Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

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Christmas was amazing this year! We stayed home and I of course missed seeing family, but it was so so nice to just relax at home together. We got together with some of our neighbors on Christmas Eve and the days following Christmas. It was just such a nice holiday. I can’t say enough good things about missing out on the holiday travel. Rajat’s sister’s family was in India for the holiday, and once they returned we got together to celebrate Rajat’s birthday and a late-Christmas. My sister-in-law made these delicious spinach and ricotta gnocchi over greens. It was light and delicate and a perfect family meal.  Continue reading

A Year in Photos

This is so I feel less guilty about not updating what’s happened in our lives for the past year and some change. But also, what a great way to reflect on the this past year of our lives. Ready to see what 2018 has in store for us. Continue reading

Besan Ladoo

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When we traveled to India in December 2015, my mother-in-law made lots of delicious homemade ladoos waiting for our arrival. I ate a lot of ladoos that trip. I would stuff them in my purse and pockets for a snack when we went out. I ate them breakfast. Before bed. I became a ladoo. Since then, I had really wanted to learn to make these myself, but felt intimidated. This year, my mother-in-law came to stay for several months when my son was born and again made perfect ladoos. She even made me my own container of them to keep on my bed side so I could eat them in the night while I breastfed my son. After my mother-in-law went back to India this year, I decided I would make ladoos before the year was over. I am pushing it, but I met the goal I made. And these are not as hard as I thought they would be. Ladoos are totally our new Christmas tradition! Continue reading

Pumpkin Rolls with Rosemary and Sea Salt

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My sister-in-law made these rolls for a post-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving feast last year. When she first said she was making rolls, I was like, “YES! homemade rolls and I don’t have to do anything!” And then when she said they were pumpkin rosemary rolls, I was like “too bad…I almost got delicious rolls.” Maybe to other people the name of these rolls sounds good. For some reason, pumpkin rosemary just sounded funky and too flavorful to accompany an already spiced and buttery meal. I was wrong. THESE ARE AMAZING. The pumpkin and rosemary flavor is very subtle (and the rosemary could be completely left off if you don’t want it), yet the pumpkin makes for a perfectly moist (ew the worst word) dinner roll. I would have never tried this recipe had it not been served to me, but now it’s a holiday staple. Oh and more than the great taste, these are easy rolls to bake. Continue reading

Crepes

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Last January, we had our annual snow storm. We were iced into our home for almost a week. Apparently the city does not ever plow neighborhood streets in NC, so after the snow falls, everything just turns into an ice sheet. I literally watched a woman slide down the street last year as she tried to go check her mail (Obviously no mail was coming, so she made a series of bad choices. And no, I didn’t help her. I watched from the window. But I was pregnant!) We had limited groceries in the fridge, but I really wanted to have something warm and special since I was trapped indoors. These crepes were seriously amazing. We have made them twice since then. They are my new favorite sweet breakfast.

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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

Salt Dough Hand Print

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This post needs to have a huge shout out to my sister-in-law. She suggested I make this salt dough hand print ornament since it is one of their favorite baby ornaments from their son. I was all wishy-washy about it at first. For some reason, I thought it would be difficult and messy. You know how most baby-craft combos are? Well, it wasn’t. This was so simple and it’s adorable. I’m posting here so that I remember to do this if we have more children some day. Do this with your kids! Or your pet! (A paw print ornament would be even cuter than a baby hand.)  Continue reading

Simple Saambar Dal

IMG_5162And just like that, I’m going to pretend like it hasn’t been over a year since my last post and casually throw down a recipe. I had a beautiful healthy baby in March of this year. He is everything and has kept me busy. Rajat’s parents were here for the birth and through the summer as well as two weddings and a family reunion in my family this past summer. Needless to say, it was a wild spring and summer in 2017. However, now we are settled into our routine and normal life, and I keep hearing a small voice tell me “Blog post! Blog post!!” Also, I seriously depend on my own blog for recipes, and I have had to scramble a few times to find recipes again that I hadn’t posted. And now I actually have the baby for whom this whole project is supposed to be for some day- so that he can see what life was like in these first years and what we were eating. Someday, maybe, this will be meaningful to him.  Continue reading

November and Green Bean Pasta Salad

img_0149November is my favorite month. Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I was a kid and my birthday is in November. I feel like once my birthday hits, the weeks that follow are in fast forward. I blink my eyes and the new year is upon me. This year in particular, we had so much to be thankful for. I had to have a surgery during my pregnancy to remove a cyst. Although there were many possible outcomes to this surgery, all went well. The baby is doing great and my recovery went well. Hopefully there are not too many more bumps in the road before the baby is born. This year for Thanksgiving, we traveled to Northern California to the Red Woods and San Francisco with my husband’s family. The trip was more beautiful that I could have imagined. Continue reading

October and Ice Cream Cake

img_0009Wow, it has been a while since I have posted anything, and I need to get back in the groove. A lot has happened since my last post. First and foremost, I am pregnant with a baby boy, and we could not be happier! I am 24 weeks and loving every minute. October was full of events with the celebrating our pregnancy, our nephew’s birthday, my sister-in-law’s birthday, Diwali, Karvachauth, our second anniversary, and Halloween. It was so much fun and wonderful quality time with family. I had the pleasure of making my nephew’s ice cream cake for his birthday which was so fun. This ice cream cake is one that my mom made for us growing up and was a family favorite.

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