Paneer Biryani with Cucumber Raita

Paneer biryani sautéed with tomatoes, served with cucumber raita and mint chutney. One dish vegetarian meal.

We have a fabulous Indian restaurant in the town where we live, close enough to walk to. We eat there a couple times a month, and when we want to eat at home and watch a movie, we often call them for take-out. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's Prabh Indian Kitchen, in downtown Mill Valley - and I highly recommend them. My favorite dish there is a biryani with some shrimp tossed into the rice to steam, but I've been wanting to try a version with paneer cheese. So I started ...

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Countdown: Best Party Snacks and Appetizers

best snacks and appetizers

A roundup of best posts of party snacks and appetizers from 2014. These were readers' top favorite snacks and appetizers that I posted this year. A group of us from Secret Recipe Club are doing a fun series of recipe roundups for the rest of the year. I wanted to do it as a way of looking back at where my cooking has taken me. For you, it might be a reminder of some forgotten posts, or ones you've ...

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Lemon Roasted Fennel with Olives and Breadcrumbs

Lemon roasted fennel with breadcrumbs, olives, oranges, and raisins

Lemon roasted fennel tossed with olives, oranges, raisins, and breadcrumbs for the Food Network #FallFest. It’s time for the Food Network blogger-fest again – and as we wrap up #FallFest, the theme this week is a holiday side dish. I like to make side dishes that can do double duty as an entrée if I (or anyone else) want to go vegetarian for the meal. Over the past few years, I’ve made countless batches of brown rice, farro, quinoa, couscous, or barley to use as a pilaf-y kind of base to ...

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Pumpkin-Coconut Cookies

Pumpkin Coconut Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Soft cake-like pumpkin cookies with strong hints of coconut, topped with cream cheese icing. Cocktail party season is about to ramp up as we gallop into the final months of the year (honestly, can you even believe it's almost November??).  In cocktail-speak, this means you wear something a little glitzy without being over-the-top-neon, pull out some strappy shoes, and think about dishes that are just one or two bites. Ideally they wear a little glitz too. As for the drinks, they're festive, ...

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Calzone Mummies: #SundaySupper

How to make a mummy calzone, vegetarian

Gathering: an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one, or one held for a specific purpose. –Google dictionary Gathering: a coming together of family and friends to celebrate a special occasion and toast the bonds of friendship with Gallo wine. –The Wimpy Vegetarian Halloween for me is the (un)official kickoff for the fall gathering season that leads to winter. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza are next, culminating in New Years and a major exhalation onto a ...

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Egg Bake with Hash Browns, Butternut Squash, and Cheese

Egg bake with butternut squash and hash browns.

Egg bake recipe loaded with hash browns, butternut squash, and cheese, most of which can be made ahead of time.                                                                                                             Entertaining 101 Tip: It's good to have a dish like this in your hip pocket for weekend guests. Last month, friends stayed with us on Lake Tahoe for the weekend. They were in town for a wedding with Mia, their adorable one-year-old daughter, and the weather forecast ...

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Zucchini Succotash Cobbler & Cornbread

Zucchini succotash with cornbread topping

#SundaySupper Post! Zucchini succotash cobbler with corn, yellow beans, and tomatoes, topped with cornbread. So it turns out today is National Acorn Squash Day. I had no idea there was such a day, did you? With all due respect to acorn squash, I'm going to cook a bunch of it up, but not right now. I'm just not ready to let go of summer. And once I move onto acorn and its siblings, butternut, kabocha, and pumpkin I've turned my back on summer. So acorn squash, I'll see you for ...

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Gluten-Free Mexican Street Corn Fritters

Corn and zucchini fritters topped with kale-avocado-mango salad.

Twist on Mexican street corn: Gluten-free corn and zucchini fritters using corn flour topped with a mango and avocado salsa. These little guys totally rock for a small, summertime dinner party. Just throw the batter together a few hours ahead (although it doesn't have to be made that far in advance), cover the bowl with some plastic, and bring it back out 30 minutes before you plan to cook up the fritters. Just be sure to bring the batter to room temperature for an even cooking. Form ...

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Watermelon Salad with Feta and Verjus Vinaigrette

watermelon and feta salad

Watermelon and feta salad with verjus dressing for a super-easy summer salad. Ver-what? Verjus isn't a mainstream ingredient, and yet it's been around since the Middle Ages when it was used as a sauce ingredient, tenderizer, and condiment. It's pronounced ver-jue, translated as "green juice", and is extracted from unripened grapes. Verjus is much softer than the brash edges of vinegar, think green apple tartness instead, but is often used as an alternative. What I particularly like ...

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Mango Soup with Coconut and Lime

mango coconut lime soup

Blended mango, coconut milk and lime juice come together for a chilled tropical mango soup. Let's go to Hawaii! Too expensive? Then make this soup and close your eyes. The combination of mango, coconut and lime will take your taste buds there for almost free. I love fruit soups and later the summer I always make plum soup, but a couple of years ago I started making this mango soup. It was finalist in a recipe contest on Food52, and I posted it about it here, but like anything else I ...

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Crunchy Coconut Shrimp

LR Coconut Prawns slider

Crunchy coconut shrimp appetizer with a sweet and spicy dip of apricot preserves + pepper jelly. In my mind, these started out as Beer Battered Coconut Prawns. The plan was to take a recipe I slaved over last summer for coconut prawns and tweak it a bit with beer. They were The Summer Project That Drove Me Crazy with weeks of attempts, countless variations, and more pounds of shrimp than I want to admit, all to get a crispy crust. And all for love, I might add. CM (Carnivorous ...

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Artichokes

http://theweiserkitchen.com/recipe/quinoa-tabbouleh-stuffed-artichokes/

Gluten-free, vegan dish of artichokes stuffed with tabbouleh made with quinoa, parsley, mint, and cucumber. To my mother, adventurous cooking meant scrupulously following a recipe in her dog-eared Mama Leone’s Italian Cookbook for veal scallopini. “It  involves cooking with real sherry,” she told us, feeling so 1960s hip. But most dinners in our house were a rotation of roast chicken, grilled steak, pasta, with an occasional stuffed pork chop. Really good food, but a bit ...

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