Yummy Mushroom Soup

What is more comforting and yummy than a bowl of earthy mushroom soup? This is an easy recipe where I really cut back on the heaviness of cream. I always put a little bit of dried wild mushrooms to my soup as it adds to the depth of flavor.

One of my favorite meals especially when the weather is chilly outside is a warm bowl of mushroom soup with avocado toast.

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Parsley Pesto

I am so spoiled by my favorite organic CSA farmer Peter Paniccia of Pietro’s Coop who brings me bushels of parsley every summer and fall. I use a lot of this parsley fresh in my everyday cooking but I also make a great pesto with it, which last me through the winter months.

The pesto is really easy to make and keeps really well in the fridge for months on end. I use it in everything from pastas, soups, sandwiches, sauces and so much more.

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Black Radish and Winter Roots Salad with Mint Dressing

Winter is almost over here in New York City (or so we keep thinking). I get numerous root vegetables in my organic CSA box and some I just don’t know what to do with. This past winter for the first time I got black radish – quite a beauty I must say.

I made a really nice salad using all the root veggies in my box and it turned out to be really yummy. You can use any of your favorite vegetables for this recipe.

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Stir Fried Masala Parwal and Aloo (Pointed Gourd with Potatoes)

Parwal is a green vegetable that is indigenous to the Eastern part of India. It is also called pointed gourd or potol. It looks a little like tori/zucchini but has different flavoring and texture. Here is how we cook this vegetable in my mother’s kitchen.

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Nepalese Karela and Alsi ka Achar (Bitter Gourd and Flax)

Nepali cuisine consists of several spicy sides dishes which are eaten with rice and lentils (dal). These are called “achars’ or chutneys and are made with a variety of vegetables. One can use the base recipe for the achar and just vary the vegetable that is used.

Here is a wonderful recipe that Manju makes which comprises of bitter gourd (karela) and is topped with ground roasted flax seeds.

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Sumeet’s Machar Jhol (Bengali Spicy Fish Curry)

Machar jhol is a classic Bengali spicy fish curry flavored with the goodness of mustard. The best way to eat this dish is with plain white rice. Here is a really excellent recipe. You must use a good mustard oil to make this dish as that is what gives it flavor. Generally mustard oil is available at any Indian grocery store.

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