Here is a fun way to use zucchini. This recipe from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook is a big hit. I love the little flecks of green in the crust which makes the pizza more wholesome.
You can choose to top the pizza with anything you like. I chose to put ham, mozzarella and arugula.
My daughter loves cinnamon rolls!
Here is a really nice (though lengthy) recipe that I found courtesy Alton Brown. This recipe calls for keeping the rolls overnight before you bake them. It sounds cumbersome but is actually quite an easy recipe. Some things are just worth waiting for!
There is just something so yummy and comforting about deviled eggs. They are the easiest appetizers in the world to make and always a super hit on any table. Feel free to add any flavors to the egg yolk filling. Some suggestions are wasabi, curry, pesto and so on. This recipe is based on Paula Deen’s Deviled Eggs recipe.
Here is a really healthy, easy veggie appetizer, which looks seriously impressive on a table.
You can use any crunchy vegetables that you have. Things like cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots and so on work really well in this mix. You can also mix it up by using raw vegetables such as cucumbers, turnips and so on.
The Clinton Street Baking Company makes some killer desserts. I really enjoy experimenting with recipes from their cookbook. I recently tried their Buttermilk Streusel Coffee Cake, which is a nice twist on a regular coffee cake. This yields a nice, dense cake with a crunchy streusel layer at the bottom of the cake.
You can bake this cake in a Bundt or a regular pan. I baked both and found that the regular one came our prettier than the Bundt. The folks at Clinton Street advise you to bake this one for your mother in law. You are sure to score some
brownie cakey points!
Chiva-Som, which is a wellness spa in Thailand, has some of the best food I have ever eaten. I am probably the only person who visited there and came back obsessed with the food versus the wellness activities.
I use the Chivasom cookbook frequently to recreate some of the magic of their cuisine.
Here is a recent recipe I tried which was really good.
This dish is one of the reasons why I am willing to stand on a line for over an hour and wait for Brunch at The Clinton Street Baking Company on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. I just love their Eggs Benedict & Hollandaise Sauce.
I finally plucked up the courage to try it on my own – at home. Needless to say, it was outstanding.
I used store bought biscuits for this recipe, however there is nothing like fresh homemade biscuits (especially theirs – to be blogged soon). You can also use English muffins instead of the biscuits and can also replace the ham with smoked salmon, which makes these eggs even more delicious.
My sister in law Sonal has given me the cookbook of a lifetime!
The book is called Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, a renowned chef and author who writes a weekly vegetarian column in London’s weekly Guardian newspaper. Ottolenghi owns “haute couture” food shops in London, which are well known for innovative dishes, that are made using the best of ingredients.
This is a spectacular dish I recently made for a luncheon, which ended up being a favorite with adults and the kids alike.
These might be the one of the yummiest cutlets I’ve had. It is a great combination of subtlety spiced ground chicken with vegetables. This dish is a meal in itself with the perfect combination of vegetables, carbs and protien. It is a hot favorite with both the kids and adults in our house.
One of my favorite food blogs is Joy the Baker. I spend endless hours drooling over her fabulous creations and after many months of just being a voyeur on her blog, I finally used one of her recipes.
It was perfect as I had overripe bananas and strawberries that had to be consumed within the day to save them from being relegated to the trash. Here is the recipe I used to make a really nice banana strawberry loaf.