Vanilla Cardamom Chai Latte

Vanilla Cardamom Chai Latte

Happy New Year to all my readers!  As has been the tradition for the past two years, I’m starting 2015 with a cuppa Chai.  This year’s serving of Vanilla Cardamom Chai Latte has a global twist to it.  Anyone who’s experienced over-sweetened pre-packaged ‘Chai Latte’ at a coffee shop knows where I’m going with this… 

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Scrambling for Side Dishes?

Brown Rice Cranberry Salad

While entertaining, I generally have a pretty good idea of the entrées I plan on serving. But finding simple side dishes to accompany the main course sometimes leaves me scrambling for ideas. So, over the years, I’ve come to create and perfect certain dependable simple sides like the ones below. (Images and titles link to… 

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Potato and Cottage Cheese ‘Aloo Paneer’ Pizza

Potato and Cottage Cheese ‘Aloo Paneer’ Pizza

If you’ve never tasted Indian Aloo Paneer, potatoes and cottage cheese stir-fried in spices, I’d suggest you try it out right away.  The non-curry, stir-fry version of Aloo Paneer I’ve prepared in today’s recipe, is as simple as any Indian meal can get… Paneer is one of the few fresh cheeses to hold its shape… 

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Parsi Chicken Bafat, a Good Ole Home-cooked Meal

Parsi Chicken Bafat, a Good Ole Home-cooked Family Meal

This Parsi specialty, to me, brings back childhood memories of family dinners around our cozy dining table. As we kids chatted about our day at school, all five of us would happily soak up the home-cooked goodness of Parsi chicken Bafat, at times made with mutton in place of chicken. Now-a-days, the sight of my… 

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Lavish Spread of Parsi Celebratory Delicacies

‘Parsi Jardaloo Salli Boti’ Apricot and Meat Preparation

Around the world, the Parsi Zoroastrians celebrate New Year this month. Celebrations come easily to us Parsi folk, with our larger-than-life love of food, drink and merriment. Proud of my small community’s awe-inspiring contribution to India in all areas over the centuries, I’m most intrigued by Parsi cuisine’s uniqueness in the colorful Indian culinary landscape…. 

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From Texas to California

Coastal Californian Lifestyle: Golden Gate Bridge

This summer, our family is relocating from Dallas to San Francisco. Sad to bid farewell to a decade of delightful Texas barbecues and chilis, cowboys and rodeos, we’re equally excited to embrace the coastal Californian lifestyle with stunning bay views, multicultural influences and farm fresh food. While I circumvent the joys and challenges of a… 

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