Rose Sandesh (Indian Dessert Made with Cottage Cheese)

The last week of October heralds the fabulous festival of Diwali, marching in with all its glory, urging Indians all around the world to gear up to celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the season! Marked with Diyas (decorated oil lamps), beautiful clothes, lovely colors of the Rangoli, and lots of delicious snacks and sweets, this is one Indian festival you don't wan to miss! Diwali is … [Read more...]

Appetizer Crisps with Cran-Apple Chutney & Aged Havarti

It's that time of the year when almost everyone is busy planning parties and gatherings, and food definitely takes a center-stage on all these occasions. From appetizers to dessert, everything deserves some elaborate planning. But I often think, entertaining shouldn't be such a hassle always, right? I mean, I love preparing elaborate meals for my family and friends, but sometimes I just want to … [Read more...]

How To Carve A Pumpkin

Halloween is less than a fortnight away, and I've already started prepping for the Pumpkin Carving fiesta at our house. Last year it was a big hit, with friends and family assembled in our backyard, carving creepy designs like cats, owls, pirates and more. This year, as Ritika is excited to have her own pumpkin to carve, it will be even more fun, and as I was collecting my carving kit and other … [Read more...]

Apple Date & Walnut Muffins

Apple Date & Walnut Muffins, packed with fiber and protein Halloween officially marks the beginning of the Holiday season, and as November-December approaches, everyone begins their hunt for delicious recipes that will adorn their holiday traditions! Every family has a cherished recipe that has been passed on since ages, something that resides in your head, or something that you have … [Read more...]

Linguine With Kale Basil & Walnut Pesto

Fall is officially upon us in California, and its time to warm things up with some fresh recipes that use fresh home-grown veggies, perfect for Fall and Winter! My garden bounty has some delicious picks this year like Roma tomatoes, Green peppers, Burpless cucumbers, Basil, and recently - the colorful Kale. I have to admit I have been skeptical about using kale in my recipes. But after a … [Read more...]

Simple Steps To Ensure Your Bread Appetizer Doesn’t Fall Flat

When hosting a dinner party, there's a lot to consider. What should you serve? What time should you start cooking? In all the planning, the appetizer can slip your mind. At the end of the day, that isn’t a disaster. How many of us eat a starter when we’re at home anyway? But, failure to produce an appetizer can be a disaster in an unexpected way. For the most part, this dish is a filler. It keeps … [Read more...]

Best Exercises To Help Relieve Depression

If you’re suffering from mild to moderate depression, although seeing your physician and possibly talking with a therapist is probably a good idea, there is something else that may be able to relieve your symptoms and help you get your life back – exercise. Numerous studies have shown that exercise has a positive effect on the moods of people suffering from anxiety and moderate depression. … [Read more...]

How To Cleanse And Detox Your Body and Mind

When you are feeling down in the dumps and sluggish, you do everything you can to feel better about yourself. Sometimes this comes in the form of a luxurious bath. Sometimes you can make yourself feel invigorated by going on a brisk hike up a very steep hill. The thing is, feeling good about yourself will vary depending on the season and your mood. It can also take anything from a great workout to … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stay Young When You Get Old

It happens to the best of us. Old age creeps up and suddenly we aren’t able to do the things we used to do. We aren’t able to drink all night long and avoid a hangover the next day. We aren’t able to spring out of bed after a long session in the gym. We forget what we were doing two minutes ago and it takes us longer to fight off illness. All of these things are inevitable, but there are a few … [Read more...]

How To Create a Cozy And Relaxing Living Room

Your living room is supposed to be cozy and relaxing. It is meant to be a place where you can unwind after a difficult day at work. After you have been rushed off your feet all day long, you want to chill on the sofa, watch your favorite TV show, and unwind. However, it is very difficult to do this if your living room isn’t a peaceful and relaxing space. So, how do you transform your lounge to … [Read more...]