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Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Condiments, International, Salad, Side Dish | 0 comments

Russian  Potato Salad

Russian Potato Salad

I have always loved potatoes in different form. Growing up, my mom would add potatoes to green vegetable dish because we wouldn’t eat the vegetable otherwise. With potatoes, we were willing to give that a try and eventually we started liking some of those vegetables san potatoes. Good trick ha! I do this with my family too. After being in US for as long as I have, I get the impression that potato salad is must have for BBQ events and picnic during summer. Most potato salad I have tasted have mayo, pickles and some common condiments across the board. In most salad, potatoes are left in chunkier cut with the exception of my mother-in-law’s potato salad which we all love in our family so much. Apparently, Russian potato salad takes the liberty to expand on the basic base by adding chopped vegetables and meat (such as cubed ham or turkey if you like).I stayed with the vegetables. Ingredients 2 Russet potatoes 5 baby carrots chopped 1/4 cup chopped green beans 1/3 cup frozen peas...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in NonVeg | 0 comments

Lemon Thyme Cilantro Chicken

Lemon Thyme Cilantro Chicken

Sounds like my opening line these days are, “It’s been a while..” We are couple of weeks into the summer and it has flown by. And I have loved every second of it. Wet summer I would say but who is complaining? I really haven’t paid much attention to food blogging lately and then yesterday I sat down and clicked through some of my favorite food blogs …and realized, I really like this ‘food’ thing, you know? I mean, I still do. I like talking about it and writing about it 🙂 This particular dish I made couple of weeks back. Last minute decision. Original recipe requires to marinade the chicken for hours/overnight. Also original recipe is primarily ‘lemon thyme’ chicken. I added my favorite herb, cilantro. I think cilantro makes everything better (despite of many claiming that it tastes like soap, really? how do you know? .I also added ‘Rojo Recado’. I am a big fan of this Mayan spice mix. I blended this couple of weeks back and it...

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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Celebration, International | 0 comments

Progressive Dinner and Chicken – Spinach Lasagna

Progressive Dinner and Chicken – Spinach Lasagna

A month or so ago, our American Heritage Girls troop hosted progressive dinner. Theme for the dinner was ‘Tour the World’. Can you hear me squeal? My most favorite theme for anything pretty much 🙂 This theme fitted very well in our ‘World Heritage’ AHG Badge. I feel like I am learning a lot through AHG with my daughter. For example, take this dinner. Until that time, I had never been a part of or hosted a ‘progressive’ dinner. When I first heard of it, house hopping every 30 – 40 minutes sounded too much of hassle but those who had participated in this earlier, went ga-ga about what a wonderful experience it was. So we signed up. To those of you who are new to the concept of ‘progressive’ dinner, this is how it goes. Dinner ‘progresses’ course by course through individual houses.May I suggest to carpool when you are house hopping ?We did. Couple of our AHG family signed up to do each course. Starting from Appetizer, Side, Main,...

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Storytelling | 0 comments

Camp cooking – foil packs

Camp cooking – foil packs

Couple of weeks back we went on family camping with our American Heritage Girls troop. Though I have done cabin camping before, purist opines that unless you sweat out the ‘tent camping’. It is not legit…so well this one was certainly all kind of legit…And did I love it or what? How often your daughter comes running to you to say, mom, you gotta see the sunset?My daughter loved feeding the horses and chickens,splashed at the river,made mud balls,tasted Kumquats (nature’s sour patches btw).But the coolest of all was to see the lamb only couple of minutes old. I had bit of an apprehension about some things but I was fortunate to go with some very experienced tent campers and they made it look like a breeze. So much so that I am ready for the next one…Time will tell if my future experiences are as breezy as the last one but until then I am dreaming of the next one! I learnt a lot. Dutch oven cooking, foil packs...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Food-lens, Indian, International | 0 comments

Jalebi

Jalebi

Couple of days back I was craving Indian sweets. Precisely ‘Jalebi’. Something to do with the shared food pictures by my aunt. I ended up making Indian rice pudding, no ‘jalebi’.*sigh* When I think of Jalebi, I think of Friday. Place where we grew up, there is a very popular shrine of Muslim Saint, local call it ‘Peer baba’.{Pee-r :Holy saint, Baba : term of endearment  you can say) Every Friday, locals, Hindu – Muslim alike go there to pay respect to the saint. Growing up Hindu I visited that particular shrine many many time. Not too far from our home. Usually people offered few things at the shrine, like ‘shawl’ and flowers etc. Right next to it, vendor sold ‘Jalebi’ ,made to order ,hot out of oil, which we always bought. So to this day when I see ‘Jalebi’ I think of ‘Peer baba’. You can think of ‘Jalebi’ as Indian funnel cake, laced piping and fried, with some key differences. ‘Jalebi’ is much smaller in size then...

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