Toffee Meringue Cookie Bar

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and fellow bloggers.  Thanksgiving dinner means turkey, sweet potato and pumpkin dishes.  Since I had to make some dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, I thought to make something different which can be eaten with a cup of coffee after all the heavy meals – where we can sit and relax and…

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

It is getting cold and fall is here and the next thing we know is thanksgiving followed by Christmas and New Year.  Fall means dishes made with pumpkin – pumpkin pie, cranberries, warm pumpkin soup etc. etc.  We all enjoy something with pumpkin.  This weekend I thought of making a pumpkin bread that has the…

Bean Sprouts – How to Sprout Beans

I have been wanting to make my own sprouted beans.  Home made sprouted beans are clean and we know it will not be contaminated since if they are not handled properly they can easily get spoil and cause stomach problems.  I have tried sprouting beans in the past with less success.  This time I tried…

Tempeh in Coconut-Tomato Sauce

Tempeh – now this is one of my favorite dish.  I have heard about Tempeh for a while but could not find this until now.  Recently I was shopping at Trader Joes and accidentally found Tempeh where they keep tofu and other vegan items.  The first time I tasted tempeh is in a Thai restaurant…

Fruit Crumble with Coconut Topping

It’s the time of the year again – apple picking, abundance berries in the market and fresh cranberries has started popping in the store shelves.  While the weather it is getting cooler, I am starting to bake again – the spices and the baking aroma will fill the house and of course it will make…

Luscious Lemon Bar

With summer around the corner I love making fruity desserts since fresh fruits are readily available in stores.  But the first thing comes to mind on a hot summer day is the cool refreshing freshly made lemonade.  With that in mind, I thought to make this lemon bar which is tangy, sweet and full of…

Trip to Shenandoah National Park

Even though this blog is dedicated to recipes, I couldn’t resist to make a small post about Shenandoah National park that I visited at the end of May.  This park has been in my travel list for the past few years, but due to weather (mostly rain and Thunderstorm) I had to cancel it.  Finally,…

Kale with Edamame

There are many varieties of kale including the ornamental ones that have bright colored leaves such as brilliant white, red, pink, lavender, blue or violet in the interior of the rosette.  The different types of ornamental kale are peacock kale, coral prince, kamone coral queen, color up kale and chidori kale.  Ornamental kale is as edible as any other…

Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Vegan Banana Cake

  This is one of the most easiest and quickest cakes I have ever made.  When I say “Vegan Banana Cake”, it might sound like the cake may not be the same as the ones with eggs and butter regarding consistency and taste.  But believe me, even I was a bit reluctant to make this…