Spinach with Yogurt-“Paalak Bhareet”

“Paalak Bhareet” (Serves 2) The Superbowl’s here and we’re having company. I am all set for a fun evening with friends, pizza (from Grimaldi’s), and those over-the-top Superbowl commercials! One of the sides I have to serve with appetizers this evening is “Paalak Bhareet” or Spinach in Yoghurt. My mom would often make this delicious and cooling side dish with spicy lentils and rice. As children, my sister and I would eat this by the bowl. It’s really the perfect way of getting greens into your kids’ diet. The vegetables typically used are eggplant (where the eggplant is roasted), spinach and pumpkin. Growing up, one of these 3 kinds would be a regular at the dinner table. I was thrilled . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese icing- Recipe by Ina Garten (makes 10 cupcakes) I’d like to wish all my readers a safe and Happy 2013! Let’s start the year off with something sweet! A couple of months ago, my husband surprised me with Ina Garten’s latest book “Foolproof”. I was so happy and excited to see to see a fresh set of Ina’s recipes and the one that I particularly wanted to try was the pumpkin cupcakes. Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, combines with just a hint of spice give these cupcakes a nice depth of flavor. The maple cream cheese icing definitely puts them in another league of their own. Thanks Ina! Ingredients for the cupcakes: 1 cup . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies- recipe by Ina Garten. I have used this recipe with much success for many years. These brownies were my first attempt at baking, for a New Year’s eve party held at my house where I served them as dessert as well as party favors for the guests to take home. For those of you who have baked Ina’s outrageous brownies must be aware of just how outrageous they are. The brownies are incredibly chocolaty and rich with a hint of coffee making them it the best brownies in the world. The addition of walnuts and extra chocolate chips makes them even better. I decided to make peanut butter swirl brownies, a slight variation of the outrageous . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes- recipe by Ina Garten I baked these cupcakes for my a dear friend’s baby shower which I hosted last year. I decided on an animal theme and kept it a neutral color, yellow since they were not aware of the baby’s sex. Like all Ina Garten’s recipes, this one turned out to be a big hit. The cupcakes are incredibly moist, light and fluffy. The only thing I would not do next time is fill the cupcake tins all the way up, it just tends to spill, making a very large cupcake. Other than that, it’s the best vanilla cupcake I have eaten! I added a little yellow color to the cream cheese icing to make it more . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies- recipe by Ina Garten Sorry to all my fellow bloggers whose blogs I haven’t been able to visit or emails I haven’t responded to. I’ve had house guests all week. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate it. I baked these cookies as a special treat for my guests and they were a hit! The double chocolate – rich dark cocoa and white chocolate chunks – make this an irresistible treat ! Chewy on the inside, crunchy and crisp on the outside. You can even create a tasty ice cream sandwich by simply sandwiching vanilla ice cream between two cookies with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE