Chocolate Pinwheel Christmas Cookies

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Pinwheel Cookies are one of the most fancy yet simple cookies that one can make, and you don't need to wait for a holiday or special occasion to bake these beauties. These two-toned cookies are an instant hit at any party or celebration. Take them to a potluck and people will thank you for your dish. Wrap them in fancy paper napkins and hand them out at a Backyard Bash. Or just fill them in a … [Read more...]

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

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Cranberry Sauce, or some variation of it is definitely cooked in every household that celebrates Thanksgiving. I too, had a cup or two of leftover Cranberry Plum Sauce lying in my refrigerator, begging to be consumed before it turned sour! So, after dismissing several ideas like pancakes, ice creams, pies and puddings, I settled on something simple and healthy, something that would let our family … [Read more...]

Iced Coffee & Nutella Popsicles

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I am not a fan of hot coffee, in fact, like most other Indians, I am a hard-core Masala Chai person. I can't imagine starting my day without a cup of piping hot Tea, complete with milk, ginger and cardamom. But when it comes to Iced Coffee or Frappuccinos, that's a totally different story. I love cold coffee, and I would gladly accept one even if you offered it to me in a snowstorm! Anyways, jokes … [Read more...]

Peppermint Mocha Frappuccinos

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As soon as October approaches, the holiday season starts creeping upon the people in United States, and the weather turns to mildly chilly with occasional bouts of sunshine. And right now, Autumn is shining upon us in full glory on this northern coast of California. I love Fall, because it's neither too cold nor too warm, and this is the best weather to enjoy chilled Frappuccinos or heart-warming … [Read more...]

Grown-Up Maple Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

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Halloween is gone, and so are the Jack-o-lanterns which fulfilled their duty on the trick-or-treat night, but we still have some mini pumpkins left from our trip to the pumpkin patch, so I have made a batch of Homemade Pumpkin Puree and stored it in the freezer. So as promised, you'll be seeing a couple more Pumpkin recipes before we bid goodbye to Fall! I am not a great fan of pumpkin, but I do … [Read more...]

Grilled Paneer Sliders With Avocado Mint Salsa

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Two days ago there was a Halloween potluck at my daughter's pre-school. When I saw the sign-up sheet, there were tonnes of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, chips and juices on the list, but nothing healthy or filling! I understand these days it's mostly about convenience, and most parents prefer grabbing pre-packaged foods from the stores as they don't have time to prepare food at home. But still, as … [Read more...]

Deliciously Simple Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin season is on, and until now, I have only had the Pumpkin Gingerbread Cocktail before featuring pumpkins. But this deliciously simple recipe easily wins the race for Fall cocktails. This quick and really easy Pumpkin Pie Martini can be ready in minutes. It has a lovely flavor of pumpkin spice that blends well with the vodka. The cream liqueur combined with Kahlua pumpkin spice makes it mild … [Read more...]

Warm Sesame Noodle Salad

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Amidst all the baking and gourmet cooking in lieu of the upcooming holiday season, I was suddenly craving something simple but satisfying, and also "skinny" to out-weigh the calories in all the goodies that I am baking. That's when I saw a packet of Miracle noodles lying in my pantry. I bought these sometime back at The Low Carb Grocery store, and thought this was the perfect opportunity to try … [Read more...]

Spinach & Lentil Soup

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Spinach and Split Peas (Moong Dal) soup flavored with garam masala and mint Spinach is not called a superfood without a reason! Loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants, it is a very nutritious ingredient that does not have a very distinct taste, and hence can easily be added to several of your favorite recipes without altering their taste too much, like these Super Moist Spinach Banana Muffins. … [Read more...]

Linguine With Kale Basil & Walnut Pesto

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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...]