Molasses Sugar Cookies

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This is my dream cookie. I love a soft, chewy, ginger-molasses cookie with a big glass of milk. My mom never made these types of cookies growing up. She was more of a strict choco chip cookie and brownie baker. Occasionally a cake from a box on a birthday. She had some friends who would bring these cookies over on the holidays, and I would always eat them all before anyone else could get their hands on them. (I wish I could say that I no longer greedily eat all of the cookies in one sitting, but it’s not true. I was recently told to stop eating all of the cookies I had made for my husband for his birthday. I CAN’T HELP THAT MY COOKIES ARE SO GOOD.) Continue reading

Chocolate Pistachio Tart and Our One Year Anniversary

Chocolate Pistachio Tart

Chocolate Pistachio Tart

We finally made it to one year…alive and well! Hooray! I made the dinner for the day of our anniversary, and my husband planned a food-tour of Asheville, NC for the weekend. Both celebrations exceeded all my expectations. (Warning: I am about to get mushy) I really do love my husband! I saw a rerun of Martha Stewart making this tart a few weeks ago, and knew I wanted to make it on a special occasion. It was light and not too sweet and the perfect ending to a lovely day together.  Continue reading

Almond Macarons

Almond Macarons

Almond Macarons

Yesterday was my sweet little nephew’s 4th birthday, and today my husband and I went and celebrated with him! We watched him open his gifts from his kiddie party and had some cake and cupcakes. It was lovely to catch up with my sister and brother-in-law as we had not seen them in a while. Now that we all live so close, it seems like we all see each other less! Because eating cake and cupcakes is not enough sugar intake for one day, my husband requested a sweet this evening. Macarons had been on my list of sweets to try, so macarons it was. Continue reading

Almond and Orange Syrup Cake

Almond and Orange Syrup Cake

Almond and Orange Syrup Cake

This weekend my husband and I went to dinner at my sister-in-law’s house along with some other relatives in the area. She made delicious paneer parathas, black eyed peas, and potato sabzi. I brought dessert for everyone, and I decided to try a new recipe from Ottolenghi’s cookbook Jerusalem. This cake is delicious, but it is filling and somewhat heavy from all the almond meal and eggs. I think some ice cream or whip cream along with it would help lighten it up some. This cake could also make a lovely morning coffee cake or tea time cake. Continue reading

Helbeh (Fenugreek Cake)

Helbeh (Fenegreek Cake)

Helbeh (Fenugreek Cake)

Fenugreek is traditionally used in curries and savory dishes. If this is how you know fenugreek, it may seem strange to put it in a sweet, but it is delicious in this cake. This recipe is from Yottam Ottolenghi’s and Sami Tamimi’s cookbook Jerusalem.  Helbeh is Arabic for fenugreek, so I guess in India this would be a Methi cake (methi = Hindi for fenugreek).  Continue reading

Vegan Banana-Blueberry Muffins

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Vegan Banana-Blueberry Muffins

I wanted to make something for my father-in-law for Father’s Day, but he has some diet restrictions, plus, Ma does not eat eggs. So, if I wanted to make something that they both could eat, then it needed to be healthy and eggless. The basic recipe I used came from Dassana Amit on Veg Recipes of India. I added blueberries and walnuts to give the muffins some extra flavor. If I was making these for myself, I would also add one or two tablespoons more of sugar. These are pretty great for a healthy muffin though. The texture is lovely with a nice subtle banana flavor coming through.

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Shortbread Cookies with Almonds and Cardamom

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I spent Father’s Day with my husband’s family. My father-in-law was out of town, but my brother-in-law, Jiju, was around. I want to make him something small to honor him on his day. I waited until late Saturday night to really start thinking about what to make, so I wanted to make a sweet from ingredients I had. I loosely based this recipe off of Ina Garten’s Shortbread Cookies Recipe, but I made several substitutions and changes based on reviews and what I did not have. I did not have a cookie cutter, so I cut these cookies by hand. They look a bit messy, or “rustic” as my husband keeps telling me, but despite the “rustic” look, everyone who has tasted these cookies so far has loved them. They are a home run, and I will most definitely be making them again soon. Continue reading