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June 22, 2013

"Some people come in your life as blessings, 
others come in your life as lessons."

June 16, 2013

Paper fans/flowers made for my best friend’s baby shower.  Yay for little girls :)

June 15, 2013

Instagram Prints

For all of you avid Instagram'ers - there is now a place to print all of those pictures, Prinstagram! The colors and quality of the prints are wonderful. Ships from Taiwan in less than 5 days. See the examples above!

March 29, 2011

Blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins are delicious! I found a good recipe and thought, let me make this with whole wheat flour! It was good, better than I expected.  Here's the recipe I used: Savory Bites - Blueberry Muffins
I substituted half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and added orange zest (from half an orange).  The cooking time is less than the above recipe called for, so after 8-9 minutes, I checked them every 1.5 - 2 minutes until the toothpick came out clean.
So - would I do it again? Yes...The muffins were definitely tasty but a bit more dense.  However, I will try it once using only all-purpose flour, just to see the difference :)


March 28, 2011

Greek...err...Indian Falafels

Usually the weekends are meant for trying new recipes (at least for me).  This weekend, it was falafels! This tasted more Indian than Greek, which is fine with me :)  (photos after recipes)

1 - 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
1 small onion, finely chopped
Garlic Powder
Fresh parsley, chopped
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Red pepper flakes
Cayenne Pepper
Flour (1-1.5 tbsp)
Handful of Panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. In a medium bowl, mash with potato masher. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well (I did put ingredients to taste).  Form into small balls.  Place on greased sheet, oil/spray the tops before putting in the oven.  Bake until brown on each side. 

Here were the side items: 
Tzatziki Sauce (aka Yogurt Raita)
8 oz yogurt
1 cucumber (seeded)
Cilantro, mint, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt - all to taste

If using regular yogurt, strain out the water by taking a good size bowl, clip on 2 paper towels (3 if it is not too durable), scoop in the yogurt, and let the water drain for 1-2 hours.  Shred the cucumbers and squeeze so remaining water comes out.  Mix in with the yogurt, add remaining ingredients

Carrot Salad
Used Aarti Sequiera's recipe from Food Network:  Aarti Party - Carrot Salad - minus the part with lemons. 

I also had curried couscous (couscous with finely chopped veggies and curry powder) and hummus!

March 14, 2011

Rajas Con Queso

The obsession with Rajas Con Queso began a few years ago when visiting a local Chuy's.  My friends and I would go there just to eat this and one day, our waiter told us that it is no longer on the menu (we were grief-stricken for quite sometime).  A couple of years passed and I finally found a recipe for it.   It's a close replica of the one we used to eat at Chuy's!

2-3 Poblano peppers
1 onion, sliced
1-2 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 Jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
8 oz. sour cream (I prefer to use fat free or reduced fat)
1 Vegetable bouillon cube or various spices: salt, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper (Spices should be according to taste - I didn't measure it) :P
Handful of mozzarella cheese

1.  Roast the poblano peppers on a flame (gas stove) or oven until blackened.  Wrap in paper towel and put it in a plastic/brown bag for 10-15 minutes.
2.  Add onions and jalapeno in a saute pan (with a little oil or spray), stir for 2-3 minutes over medium-low heat, then add garlic.
3.  While the onions are cooking, peel the top layer of skin off of the peppers.  Slice into thin strips.
4.  When onions are soft, add peppers and stir for 3-5 minutes.
5.  Add sour cream and bouillon cube (or spices), stirring frequently.  When the mix is warm, add mozzarella cheese, stir until well blended
Serve with chips or warm tortillas