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madhuknitsandcooks
NYC
A knitting enthusiast who started learning to cook in fall 2005!
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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 yesterday at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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With some leftover potatoes and kale in the fridge, I decided to do the easiest thing I could think of - throw them in a soup! I used my favorite vegetarian noodle soup recipe, and added the cubed potatoes in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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A few years ago, I saw a breathtaking picture of a completed Field of Wildflowers hat on Malabrigo's Instagram account. I loved everything about this hat - the pattern, the yarn, and how they both worked so well together to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With leftover spinach ricotta filling from my first stuffed pasta, I decided to attempt the Cook's Illustrated Baked Manicotti. I thought the manicotti would be less time consuming than making and stuffing fresh pasta again, and while I was correct,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I recently went on a vegetarian sandwich googling kick, after feeling a bit exhausted from my lunch salad routine. One of those searches resulted in an unexpected discovery - vegetarian/vegan chickpea salad sandwiches! Who would have thought? When I got... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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My first stuffed pasta, largely following the ATK Half-Moon Stuffed Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta recipe. This pasta turned out even better than I could have expected - incredibly fresh spinach flavor with just the right amount of saltiness and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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It's been a decade since I've made yeasted cinnamon rolls. Those soft, warm, gooey rolls are delicious - but incredibly time consuming. The dough generally requires a few rises, making the final product a little too late for breakfast and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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With one serving of pizza dough in the fridge, and not enough mozzarella and tomato sauce to put on it, what to do? We didn't have any smoked gouda to make my beloved Matchbox Fire and Smoke Pizza, so to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Pie doughs have generally caused me trouble in the past. But boy oh boy, was my latest pie dough attempt a disaster! Don't let the pretty pictures below deceive you :-) First, I didn't work the butter into small enough... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I've had some leftover couscous I've wanted to use up, and found a vegetarian tagine-style recipe on Milk Street that seemed like the perfect excuse to attempt couscous v2. The recipe - Eggplant, Tomato, and Chickpea Tagine - also had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I haven't used my bread flour in several months as I've fallen in love with the King Arthur Flour pizza flour blend. Looking for an excuse to use up my remaining bread flour, I found King Arthur Flour's "The Easiest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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After my last cranberry bean debacle, I set out to make a better version of these well-loved beans. I started with ATK's Cranberry Beans with Tequila, Green Chiles, and Pepitas recipe, though I made some simplifications along the way. First,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Whole baked cauliflowers - they are a thing! This next attempt from Milk Street, the Cauliflower with Spiced Tahini and Garlic-Chili Oil, definitely was the opposite of the lightly flavored Miznon whole cauliflower. This cauliflower burst with strong dried spice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I started this blog in summer 2006 - fourteen and a half years ago! As I head into Year 15, I've decided to take the blog back to its intended purpose - to prevent me from making the same cooking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I keep ordering King Arthur Flour (KAF) flour, which means I have needed to use up my existing flour to open up pantry space! Enter the KAF Gourmet Soda Crackers recipe to use up the last bits of my KAF... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I've been wanting to knit items for our friends' wonderful three children for the past year but as always, I've been running behind actualizing my intention! This winter though has finally allowed me to catch up with my ambitions, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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I make a lot of vegetable or vegetable and fruit salads for lunch. And no matter how big these salads are, I generally get hungry in the afternoon for a substantive snack. To help curb this post-lunch snacking, I've decided... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Feeling insecure about not using my cookbooks (a frequent occurrence as regular blog readers well know), I turned to my shelves several weeks ago for inspiration (and to assuage my guilt). While I could have easily selected the cookbooks I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Similar to my recent parsnips order, when I saw acorn squash was available for grocery delivery, I added that to my cart on a whim. Why not try something new? While I was initially planning on thinly slicing the squash... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks
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Years ago, I had an absolutely amazing pureed vegan parsnip soup. Simple, velvety, and luscious. A beautiful winter soup. Inspired by that memory, I ordered some parsnips in our December grocery order, figuring that a recipe would be easy enough... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Madhu Knits and Cooks