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A knitting enthusiast who started learning to cook in fall 2005!
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The title of the post says it all - this Milk Street Corn Chowder with Miso and Scallions is not only a perfect weeknight meal, but also has enough complex flavors to make for great leftovers for days. I made... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Ah, the leftover tub of miso issue. How it pops up every few years. But as today's recipe review shows, the leftover tub issue can lead to some surprising new cooking staples. Milk Street's Sautéed Corn with Miso, Butter, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Just as I question if my online cooking subscriptions are worth it, I'm reminded that not only can I make great recipe-based dishes from online sources, but also get inspiration for new standard cooking approaches moving forward. The latest such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
My winter soup posts continue with a light and refreshing celery and potato soup, which really is a year-round soup. This soup had a lightweight, almost broth-like consistency and was simply flavored by celery, potato, and chives. I think it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Sadly, the post title says it all. This soup, while easy to prepare, was pretty good, but not a recipe repeat. The tofu was too bland in the soup, and I'm wondering if I should have substituted silken tofu for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
The title says it all! Just a quick update to make sure I don't make either of the following two recipes again. First, sadly from the Ministry of Curry, which developed my favorite Instant Pot Chana Masala recipe, is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Seeking more weeknight meal diversity, as well as a way to use up my big bag of quinoa in the cabinets, I decided to try a New York Times Hearty Quinoa and White Bean Soup recipe. This savory soup was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I recently made another wonderful baby blanket, a modern twist on a classic cable baby blanket pattern. Completing this gorgeous pattern was my go-to squishy baby blanket yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Merino. The pattern was relatively easy to follow, though... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2024 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I've had my eyes (or rather tastebuds) on a sweet / spicy Milk Street Corn, Tomato, and Basil recipe for a number of years. The recipe requires fresh corn on the cob, so I've been waiting for those blissful two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I tried two new recipes this summer, both of which I think can become staples for a variety of meal combinations. The first, from my new favorite Madhur Jaffrey Vegetarian India cookbook, is a cauliflower with peas that can be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I'm so happy I am now inclined to finish up my expired eggs instead of sadly throwing them out en masse. The mass egg preparation approach that has become my go-to is deviled eggs, which I made this summer for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I recently had the opportunity to try two new recipes in one night - oh my! One was a new version of an old favorite, mujaddara, and the other was an entirely new dish, hobak jeon. The Milk Street mujaddara... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Seeking an alternative from my standard stovetop khichdi, I recently tried a NY Times version. Do you need a recipe for khichdi? Not really, but here we are - and with pretty good results. I halved the recipe, and then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
While browsing the library stacks, my eyes caught Dorie Greenspan's massive "cookie book" Dorie's Cookies, and on a whim, I decided to check it out (largely because I parked my car nearby). I've made Greenspan's World Peace Cookies before, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Madhur Jaffrey's Vegetarian India has a number of regional dal preparations, which I am slowly working through (as I am with all of her other great recipes!). I was immediately drawn to her Simple Moong and Masoor Dal Cooked in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Hetty McKinnon, how I adore your To Asia, With Love cookbook. The latest amazing recipe - baked sweet potatoes with lentils, maple butter, and scallions. Super easy to prepare, incredibly filling, and a range of flavors and textures featured. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Yes, another Hetty McKinnon To Asia, With Love recipe to report on today - the pan-fried Salt and Pepper Eggplant. This simple, marinated eggplant is coated in cornstarch before being lightly pan-fried and dusted with a savory and sweet salt... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Competing with Madhur Jaffrey's Vegetarian India for cookbook supremacy in my household is Hetty McKinnon's excellent To Asia With Love. One of my latest recipe attempts is her Cumin Tofu Stir-Fry, which is a riff on the Western Chinese cumin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I think I've found a new recipe to displace my recent favorite saag / palak paneer. The winner? From Madhur Jaffrey's Vegetarian India, which has also become my favorite cookbook of late as well. This saag paneer recipe is also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Madhur Jaffrey's Vegetarian India has become my new favorite cookbook with yet another solid, simple recipe. Jaffrey's Ajwainwali Gobi or Cauliflower with Ajowan and Ginger is based on the recipe from Aurobindo Ashram, a place we have visited before in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I had long bookmarked the Milk Street's Fried Capers and Toasted Breadcrumbs Pasta, because I always have capers and panko around. However, holding me back has been my perpetual lack of fresh marjoram, which I don't think I have ever... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
We now receive the physical New York Times on the weekends, and one of the benefits of this subscription is being able to rip out appealing recipes from the paper. For some reason, I get significantly more joy out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
It's been half a year since I've posted a completed knitting project, so I am very excited to unveil this item. This cardigan was completed in January, but getting the pictures and final measurements kept falling off my queue (as... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
The title of this post says it all. Almost. Yes, I tried to use my Instant Pot as a slow cooker for the first time. Yes, it was an uncooked disaster. But did I utilize a poor approach to adapt... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Egg salad, egg salad - how you have entered our lives! Building on the success of my first homemade egg salad, I decided to try a more traditional, mayonnaise-based egg salad from the Cook's Illustrated team. This egg salad was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2023 at Madhu Knits and Cooks