Instant Green Chili Pickle

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I love a homemade green chili pickle with Indian food. Really I like anything “pickled” at any time. I used to drink the pickle juice from the pickle jar as a kid. When Rajat’s parents were visiting in the summer, they brought back a Gujrati snack from the Indian store that came with a simple green chili pickle. I don’t remember the name of the snack and it was nothing special in my opinion, but the pickle. WOW. THE PICKLE. It was so good. I had my husband searching high and low for this pickle in the store, but we couldn’t find anything similar sold in larger quantities. We bough the Gujrati snack a few more times and wasted most of the snack but ate all of the pickles quickly. Fast forward to New Year’s, and Rajat’s cousin’s wife had a very similar home made pickle at her house. She gave some basic directions and Rajat found a video online and the rest is mirch achaar (chili pickle) history. Continue reading

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3 Bean Vegetarian Chili

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This is another recipe I wanted to try as vegetarian. I have had lots of vegetarian “chili”, but they never hit the spot for me. The meat versions were always better in terms of consistency and the spices that were used. I knew it wasn’t the meat that was making the chili that much better, and I just needed to try a vegetarian chili myself. I made this chili exactly like I make my meat chili but without the meat. And it turned out amazing. The flavor and consistency was perfect. I honestly would not guess that this didn’t have meat in it if someone served it to me.  Continue reading

Lentil Bolognese

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I’m normally not a big new year resolutions kinda girl. I mean, I am forever trying to lose weight so that’s nothing new. However this year, I decided I would go vegetarian for 2018. I’m not going to be incredibly strict- like I will have eggs and would still have a dish that had fish sauce added, but I will not be eating any flesh from animals. It’s not too big of a change for me since I already eat meat very infrequently. However, with this new resolution, I am looking for some vegetarian recipes to satisfy my occasional meat cravings. One meat dish that I sometimes crave is pasta with meat sauce. I decided to try inventing my own lentil-bolognese to substitute for meat sauce. Continue reading

Vietnamese Summer Rolls

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I have been on a bit of Heidi Swanson kick lately. It’s a real love-hate relationship though. I feel as though her life is one large Anthropologie ad. In her cook book Near and Far, she has a section with recipes for “en route” (IDK if that’s what she actually calls it, but I’m calling it that..) Basically it is recipes she makes to take with her on the plane when she travels. One of those recipes was Summer Rolls. (I also call these fresh rolls…not sure what the correct name is.) I will likely never in my life make summer rolls to take on an airplane and instead eat a shitty pizza in the airport (I am too good for plane food but definitely not above airport fast food). Although these will never be an “en route” recipe for me, these were definitely a fun dinner at home recipe. 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

Summer Corn and Basil Salad and Happy 4th of July

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My family is big on family reunions. My mom’s side of the family has reunions every year at state parks in upstate New York. My dad’s side of the family had them every year when I was young and my great-grandmother was still alive. However, after she passed, we didn’t really do formal “reunions” as much. We all still got together frequently though as my dad has a somewhat smaller family. In the past 8-10 years though, the family has really grown as my generation has gotten married and had children. We really needed that formal “reunion” time in order to have a time when everyone in the extended family could get together. This year the reunion was over the 4th of July in Beaver, Pa, where my parents, my paternal grandmother, my dad’s brother, and my dad’s sister-in-law all live. Not everyone in the family could make it, but we had a pretty good showing of people from all generations!  Continue reading