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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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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.

HA! I laugh in my own face. Driving to the store Read More

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Tex-Mex Queso & Liebster Blog Award Love

There are times in your life where a small dish or gesture makes the entire path you’re on satisfying and brings true contentment. Today I’d like to share with you my two such times…

1. Receiving the Liebster Blog Award that my blogger buddy Vicky at Gluten Free SCD and Veggie honored me with.

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2. Eating Tex-Mex Queso

Yeah – odd combination but I’ll bring it together by the time you hit today’s recipe.

Let’s start with Queso. Queso is a dish that my husband and I literally visit the state of Texas for. That’s right, anytime we have a chance of visiting Texas, we make sure we have queso.. at least once for every day we’re there. I’m talking about real queso. Made with real cheese. Not that stuff that comes out of a can (puke!). The great thing about queso is that it’s made differently by different people. Some make it pure – just cheese with a little kick .. some make it a thick dip with LOTS of veggies. I like it somewhere in the middle. Like the recipe I’m sharing with you today. You’ll notice that the serving size is 6 – 8.. well.. not in my home. It’s really 2. Read More

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Asparagus Cheese Dip with Crackers

The last 2 weeks have been a roller coaster ride of sorts for Raj and me. First it was the ramp up to building “Velvet Aroma”, then BlogHer Food and meeting all these amazing foodies, then the trip back (bags lost etc…) and now we are winding down and coming back to regular life. Another biggie for me is, I decided to become gluten free. I have been dealing with Hashimoto’s for about 7 years now and all the doctors told me was that I have to take a pill of thyroid everyday for the rest of my life. I tried to look for alternatives back then, but nothing really came of it. Then I ran into Glutenfree Homemaker and Mrs. Q at the conference and hearing about their experience, I got hope that I might just be able to get rid of it by figuring out what allergen does not suit my body. So starting out with gluten as the first one. Wish me luck! 🙂

Now back to the recipe… I’ve got this new found love for Asparagus and I’ve been thinking of different combinations that I could try out. I thought of an asparagus cheese dip that I could Read More