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madhuknitsandcooks
NYC
A knitting enthusiast who started learning to cook in fall 2005!
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Milk Street is quickly becoming one of my top recipe websites. Chris Kimball has really captured lightning in a bottle the second time with this post-Cook's Illustrated venture. My latest Milk Street recipe was their Spiced Yogurt Dip, which I... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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For a child's birthday party recently, I decided to bake simple, partly improvised cookies. My target eaters were the party's adults who I thought would be more attracted to the multiple, deep cinnamon flavors of the cookies than the children.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With a recent King Arthur Flour online order, I reached the point that so many of us do of needing to add one more item to my cart to get free shipping. Just a few dollars to avoid a much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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As the title of the post succinctly states, this attempt at Buttermilk Pancakes (Cook's Illustrated "Best" no less) was a bit of a bust. It wasn't a complete disaster because the pancakes were still "fine" (maybe even "pretty good"), but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I am not a huge egg fan. Yes, I've been experimenting with frittatas of late, but it's been a very new (and unexpected) experience. Eggs in my kitchen have traditionally only been used for baking, with some infrequent cooking by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I've consistently only made one type of salad dressing - vinaigrette. I've made balsamic, dijon, and various vinegar-based vinaigrettes (red wine, champagne, apple cider, etc.), usually via eyeballed ingredients, but they are generally the same. Oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Broccoli is my favorite vegetable by far. I love the crunch of broccoli, its slight bitterness, and how it can be good no matter its preparation - boiled, fried, baked, roasted, or raw. My latest preparation favorite has been to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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A few years ago, collard greens replaced kale as the hot green superfood. This declaration may not have been from a particularly reliable source of information, but instead from places like the Food Network. Well, whatever collards are and however... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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For several months, if not more than a year, I have had the lovely Breaking Bread book on my shelf. The book by King Arthur Flour Head Baker Martin Philip contains a wonderful set of recipes, stories, and illustrations on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I'm not sure what inspired me to make this simple roasted vegetable recipe, but whatever it was, I was incredibly pleased with the result. Salted and crisp green beans and red bell peppers that required almost no work. Yum! I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I've been on a real frittata roll of late! Using the successful Broccoli and Feta Frittata recipe as a base, I recently improvised a new frittata with the leftover ingredients in my fridge - red bell pepper, onion, garlic, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Eggplant is perhaps my top cooking enemy, and Sichuan-style eggplant in particular is a feared foe that out masters me every time. I have tried and tried again, but my homemade eggplant always has a tough, unappealing consistency. It's almost... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Torchy's, an Austin, TX-based regional taco chain, makes a damn good queso - or so the restaurant self-proclaims. Before I tried Torchy's, I was skeptical that their queso could be that good. I mean, a good queso is a good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With when some sweet potatoes unexpectedly arrived in a vegetable box delivery, I was inspired to try something new. I found a spiced oven roasted sweet potato fries recipe after a bit of searching, and decided to give it a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With my Indian Instant Pot recipes on a pretty good roll, thanks to the Two Sleevers cookbook, I decided to give one of my simplest recipes - a stir-fried Indian cabbage - the Instant Pot treatment. Unfortunately though, the result... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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It's not often that I make pies or cakes that can truly be served year-round. Most have a distinctly summer (think berry or light cream) set of ingredients, or distinctly winter flavors (gingerbread or other spice cakes). Enter the Milk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Toward the end of our brief Misfits Market run, we found ourselves with a lot of lettuce. A ton of it. Well, maybe not a literal ton, but certainly a lot - and of many different varieties. We started to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With a tub of leftover miso from a favorite soup recipe, I've opened many a tab on my web browser with various miso recipes. Sadly, my most recent miso attempt was a bit of a dud - a steamed broccoli... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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It saddens me that my latest Two Sleevers Indian Instant Pot cookbook attempt was a bust for a few reasons. First, I'd love to find an amazing new Palak Paneer recipe. Second, I would love if I could find an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I continue to bake my way through Claire Ptak's Violet Bakery Cookbook with the Egg Yolk Chocolate Chip Cookies being another delicious stand-out that I will be baking again and again. These cookies are crisp on the outside, slightly softer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Could there be an even better version of my favorite bread recipe? Thanks to King Arthur Flour, the answer is yes! The KAF No-Knead White Crusty Bread recipe draws from my recent favorite Simple Crusty Bread approach, and provides more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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To follow up on my January visit to the famed Violet Bakery in London, I checked out owner Claire Ptak's cookbook from the Queens Library. The book has produced a few winning recipes to date, the first being the untraditional... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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The Two Sleevers Indian Instant Pot cookbook continues to outperform with a seemingly untraditional, but delicious, paneer biryani recipe. I used a pre-made garam masala blend, which made this dish a complete breeze to put together. Basically, saute some onions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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As you loyal readers know, I can't bear the thought of a baby being cold, so when I learned a friend's baby was due in frigid January, my mind immediately went to knitting patterns! Given baby Delilah's natural tones-themed nursery,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Milk Street, Milk Street, how did I cook before you? Chris Kimball's global recipe guide continues to outperform with my most recent Milk Street attempt, the Boterkoek, a Dutch shortbread cookie-like butter cake. This beautiful cake / cookie is baked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks