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Recipe: Spinach and onion pakora

Serve these crispy fritters with cilantro and tamarind chutneys. Ingredients 2 cups gram flour (besan) 2 packets frozen chopped spinach, thawed ½ teaspoon garlic, sautéed ½ teaspoon ginger 2 medium onions, diced ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon turmeric 3-4 jalapeños, diced 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) 1 tablespoon roasted

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Yes, you can chill red wine. 

Yes, you can chill red wine. There, I said it. We are in that transitional period, where it is warm enough that we still want to sip on something cool and chilled, yet we see autumn just around the corner, and want to transition to a wine with a bit more weight. So go ahead and pop

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Recipe: Low-carb fish & chips

Fish and chips is one of my favorite comfort foods, one I can never seem to get enough of. I was fortunate enough to live for a few years in New Zealand, where fish and chips was a available as a Friday night special at many local restaurants. (So yes, I always looked forward to

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Meal planning for a balanced plate

Eating mindfully is a planned and thoughtful process. We need to pay attention to what we sow into our bodies now to be able to stay healthy, active and avoid chronic health conditions in the future — six months or 16 years away. This month, let’s explore meal planning and what’s required to achieve a

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The Spice: It’s all fenugreek to us

This is the sixth installment of The Spice, a monthly series taking an elemental approach to Indian cuisine, a deep-dive into the flavors and ingredients powering the dishes we love. If you haven’t heard of fenugreek, maybe it’s because you know it by a different name: methi. Sound familiar, now? It’s in cuisine all throughout

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Recipe: Kulfi

Ingredients: 1 can condensed 1 can evaporated milk 1 pint heavy whipping cream ¼ cup almonds ¼ cup pistachio 2-3 strands saffron 1 slice white bread Directions: Blend the almonds, pistachio and saffron into a powder. Add the slice of bread and blend. Add the liquids and blend thoroughly. Pour the blend into popsicle cups

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Ready, set, grill: The perfect wines for your summer barbecue

As Americans, there is nothing we love more than a barbecue. Summer is the perfect season to enjoy your meals al fresco with friends and family. To make your cookout extra spectacular you’ll need delicious food and memorable wines. Typically for grilled meats, I reach for red wines. There are general rules for pairing wine

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Recipe: Spicy shrimp roll with peanut sauce

This low-carb version of a spring roll with spicy peanut sauce omits the rice vermicelli. If following a strictly low-carb diet, you can also replace the rice paper wrap with cabbage and omit the shredded carrots. These are a perfect way to add lots of fresh spring vegetables to your diet. The mint and cilantro

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Unravel the mystery of food labels

Cruising through the grocery store and weeding through a plethora of food choices, all while attempting to demystify the information on nutrition labels, can be time consuming, frustrating and confusing. Rest easy, it’s not rocket science! When we start paying attention to a few crucial things on nutrition labels, it can empower us to make

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