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Turkey Burger with Hatch chilies

    The onset of fall and the slight nip in the air at night makes you reach out for that soft cashmere stole.  Summer isn’t officially over yet. But it will be soon! And as much as I want to hold on to the last bit of summer sun, I can’t help but wait for Autumn to set in. It is the season of Hatch chilies as my friend Karen, over at Savoury Table, calls it.  Her recipe for Green Chile, Cheese and Onion Dip is a smoky goodness.  I made a batch and we finished it in no time. So …

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Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart – Ina Garten Fridays

When I said that Ina Garten rekindled my passion for cooking in this first Ina Friday Post  I didn’t mention that a teeny tiny reason was that she showed me recipes that were quick and easy and  yet so delicious.  Take this Tomato and Goat cheese tart for instance.  It’s simple easy and way too delicious. I have made it a number of times. Here is Ina’s recipe  and it is a hit each time I make it for guests.  But for today, my daughter made one that she likes.  She wanted to bake something ( blame it on dog days of summer ) …

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Grilled Herb Shrimp – Ina Garten Fridays

  Ina Garten  – The woman who rekindled my passion for cooking.  It was a very boring rainy afternoon in the Keystone  resort.  Boring because it was almost fall but not quite the colorful fall, it was not winter yet and we were at a ski resort doing nothing because it was raining with lightening and thunderstorms.  With the kid being a tiny elementary schooler then, who religiously fell asleep at nap times, I had nothing better to do than flip the TV on and watch something, anything.  This story is from when I first moved to the US and TV as a ritualistic watching …

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Hot and Spicy Schoolyard Shrimp – Guest Post for Creative Culinary

“Food is humanitarian: sharing it bridges cultures, making friends of strangers pleasantly surprised to learn how much common ground they ultimately share.” ―Anthony Beal Food is how I met Barb, the creator of the amazing food blog-  Creative Culinary  .  She started The Front Range Food Blogger group for the local bloggers to get together and meet and talk about food, eat food, shoot food and make everything about food the biggest deal.  I met her and many other  talented local food bloggers. The journey to know them, learn from them and with them has been truly inspiring. A few days ago, Barb …

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Kashmiri Kabargah – Fried Lamb Ribs

As I sit to write this post, I am feeling nostalgic. Kabargah is a dish that features in all our major celebrations and as we have established by now, all our celebrations begin and end with food as the main focus.  More than a couple of decades ago, when Kashmir was still the peaceful paradise, and I was still a child with a bright future and so much potential ( or so my parents thought), major celebrations in Kashmir were celebrated very traditionally.  I would look forward to these celebrations or ‘saal’ as we call them. Saal means an invitation …

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Black Bean & Cucumber Salsa

Colorful, zesty and full of flavors, black bean & cucumber salsa is my go to salsa.  A few months ago I cooked a Mexican themed dinner for my friends. I made the  black bean & cucumber salsa to go with chips. While one of my friends gave us all a facial, (Yes, we do that kind of stuff ! ) we sipped wine and ate salsa.     My friend Tina loved this salsa instantly.  She wasn’t a fan of the hotter one I made with mangoes, but this she loved!  She has recreated this in her kitchen a few times since …