 sprig rosemary Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted 1 teaspoon smoked […]

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A pinch of this, a handful of that


BUY NOW - A Pinch of This, A Handful of That   A Pinch of This, A Handful is a terrific book by a well-known Indian food writer Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal. I have known Rushina for a long time and have even attended some of her cooking classes in Mumbai. The book is just like her — full of […]

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The Jewelled Kitchen

Sarka Babicka

BUY NOW — The Jewelled Kitchen  The Jewelled Kitchen   is a book that I fell in love with quite by chance.  I was sitting at the home of a friend and this book was on her coffee table. I began to read through the gorgeous book and it took me back to my childhood spent […]

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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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Eggplant with honey and ginger

Eggplant - Photo courtsey Cherly Sternman Rule

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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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 […]