Apple Butter

If you’re looking for something a little different, try having this with scones. It’s much richer than applesauce, but just as simple to make. My sister eats it warm with a spoon- but she’s an electrical engineer, so I don’t know if you should follow her choices. This isn’t limited to scones- try it on…

Biriyani

You know, sometimes I lose sight of the bigger picture. I’ve been trying to make perfect biriyani for years- every time, I make it with a different combination of spices, different type of oil, with vegetables, with chicken, with herbs- I’ve tried everything. Everything except using different rice. See, when I was little, my mom…

Panchratna Dal

Literally, Panchratna means “five jewels”. The jewels here are the lentils, it’s a stew made of five types of lentils. We really, REALLY like lentils in India. This is one of my favorite quick and easy dishes, it takes all of 15 minutes to make, and it’s delicious with basmati rice, lots of fresh cilantro,…

Tom Kha Kai- Laos

It’s finally getting cold, and this spicy coconut soup from Laos is the perfect way to warm up! It’s almost like Thai green curry, but in soup form. I drank it by itself, but you could certainly add some rice noodles or rice to make a heartier meal. I’m always in favor of a heartier…

Borsok- Kyrgyzstan

Borsok (Also spelled Bursuk, Boorsok, Borsook, and, Borcoc, with both the ’s’ and’k’ sound) is eaten all over central Asia, and I cannot believe I’ve never made this before. See, Borsok are essentially donuts- the Kyrgyz equivalent of Krispy Kreme. Say Kyrgyz Krispy Kreme 5 times fast. They can also be savory, if you don’t…

Almond Cake

Alert the media- cake doesn’t need flour. Or butter. Or milk. It needs eggs, though. Sorry vegans. And vanilla. But did you know that with almond flour, a bit of sugar, eggs, and vanilla, you can make the best, most moist, easiest cake in the world? It’s fat free, to boot. Add some cocoa powder…

Tres Leches Cake

This is a foolproof cake. You can’t mess it up, no matter how hard you try. It’s a sweet cake that’s good whether it’s light or dense, browned or spongy, soaked or dry. You can substitute evaporated milk for condensed milk (which I would NOT recommend)- and it’ll still be good. It’s foolproof. I used…

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Let’s not talk about how long it took me to spell capuccino cappucino cappuccinno cappaccino cappuccino right. Let’s talk about these cupcakes. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of cappuccinos- I like lattes, mochas, and anything with vanilla in its name. In essence, I know what they are- all the times I’ve been in Starbucks,…

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Summer is almost gone, and good riddance. I hate bugs, humidity, and having to wear SPF 110. The one thing I will miss is all the great produce. Remind me how much I hate summer when I’m sobbing into a box of tiny, sour strawberries come January, will you? Recently, I got my mitts on…

Easy Cajun Pasta

This is the easiest, most customizable, yummiest Cajun pasta recipe ever. I’ve been making some variation on this for years, and I’ve never met a Cajun pasta I didn’t like. If you have a couple of basic vegetables, a bottle of Cajun seasoning, pasta, and some broth, you’re well on your way to an easy,…