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A knitting enthusiast who started learning to cook in fall 2005!
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I've gotten bored with most at-home, sautéed versions of tofu, so rarely make this weeknight-appropriate preparation. Instead, I'll hold panko-crusted tofu or other more complicated tofu preparations for the weekends. Some aging tofu and asparagus though brought me to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
The title says it all - I made another great two frittatas using another Cook's Illustrated recipe. My modifications included using oat milk instead of whole milk, no mint, no lemon zest, and slightly less lemon juice. I also used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I have one tried-and-true pizza dough recipe that has yet to be displaced, despite many attempts at new dough preparations. Could I be narrowing in on an alteration that could take this recipe standard to the next level? Cautiously, yes.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I generally roast or steam cauliflower - almost never prepare it on the stovetop. That is partly why I was attracted to the Milk Street Sichuan Dry-Fried Cauliflower recipe - could I achieve a tender, well-browned cauliflower on the stovetop?... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I checked out the King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baker's Companion bake book from the library on a whim, and to be honest, I am not sure what my logic was. When I saw the book, I thought that it was... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
As Serious Eats fans, we checked out J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's Food Lab from the library recently. Our first recipe was his Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo - a hit despite a few modifications. My modifications included: Substituting parmesan for the pecorino No... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
In years past, I have struggled to make a restaurant-quality palak makai, a north Indian corn and spinach dish. One recipe attempt was too spiced, the other too bland. Well, I think I have finally nailed a great palak makai,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
This winter, I had the opportunity to create modern baby blanket featuring a color block wedge pattern. I crowdsourced color recommendations from not only a few friends, but also the very helpful team at Wildfiber Studio in Santa Monica, CA.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
What is new is new again in my kitchen, so again I turned to NY Times Cooking for my latest cooking project, Cauliflower Piccata. I was attracted to this recipe for 1) the simple desire to try something new with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
In my latest effort to ignore my overstuffed shelf of cookbooks, I subscribed to New York Times Cooking when they recently had a half-off sale. While the site has an overwhelming number of options, I decided to start with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2022 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I have returned to my pre-pandemic behavior of getting a cookbook - or three - on a whim when I pick up books from the library. One of the latest is the Guittard Chocolate Cookbook. This cookbook has been a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Thanks to the Ministry of Curry Instant Pot cookbook, I discovered a new way to prepare cauliflower with the Instant Pot. And no, the result isn't an over processed cauliflower mash, but rather nicely just-tender florets. The secret? One minute... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
A coriander (cilantro) chutney works great with this snack, Sirena!
With the local libraries now open for browsing, I've returned to picking up cookbooks on a whim. One of my latest is The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Archana Mundhe, who runs the Ministry of Curry blog. The first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, I decided that I wanted to up my salsa game and turned to the excellent Homesick Texan for advice. I settled on Lisa Fain's salsa tatemada recipe because it seemed sufficiently different from other... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
With some withering napa cabbage in the fridge, what to do? Put it in the wok! But for my first carbon steel wok experience, an important lesson was learned - wok cooking is very fast! I learned this through overcooking... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
When I ordered my first supply of Rancho Gordo beans, I signed up for their email list which includes periodic bean recipes. If the first recipe is an indication of how good their recipes are, consider me a fan! Their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
With the Dishoom cookbook now mine, all mine, I've been trying more of their recipes, including their version of rajma. I made some modifications to Dishoom's recipe though, including estimating ingredients to make ~100g of the onion masala, using the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
Sumac has made a comeback in my kitchen. After not touching it for five years, I've used it twice in the past two months. Today's version is thanks to a delicious sweet potato and kale recipe via Epicurious and cookbook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
We ordered our first pho delivery of the pandemic several weeks ago, which reignited my desire to make vegan pho at home. I've been quietly planning for this moment for years, with star anise in the pantry and dried rice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I don't have Tik Tok, but as the Washington Post recently displayed with their version of the Tik Tok #bakedfetapasta, its reach far surpasses the app. With some leftover feta in the fridge, why not try this global sensation? Despite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
My proudest pandemic project - my first homemade quilt! This project took ~7 months and during each step, I learned something new. I made a lot of mistakes. So my advice for prospective quilters - slow and steady wins the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
I checked out Priya Krishna's great Indian-ish cookbook from our library ebook reader, and the recipe that immediately caught my eye was the Feta Saag Paneer recipe. Feta instead of paneer? Yes, it works! And it works really, really well.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
When I saw Milk Street had a recipe inspired by one of my Indian-Chinese favorite dishes, gobi manchurian, I knew it was a "when" not "if" for my first attempt at this recipe. Unfortunately, while the flavors were slightly reminiscent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
With leftover homemade fettuccine in the freezer, and leftover kale in the fridge, I decided to put the two together. But how? Enter Bon Appetit. I modified their recipe by using my homemade fettuccine instead of spaghetti, about 3/4 of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks