Mango Cheesecake

We are already close to the holidays. I guess its everyone’s favorite time of the year. I just love fall so much. The leaves changing its colors and everything looks orange, brown, mustard, yellow and cherry colored.The cold crisp mornings which makes you want to cuddle your favorite blanket  and sleep some more. I can’t believe its fall, time flies really fast. I can’t stop thinking about our awesome trip to France and Italy this year and here we are already ready to celebrate thanksgiving.  Continue reading “Mango Cheesecake”

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French Souffle Omlette

French Souffle Omelette! 

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Who doesn’t love eggs? Most of of us, as they are nutritious and also quick to prepare. I started eating eggs when I was almost in 3-4 grade. There is a reason I hadn’t tried eggs until. My mom is a strict vegetarian. Eggs were not even allowed in our house. But, there was a time when due to political reasons my dad had to stay in a secured place and that was his company guest house (sounds like a perfect bollywood movie). We had cops sitting outside our house to protect us. That’s when we would visit my dad because he could hardly come home to see us and we  would stay overnight with him on weekends and by the time Monday came  we would be back to home as schools can’t be missed. That’s when we got to eat omelettes that the chefs prepared for his breakfast. So, we got addicted to having omelettes. But, even today we have never prepared one at my mom’s home.

The rebel in me at that time, I started bringing once in a while eggs into the house for various purposes like using it as face mask or baking into cakes even though my mom didn’t like it.  Continue reading “French Souffle Omlette”

Arancine

January’s Daring Cooks’ challenge was a ball! The lovely Manu from Manu’s Menu brought our taste buds to the streets of Sicily and taught us her family tradition of making arancine – filled and fried balls of risotto. Delizioso!

As an advocate of authentic Italian cuisine Manu from Manu’s Menu would advise you all to try, whenever possible, to cook Italian dishes with Italian products. In this specific case, try and use authentic Parmigiano Reggiano (or Grana Padano) and other Italian cheeses, if available. Also, use fresh mozzarella and not the shredded kind as the taste is quite different. Last but not least, a note about the rice: use risotto rice like Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone Nano – do not use long grain rice as you will need to first make a risotto and then turn it into arancine.

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pie !

The December Daring Bakers’ Challenge had us all cheering – the lovely and talented Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes was our hostess and challenged us to make fun, delicious and creative whoopie pies! Delicious little cake-like cookies sandwiching luscious filling in any flavors we chose… What else is there to say but “Whoopie!”

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Whoopie pies are a cross between a cookie and a cake (not a pie!), with two round, mound-shaped halves sandwiching a sweet creamy filling. Continue reading “Gingerbread Whoopie Pie !”