Cheesy Quinoa for a Group

Cheesy Quiona

Its seems like so many people are trying gluten-free diets for health reasons these days. Between that and lactose intolerance, and wheat allergies, and other special foods needs, our office pot luck lunches seem more and more difficult to cook for.

Fortunately I love cooking with quinoa. It's nutritious, versatile, and easy to make large quantities of. And in't gluten free. (For our latose intolerant team members, I used fake cheese in a separate batch of quinoa, too!) Here's my cheesy quinoa recipe:

Love Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanuts are a strong flavor which you either love or don’t. Growing up, my sister was in the not-loving category and I was in the LOVE category--able to eat peanut butter by the spoonful. I do also happen to love cookies, and when I discovered that these two loves of mine could be combined, I was a happy girl.

Luck for me, my daughter has inherited my love of peanut butter, and can also eat it by the spoonful. She is not that into cookies (shocking!), but when I make peanut butter cookies she is certainly interested.

Good Old Southern Corn Bread

Corn bread for some reason makes me think of the Southern United States. I had never had corn bread until I moved over here, and at first wasn’t really struck by it. It looks like a cake and is somewhat sweet, but it’s not actually a dessert dish. I think the anticipation of cake which I had upon my first sight of corn bread put me off for a while. Luckily for me, my mind got over that initial disappointment and I grew to greatly appreciate some good cornbread.

Vegetable Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

Quiche is something I always think of as a fancy dish. I'm not sure quite why I think of it as fancy... maybe it's the French name. Whether you think it’s fancy or not, it is a great dish to make for a lunch party, or even a dinner. And is just as good when served at room temperature as it is warm, making it the perfect “make ahead” dish.

The Yeast Bread Debate

Yeast Bread Loaf

Can we offer bread made with yeast to Krishna?

Krishna prefers chapatis. But yes, if you can't live without it, you can offer bread made with yeast to your home deities or to a picture of Krishna. However, you should not offer such bread to installed deities in the temple. Here's why.

There's the high standard.

Vegetarians & Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a fun and exciting time in many women’s lives. However early pregnancy can be a challenge for some. Especially vegetarians. Morning sickness, which should really be called all day sickness, plagues many women in the first three months of pregnancy. I was lucky to avoid morning sickness with my first pregnancy, but this one was challenging. Morning sickness is usually feelings of nausea for any part or all day sometimes accompanied by vomiting.

Spice Profile: Magic Masala

Let’s talk masala this week. I call them magic because, let’s face it, they are kind of magic, and can transform dishes from ordinary to divine with simply a sprinkling of their magic. In case you are wondering, masala is simply a generic term for a mixture of spices (‘masala’ literally translates to ‘mixture’). This spice mixture can be either wet or dry, and can go into both sweet and savory dishes. There are many, many different masalas, but for now I will simply write of the most commonly used dry masalas.

Stuffed Italian Flat Bread

The past couple weeks have flown by in a haze of homemade desserts and cookies. I have eaten way too much sugar over these holidays, accompanied by many other rich holiday foods. Although I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I now must become a little simpler in my eating habits to make up for all of my recent over-indulgences.

Malaysian Sweet, Sour & Hot Salad

This week I am sharing another wonderful recipe from the fabulous and very small cookbook The Higher Taste. This cookbook has a great variety of sweet and salty recipes from around the world and is a great starter vegetarian cookbook for not much cash.

Silver & Gold Foil

Burfi with silver foil

A reader recently brought up the concern over edible silver foil (as shown on our Burfi recipe), and the issue of the foil being vegetarian.

Silver and gold foil (vark or varakh) is actually silver or gold, hammered very thin into a microscopic layer of leaf. It is traditionally used to decorate sweets or other food in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

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