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An Indian Feast Inspired by The Hundred-Foot Journey

Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren from The Hundred-Foot Journey

 

Within minutes of the start of The Hundred-Foot Journey, regular buttered popcorn will cease to be enough. The film is a two-hour bonanza of spices, simmering curries, sauteed vegetables and roasted meats, so no ordinary concession can possibly stand a chance.

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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower With Sweet Potatoes

cauliflower and sweet potatoes

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Living in New York City, it’s easy to get lazy about cooking at home. Most people I know live on takeout (when they’re not dining out). It’s so tempting though; I have easy access to amazing food to suit any craving. I can get standard American fare, Mexican and Italian, of course, but more exotic options like Ethiopian or Peruvian are just as easy to come by. Takeout isn’t always indulgent or expensive either; there are plenty of healthy places (smoothie/juice bars, vegan cafes, raw food restaurants, or restaurants that serve variations on oatmeal or yogurt) within walking distance from my office and apartment, and most are really affordable or have plenty of cheaper options.

So why cook at home at all? My kitchen is ridiculously tiny, it’s a pain to carry loads of grocery bags home and cleanup isn’t exactly a breeze (I have a dishwasher but it only opens halfway because the fridge is in the way). But the answer is simple: I cook at home because I like to. After a long day at work, cooking a meal actually helps me decompress. And there’s no better feeling than making a meal that tastes better than something I would have picked up at a favorite restaurant.

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Fall Fest: Using Fresh Spinach in Indian Recipes

Our season-long garden party Fall Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: spinach.

 

Fresh spinach is incredibly nutritious. It’s full of fiber, Vitamin A, calcium and protein. Uncooked in a salad or wilted into a side dish, spinach is delicious any way you cook it. We particularly love it in Indian dishes. Instead of opting for takeout, try one of these tasty Indian recipes that you can make at home.

1. Indian Pizza (pictured above)

Puree spinach and spices as the basis for this twist on traditional pizza. It’ll serve as a tasty alternative to tomato sauce. Sprinkle the pureed spinach topping with cilantro, green onions and tomatoes before covering with mozzarella cheese.

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Cooking the Channel: Bal’s Lentil Cookies

Bal Arneson's Lentil Cookies. That's right--lentil cookies.

Lentils are high in protein and fiber and are one of the best vegetable sources of iron out there. They’re popular in India, the Mediterranean, Pakistan and the Middle East, and are easily found in any neighborhood grocery store in the United States. Lentils are also inexpensive, so a great pantry item for families to stock up on. But once your pantry is full, will your kids eat these little legumes? Maybe.

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Fall Fest: Paneer With Spinach


Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

We’ve transitioned from summer fest to fall fest, and this week we’re talking about spinach.  Paneer with Spinach, also called Palak Paneer, is a vegetarian Indian dish made with . . . well, spinach, and paneer, a firm Indian cheese. It’s quite popular; it gets prominent placement on Indian menus and is usually part of an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet. But making your own at home is easier than you think.

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An Indian Picnic for Indian Summer

Bal's Rice Pudding with fresh berries: Warm and comforting, yet light and fruity

Labor Day has come and gone, and crisp fall weather’s right around the corner. Summer barbecues are winding down, but it’s too soon for quintessential fall foods like squash and pumpkin. So what’s on the menu for Indian Summer?

Bal Arneson is sneaking in in one last outdoor picnic. Today on Spice Goddess, she puts together an Indian picnic spread with spiced-up dishes like Sirloin Skewers with Roasted Potatoes and Rice Pudding.

Check out these beauties and more of Bal’s recipes in our Indian Summer Gallery.

Any of them would make a lovely and flavorful segue to fall.  Catch Bal’s Indian Picnic today on Cooking Channel at 11am/10c.

Summer Fest: Peck of Perfect Peppers

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson's Red Pepper Soup - Indian Style

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson's Red Pepper Soup - Indian Style

Summer Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

In celebration of Summer Fest: pepper week, I decided I’d like to pick a peck of peppers, Peter Piper-style. But my peck would be a virtual one, a peck of the best peppers on the web. To do this, I’d first need to figure out what a peck is. Some quick research proved to me that a peck is a customary unit of dry volume, equivalent to 2 gallons, 8 dry quarts, or 16 dry pints.  (And 4 pecks make a bushel.) Turns out that a measure of dry volume doesn’t translate as well online as I’d hoped, but in the spirit of a peck, I’ll pick 8 of my favorite pepper recipes out there — one for each gallon. Try to top that, Peter Piper.

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Spice Goddess — 7 Things To Know

Spice Goddess, Bal Arneson, prepping a dish

Spice Goddess, Bal Arneson, prepping a dish

Beginning in July, Cooking Channel will be rocking a brand-new Spice Girl.  Her name is Bal Arneson and she is our Spice Goddess…

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Cooking the Channel: Oven-Fried Chile Chicken

Anjum Anand's Oven-Fried Chile Chicken was delicious with my Indian leftovers

Anjum Anand's Oven-Fried Chile Chicken was delicious with my Indian leftovers

I love recipes—my apartment is overflowing with cookbooks, food magazines and recipes printed from online food sites—but I’m definitely a big improviser, barely ever following them to the letter.

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Pix Potluck – Eggs-ceptional Looking Dish

Egg and Asparagus Quiche

Egg and Asparagus Quiche?

We’re loving the fan photos shared on our Facebook page and this shot caught our eye today.  Katalin has been sharing amazing shots (have you seen her strawberry rhubarb pie??) but this felt like a nice one for the beginning of summer…

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