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Bitter Melon & Potatoes

Bitter melon, known as Kerala in South East Asia, is a unique fruit-vegetable that’s a close relative of squash, zucchini, pumpkins. Though it’s known for it’s strong bitter quality, it’s a staple in Asian cuisines for it’s impressive list of health benefits. Bitter melon is great for anything from reducing cholesterol and blood sugar, as

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Ceviche with Coconut and Mango

A perfect appetizer for the hot summer days!  It’s chilled, super flavorful and the best part… you can make it ahead of time.  Sure you can make a simple citrus ceviche, but why not add some exotic flavors like coconut and mango!! 🙂  I promise this is the best summer appetizer you’ll serve this season.

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Champignon

I found this gem of a place about 7 years ago.  I still remember going there on a snowy February evening.  There was a blizzard in New York, so I left work early and decided I NEEDED some French food.  Cafe Champignon…. it was love at first bite and has been my go to French Spot since then.

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Clam Linguine

Looks fancy huh?  A dish that will impress your fanciest guests. I was always intimidated by clams… how to clean it, how long to cook it, will they open up, etc. etc.  But once I gave it a shot, my mind was blown.  It is the easiest thing to cook and super quick!  And with

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Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Salad with Shrimp

This asian inspired salad is absolutely delightful.  I adapted the recipe from http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/cucumber-and-napa-cabbage-coleslaw/.  It’s wonderful as a side salad, but is just as amazing as an entrée when topped with any kind of protein. I’ve served it with skirt steaks for a fancy meal.  Here I paired it with some garlic shrimp (which I always have

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Lentil Fritters / Piyaju

Piyaju, Red Lentil fritters have a special spot in my heart.  I grew up eating these in my country Bangladesh, but it only came during a special time. Not sure where this originated from, but Piyaju is a special treat made during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.  I remember walking through the busy city streets of

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Raspberry Pie

A raspberry pie is just fitting for the holidays!  The bright red color is just perfect for the christmas dinner table. It’s very similar to a blueberry pie, I actually follow the blueberry pie recipe, but has a unique texture.  This recipe is for 2 mini pies, but you can use the same recipe for

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Kopi Bhaaji/Aloo Gobi (Spicy Cauliflower and Potato)

Kopi Bhaaji, commonly known as Aloo Gobi which is just the Indian translation, is a spicy cauliflower and potato stir fry. I grew up with this as a side dish or a breakfast dish, now as a grown up with time constraints, this has become a very common dinner item for me.  It’s super simple and

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