Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rosemary & Olive Oil Focaccia Bread

Rosemary & Olive Oil Focaccia Bread

This is probably one of my favorite things to eat and it brings back great memories of going to North Beach with my Dad as a kid.
You can make this tons of different ways once you get the basic dough down. Raisins are a great addition if you want to turn this into a sweet bread. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Oatmeal, cranberry, walnut cookies

Oatmeal, cranberry, walnut cookies

Who doesn't love a good oatmeal cookie? I mixed two of my favorite things (dried cranberries and walnuts) into the batter and out came these moist, chewy, scrumptious cookies the our whole family cannot get enough of! Check out this and more at my website

Monday, July 6, 2015

Chicken Stew

Absolutely the BEST homemade chicken stew for hot or cold days!
My mother-in-law is a fantastic cook and shared this recipe to feed my family of six. There are always leftovers and they are even better the next day. 
Add your own combination of veggies and share your creations with me!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Indian Dal

Indian Dal soup is one of those dishes that just makes you feel good when you eat it. Somewhat similar to the traditional green split pea soup so many of us are used to seeing, but kicked up a few notches with some amazing spices! You will not regret this one! Grab some rice or naan bread and Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Easy Banana Fritters

Looking for a quick sweet treat that will knock everyone's socks off in less than 10 minutes? Check out these banana fritters. These were one of my Dad's favorites and my husband absolutely LOVES them. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you can take these sweet treats to the next level and beyond. Try them tonight!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Italian Spicy Red Pepper Pasta

You will not find this one on many (if any) Italian restaurant menus. This is one we save "per la famiglia" (for the family)...Every person I have met who has tried this pasta absolutely CRAVES it again and again. It is simple, yet full of flavor and has a real nice kick! You can adjust the amount of red pepper to your liking, but we believe more is better! True story, one time my Auntie Charlene made the pasta so hot we had to keep a box of tissue at the dinner table...but we kept shoveling it in!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Italian Almond Cookies

Did someone say Italian cookies?

I remember getting these delicious cookies (and some biscotti) all the time when we would go to North Beach in San Francisco when I was young. Danilo's bakery was the spot! Unfortunately I heard it is closed now, but I sure do have some great memories with my dad there!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Looking for an authentic and tasty Italian dish? Try this Chicken Parmesan!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sliced Baked Potatoes

Looking for an easy but impressive side dish? These potatoes are super easy, and what a stunning presentation. These will light up any plate!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Honey, Soy, Garlic Sauce

Forget the deep fryer! These wings are so crispy and really moist and delicious! I made a honey, soy, garlic sauce to drizzle and the combo was fantastic! Check out this recipe and more on!

Enjoy your Saturday my friends!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Indian Tomato Chutney...YUM!

Some of you who know me more personally might be wondering where all the Indian recipes here is the first of many! Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon and Vanilla

If you love Cranberry Sauce like I do...Eat This!

I know that Thanksgiving is no where in sight, but I love cranberry sauce and look for excuses to eat it throughout the year, When you can get your hands on some fresh cranberries, try this recipe! You can thank me later.

Enjoy your day!
Mommy Swamy

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo my friends! Our usual go to dish for this celebratory day is chicken enchiladas. These are really delicious all year! I make some rice and beans on the side and some pico de gallo and we are set!

These enchiladas are really easy and oh so scrumptiously mouth wateringly yummo! I have found the fastest, easiest, and most moist chicken to use is the precooked whole rotisserie chicken they sell in stores hot foods sections these days. Not only are they good for a chicken dinner night, but the succulent moist rotisserie chicken makes the enchiladas melt in your mouth!

Chicken Enchiladas

1 pkg corn tortillas
1 whole rotisserie chicken
1 large can enchilada sauce
1 package shredded cheese
Your choice of toppings: try olives, onions, cilantro or some pico de gallo (recipe below)
As you ca see from the picture here, this recipe makes a lot of enchiladas!

Warm the Enchilada sauce in a pan on low heat
Pick all the chicken off the bones and shred by hand
To assemble, take a tortilla, dip it in the enchilada sauce, place it in your baking dish and fill with chicken and cheese.
Then gently fold over the edges and turn the whole enchilada so it is seam side down in the pan
Repeat this process until your pans are full and your ingredients are gone.
Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with cheese cheese.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your liking.

Pico de Gallo

4-6 tomatoes
1/2 medium onion
1 whole Serrano chili pepper (or more if you can stand the heat)
Cilantro to taste
Salt to taste and sometimes I add a sprinkle of garlic powder too!

Chop up the tomato, onion and pepper and place in a bowl
Add cilantro and seasonings, stir and enjoy!

What is your favorite festive dish for today?