Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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Jalapeno Popper Cups

I love Jalapeno Poppers! My first experience with them was when I was a day old in the US… 🙂 An international student from India in Chico, California who was amazed at the warmth of not just the weather but the people of California. I was a week from starting my masters program and was just taking in the sights and sounds of this new place. Not having enough money meant I was either cooking all my meals or eating at Taco-Bell and Jack-in-the-Box. Up until then I hadn’t really missed the spicy foods of India, but my first bite into a Jalapeno popper and I was reminded of the awesome spicy-ness that I had grown up with. These felt like mirch (thai chili) pakoras (fritters) and helped with the home-sickness that would hit me from time to time.

Fast forward to today… When I have friends over, I’m all about simple finger foods, that don’t need too many plates and napkins, just easy food that you can pick up and pop into your mouth. My discovery of the Mini Fillo shell cups is an amazingly fulfilling one. I’ve made Baklava Phyllo Cups and Paneer Tikka Phyllos with them and frankly, the possibilities are endless!

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Michael Natkin’s Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs

Michael Natkin made this recipe for us when we met him at the Cookhouse SF. He actually made this mind-blowing appetizer for us under a minute!

This is us with him and his amazing book! It is an absolute must-read for vegetarians interested in world cuisine.

Even though I just called the book a must-read for vegetarians, it shouldn’t get pigeon-holed as just for vegetarians. The flavors that he has been able to bring out from his recipes are simply mind-blowing. I’ve tried a bunch of recipes from his cookbook and blog, and I eat chicken and seafood and so I can say with certainty, “Delicious, Mind-Blowing Taste” is what he brings to you!

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Gluten Free Cheez-It’s… Goldfish.. Ducks and Tulips? (Spicy Cheddar Crackers)

Day dreaming about food is such a pain. I know, I should probably be saying that it’s the most joyous thing about being so integrally involved with a food blog. But it’s not. It’s really not.

Here’s how food blogging often works for me. I get this serious craving to eat a particular thing. Oh for example (just off the top of my head, you know) .. Cheez It’s. The craving is so severe that I start picturing little cheeze-it everywhere. Or even those cheese goldfishes. That diamond print on my Bounty: Cheez-It’s. The square warts on my office ceiling: Cheez-It’s. The smile on my Chester the cat desk decoration: Smiling Gold Fish. My computer screen: Cheez-It’s. The kleenex box, the tiles, the square pillow, the square cup holder, every toddler that is munching on those damn fishes! Oh.. it gets pretty bad.

Okay. Besides having intense imagination, there really isn’t anything wrong with this I suppose. Everyone gets cravings. And there is the most obvious solution – just grab the keys and head off to the grocery store to buy a box of Cheez It’s.

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Caprese Sandwich

H loves Caprese anything! Some mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and he is in Caprese heaven! 🙂

While the house recovers from cold and ear infection this week, we’ve been on a simple, quick to put together diet so to speak! We’ve had take-out from a few Thai restaurants, does the hot curry open up your nasal passages or what? 😛 Then, we’ve been buying soup from Whole Foods. To complete the meal we’ve been making different versions of sandwiches to go with the soups. This particular sandwich has been one of them. The prep time simply involves washing and slicing the tomatoes and washing the basil leaves. Tadaa! So here comes my hubbies favorite sandwich!

Now, (i) apologies in advance for posting a mostly “to taste” recipe. Actually, correction: this is more an idea than a recipe by itself. I’m hoping you’ve made enough Caprese salads or have the taste profile that you like. (ii) I’m missing a couple of images for grilling the sandwich and flipping it.

Caprese Sandwich

Makes: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ready in: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (Gluten-free if needed)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese to taste
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • few leaves of Read More