Pani Puri

What better way to celebrate the new year than with Pani Puri?! This should really be done at midnight, I suppose, but senior citizens may need to celebrate a tad earlier, like maybe 5:30 or 6:00 PM?    

Chili & Cornbread

After dining on leftovers the last few days I was ready for freshly made fare. Chili and cornbread seemed appropriate considering the frigid weather we are experiencing. Onions, garlic, jalapeño, red bell pepper, dried red chili and bay leaf were sautéed with olive oil and kosher salt.   Thickly sliced mushrooms, corn and red kidney … More Chili & Cornbread


The refrigerator was suddenly inundated with leftovers. First we enjoyed them again as they were. Then it was time to change them up a bit. Leftover green beans, carrots and broccoli were added to leftover store-bought dosa batter to make savory vegetable pancakes/uttappam.   To accompany the veggie pancakes I used leftover frozen (freezer burned?) … More Leftovers

Artichokes, Slaw & Slaw Dressing

Of the traditional salad dressings Cole Slaw is one of my favorites. Slaw dressing is commonly based on mayonnaise, and mayonnaise ingredients often include egg yolk which contributes subtle but significant flavor to both mayonnaise and Cole slaw dressing. Lately I’ve been enjoying making various sauces, dips, dressings, gravies etc. using cashew nuts for a … More Artichokes, Slaw & Slaw Dressing

Falafel With Jalapeño, Cilantro & Lime Dressing

Raw cashews which have been soaked for a few hours can be blended with various other ingredients to make a variety of delicious creamy sauces, condiments, dips and dressings. Nutritional yeast is an ingredient commonly blended with cashews to make a sauce which some perceive to have a cheesy flavor. Delicious as such sauces indeed … More Falafel With Jalapeño, Cilantro & Lime Dressing