Category: Recipes by Ingredient

  • Baked Potato Soup

    When I get an idea in my head, it’s hard to get it out.  The first is that when I saw these bowls in Crate and Barrel, I knew I needed to make a soup worthy of eating from them.  The second is that when I heard New York was getting 7 to 12 inches […]

  • Baby Food: Zucchini Matchsticks

    A ping pong machine.  That’s what Surya’s little mouth has become.  This weekend it’s been a revolving door for whatever she allows in.  In.  Out.  And with force.  And bounce.  Like the little ball in a ping pong machine. This has led to much hypothesizing by us.  She’s teething.  She’s tired.  She’s going through an […]

  • Stone Soup

    It gets dark early.  My light fall coat is not really cutting it.  And I should be wearing a scarf.  But I’m in denial that the seasons are changing.  I mean, I know summer is over.  Right?  It’s over.  I know.  It’s over.  But the 48 degree weather outside is practically (by my definition) “winter” […]

  • Baby Food: Garlicky Broccoli with Parmesan

    As though she knew it was a big day, on her nine month birthday Surya learned how to pick up a puff from my palm and put it in her mouth on her own.  The first few times, she forgot that the drill was insert puff-remove fingers-chew and left her fingers in there for the […]

  • Curried Mushrooms and Peas

    Late one Sunday after a weekend away, we came home to an empty fridge with a strong craving for Indian food.  I was wishing for an Indian version of Ina Garten who would load up my fridge with a proper Indian meal before my return.  If there’s anyone out there interested in filling that role, […]

  • Couscous with Preserved Lemons and Haloumi Cheese

    When life gives you lemons…make preserved lemons.  I actually bought mine at the store – the stunning jar of yellow lemons with red strands of saffran dotted with black sesame seeds caught my eye.  Preserved lemons, diced up and tossed into an otherwise simple bowl of couscous or noodles, provides bite-size smidgeons of tongue puckering […]

  • Baby Food: First Potato Curry

    For the first thirty something years of his life, my brother pretended like he didn’t eat mustard seeds.  My family is South Indian and mustard seeds are a main ingredient of the tempering which is a base for most South Indian foods.  What this means is that for thirty something years, my mom and dad […]

  • Baby Food: Easy Peas-y with Cumin and Coriander

    After reading the ingredients in Surya’s rice cereal, I decided to take action.  No more powdered cardboard for my baby.  If I expect her to eat the food we eat when she’s old enough to eat what we’re eating, then I better start building her palate now.  So I’ve been literally building it – one […]

  • Shredded Paneer and Peas

    What happens when you put rectangles of paneer through your food processor with the shredder blade on? You end up with soft piles of stringy tendrils of paneer. What happens when you saute soft piles of stringy tendrils of paneer? It becomes soft and gooey creamy cheesy deliciousness. That then gets eaten quickly. Update: I […]

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes with Red Chillies and Garlic

    Organic brown rice, organic rice bran extract, tocopherols (Vitamin E), alpha-amylase (enzyme) and electrolytic iron. That was my daughter’s foray into the world of solids.  Rice cereal.  That makes me so sad.  After a few days of tightly closed, pursed lips, I tasted the cereal myself.  While Surya was watching me.  Alert: novice error.  I […]