Eating Indian Food + Pumpkin Masala Recipe

Pumpkin Masala over basmati rice

These days, Indian food is a significant part of our diet. So much so, that I buy spices in 8 oz and 16 oz quantities – not the average spice bottle. My cupboards are filled with large glass bottles (repurposed from other things) filled with cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, curry powder, chile powder, and mustard seeds. This week, I put them to the test on another favorite of mine: pumpkin.

Broadening the Idea of Breakfast: Not just your typical morning meals

Breakfast in China

I’ve been out of it – focus, sleep, the internet, even the country.  Hopefully, it didn’t really seem like I was gone.  But, I was….to the farthest reaches of China near the Mongolian, Russian, and Kazakh borders.  It was an amazing trip, that I will be sharing  over the next couple of weeks. The only […]

Reinventing Chiles en Nogada Soup-Style

Serve! Top with fresh pomegranate seeds or cilantro if you like.

Deconstruct:  To break something down into its component parts. For a recipe, this means looking at the recipe and determining the essential ingredients – the ones that make the dish unique, satisfying, and flavorful. Deconstruction is one of my favorite ways to reinvent a dish when I want to experience its flavors AND tailor the […]

Flavor Bible to the Rescue (AKA Awesome Broccoli Soup)

dairy-free lemon garlic broccoli soup from @Maoomba

I teach a class called Friday Night Fridge Finds on  The premise behind it is that we – people in general – often wind up at the end of the week without much food in the fridge or motivation to cook, but we can still come up with a healthy, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meal. […]