Thai Basil Ginger Martini

Thai basil ginger martini

The inspiration for this cocktail was born a year ago when Jan, my mother-in-law, and Emily, my sister-in-law and BFF decided to have a girls’ night out.  We visited the famous Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, MA, run by the famous chef and hottie Ming Tsai. The cocktail d’jour was the Thai Basil Blue Ginger… 

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Kadu Borani-Afghan winter squash with yogurt sauce

Kadu

Kadu Borani or Kaddu Bowrani (the English spelling of the dish varies) is a delicious dish of roasted pumpkin topped with ground meat and minted yogurt sauce. The first time I had this dish was many years ago at The Helmand, an Afghani restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  After my first bite, I fell in love… 

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2014 Thanksgiving with friends

2014 Thanksgiving with friends

I cannot believe another year has passed. Here we are,  22 friends (13 adults, 9 kids)  gathered again to celebrate Thanksgiving in Vermont. The passage of time is most apparent with the kids. The youngest one, Sofia, is now a bilingual firestorm, particularly skilled at chatting up the “muchachos.” The older ones have turned into… 

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Wild Mushroom Galette

Wild Mushroom Galette

For those who know me, mushrooms became an enormous part of my life this year.  I have always been very interested in learning about them. After all, mushroom foraging is a long-standing Polish tradition.  However, my family did not engage in this fall activity, so I never had the opportunity to learn about it first-hand…. 

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Rose Petal Preserves-Róża Ucierana

Rose Petal Preserves-Róża Ucierana

How to preserve the taste of summer, childhood memories and happiness in a jar…. Finally the roses are in bloom.  I have been waiting for this time of the year for a while since I wanted to make traditional Polish rose petal preserves.  They are an amazingly fragrant, gorgeous in color and deliciously flavored preserve… 

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