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madhuknitsandcooks
NYC
A knitting enthusiast who started learning to cook in fall 2005!
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With lots of King Arthur Flour's 00 equivalent flour in my cupboard, and my homemade pasta-making efforts long-stalled, what to do? This was a question I asked myself for many months without resolution. Well, sometime the answer is the most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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My first olive oil cake (inspired by my friend Tessie - thank you!) was very easy to make, forgiving with my ingredient substitutions, and even survived my slight over-baking (46 minutes) to be a hit at the party it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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In December we decided to thrown an impromptu holiday drinks gathering, and I wanted to incorporate some new offerings beyond my standard party dips. Seemingly the hunger induced from my increased running the past few months led my thoughts toward... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I recently blanched and froze a lot of celery to use in soups, red beans and rice, and other stew-type dishes. My first use of this frozen celery was in an updated version of the homemade vegan noodle soup that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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This is a great way to end 2019. Not only has my hobby blog reached Post 550 (!), but also this post features my most advanced knitting project to date - the Abstract Leaves vest. I cast on this project... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I loved Jim Lahey's pizza restaurant Co. when it was open in NYC, and was so sad when it closed. It was a regular go-to whenever I was anywhere near that side of town. And so when I saw that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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For a number of years, I've been charged with made corn bread for our Thanksgiving dinner. I've experimented with traditional versions to those studded with cheddar and jalapeno. And for this year's corn bread, not fully content with my past... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Ah, the self-generated errors that I thought I was past in year 13 (!) of this blog. This latest one was a doozy - not adjusting the recipe to accommodate a Pyrex glass baking dish instead of a standard metal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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On a recent trip to the library, I decided to browse the cookbook and craft sections before checking out the books I had intended to pick up. As I was looking through the stacks, I found a cookbook that I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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What to make for a baby girl who I knew would be as stylish as her modern and artistic mother? Aaah, I don't know! Fear sets in. Fear followed by lots of flipping through knitting books and then Ravelry.com. Finally... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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As dedicated Madhuknitsandcooks.com readers know, I've had a slow introduction to the world of eggs. I only just started making frittatas and hardboiled eggs a year ago, and I made my first scrambled eggs a few months ago. But now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With whole urad dal in my cupboard, leftover heavy cream in the fridge, and the Two Sleevers Indian Instant Pot Cookbook on my counter from the library, all signs pointed to making dal makhani on a recent chilly night. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Hankering for some homemade chocolate chip cookies, but not quite settled on re-making one of my go-to recipes, I decided to try King Arthur Flour's "favorite" chocolate chip cookie recipe. The recipe combines shortening with butter to produce crisped edge... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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In what appears to be a 4 - 5 year trend, I picked up Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking off the bookshelf thinking that it's been some time since I last tried this cookbook, maybe I should give it another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I've had a can of black eyed peas in my cupboard for some time (so much time that I think this can was part of an apartment move last year). And while the can hadn't yet reached it's 2020 expiration... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Randomly picked up some rainbow carrots from the farmers market, but what to make, what to make? Milk Street (yet again) to the rescue! This time, I chose their Maple Cider Vinegar Carrots recipe because it seemed both relatively hands... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Cake flour, cake flour, did I truly bake wonderful cakes before you? It's hard to believe that I did given how consistently great my cake flour cakes have been. This simple almond-flavored cake was no exception, producing an incredibly soft,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Five years ago, I made a sort-of attempt at the famed Brooklyn restaurant Roberta's pizza dough. As documented on this very blog, this fake attempt was declared as such because I didn't use the right flour, nor did I have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I don't remember how I found this recipe, but I am glad I did in the waning days of summer. This Cook's Illustrated Sautéed Summer Squash with Parsley and Garlic recipe was the most unique preparation of summer squash I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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It's really hard to use a tub of miso. At least for me. And the best / worst part is that miso can stay in the fridge for a year without spoiling, so in addition to being difficult to use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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While I subscribe to the online version of the Washington Post, I don't think I receive any emails from them about cooking, nor do I regularly check their lifestyle or food sections. So I am not quite sure how I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Learning from a past blog post, I've finally found success with a recipe I have long wanted to master at home. Paneer Makhani, this rich North Indian-inspired dish can be mine, all mine! And this version is probably much healthier... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Milk Street, Milk Street, what was I before you? Chris Kimball's new-ish venture has been really upping my cooking and baking game by exposing me to unique dishes that I would have likely never otherwise come across (coming soon -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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My first attempt at a Samin Nosrat "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" authored recipe was a flavor explosion. Deep flavors and a distinct, thick texture transformed standard sauce or pasta accompaniment into the main feature. This salty, earthy (from the lightly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With leftover almond flour in my fridge from the wonderful Chocolate Orange Tart, I have had the opportunity to experiment with new almond flour-based recipes. A recent attempt focused on the deceptively simple Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies, the dough for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Madhu Knits and Cooks