Chicken with Almonds

This recipe is one that I have been after for many years. It was written in a cookbook, then ripped out and placed in another, then it was misplaced and lost forever…I vaguely remembered my mom making it, and with just half of the ingredients in mind, I began mixing and experimenting with sauces until I had my “Aha!” moment…This recipe is so simple to pull together, as all my recipes are, and I promise you, if you have all your ingredients out in front of you, this will come together in 15-20 minutes. That’s a weeknight meal miracle, isn’t it? So here’s it is, Chicken with Almonds, in all it’s glory. ..

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Classic Cheesecake

There’s a lot to be said about a cheesecake. For one, there’s nothing else like it. It’s so rich in flavor, with the cream cheese slow cooked in the oven. It’s lightly sweetened, as in my opinion, the best desserts are. The crust is just hearty enough to hold it together, but it doesn’t over power the flavor one little bit. But most importantly, it’s down right delicious! I love a classic cheesecake. And this one is good enough to be eaten all on its own. No berries or coolis in sight. As classic as this cheesecake is, I’ve tweaked it just a bit, obviously, to make it a little lighter. It still packs amazing flavor and texture, it’s just on the fluffier side, and who doesn’t like a fluffy cheesecake?

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TexMex Lasagna

I love adding tex mex flavors to just about anything, like my Zesty Veggie Enchiladas, and this lasagna is taken over the top with all the flavors added to it. The corn and beans add such different textures, and my special secret ingredient adds a delicious earthy crunch you will go crazy for! I’ve been making this version for about a year now, and thought it was time to share it with you all. I use oven ready lasagna sheets which take a lot of prep time out, which is just added to the baking time, but as long as I don’t have to do anything while it’s in the oven, I’m happy:)

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chicken corn soup

I love how the way we eat changes with the seasons. Light, fresh ingredients in the summer, and hearty, warming bowls of comfort in the winter. This Chicken Corn Soup is said warming bowl of comfort. I love the pops of corn and silky ribbons of egg nestled in a comforting bowl of yakhni (chicken stock). It’s so beautifully balanced with robust vinegar and hints of sesame. This fool proof, quick version of soup is ready in under 20 minutes, which is perfect for a cold winter evening, isn’t it?

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Orange Butter Cake

She would make it in the winter, when oranges were in season, bustling about her kitchen, using a tea cup as her only measuring tool. She would fill it up with as much fresh Malai (fresh cream) as the milk could conjour up, then add oil to fill the cup to the brim. She’d use her mini chopper to crush up the large granules of sugar, native to Pakistan, then crack in the eggs, one at at time. She’d add the flour and then tell me my nana (maternal grandfather) had brought some fresh oranges that morning, so she would add some juice to the batter and it would taste really good. The cake would come out just as the chai was brewed, in those small metal bowls everyone used to freeze ice in. I was the fat kid so I ate half the cake just like that, and I wouldn’t even feel bad about it…

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