Poori Bhaji

Puri Bhaji

Poori Bhaji(puri bhaji) is about as delicious as Indian food gets: and by that I mean pick-your-fingernails-with-your-teeth-to-devour-every-last-crumb delicious. This is pure comfort food: the kind that gets made at every festive occasion in an Indian kitchen, no matter where in the world that kitchen is. The kind that kids carry to picnic lunches, the oil… 

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Itty-Bitty Cupcake Bites For Halloween– And A Ghost Story


I am not a big believer in the supernatural but there was this one time, on a cold, dark February evening, when my rooted-in-reality self turned a wee bit agnostic. I was walking out of the Maryland statehouse in Annapolis. The legislative session was on and getting longer by the day with delegates and senators… 

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Multigrain Wholegrain Bread: Hearty and Easy

Multigrain Bread

Here’s a bread I make almost every weekend so we can have something nutritious to snack on when hunger hits. My multigrain, wholegrain bread is not just divinely healthy, it’s also one of the best breads you’ll ever taste– guaranteed. What’s more, it is totally versatile. It works beautifully for sandwiches, makes the crunchiest toast… 

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Sweet Potato Quiche

Sweet Potato Quiche with Caramelized Onions

Spring is time to go yard-saleing. It’s one of the reasons I most look forward to this time of year. Much as I hate going to shops, I admit there’s a gorgeously vicarious joy in going into other people’s homes and rummaging through their stuff — even if it’s stuff they’ve decided they don’t want… 

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Coconut Muffins with an Orange Glaze

I don’t have a terribly sweet tooth (although I know that doesn’t sound right to those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while and been witness to the vegan baked goodies and Indian sweets I’ve posted here). But it is the truth– I’d pick a savory snack over a sweet one any day. For breakfast, though,… 

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Crescent Rolls

I dream of soft, fluffy rolls fresh from the oven that I can tear open with my fingers, watch as the smoke dissipates right before my eyes, slather with a dab of vegan butter and raspberry jelly, and then take a huge bite of…now doesn’t that sound like heaven? And after making these crescent rolls I definitely was in heaven. Because not… 

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Sugar Cookies Invade My Cookie Jar!

Sugar Cookies

I was thrilled to get a review copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar because I’ve been a long-time fan of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. In fact, it was Moskowitz’s and Romero’s fool-proof recipes that helped me convince Desi– who is a bit of… 

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Apple Cake With Caramel-Pecan Glaze

Apple Cake

Channel-surfing for a cooking show this morning, I caught Christopher Kimball, the pompous and intensely annoying host of America’s Test Kitchen, deriding vegetarian food and a tofu dessert he ate somewhere. “It is terrible,” he and another cook went in unison, talking about chocolate mousse made with tofu. Now maybe the particular mousse these people… 

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