Posts Tagged carrot

Recipe for Carrot Cake

Jun 10th, 2010 Posted in Dessert | 2 comments »
Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake was a tradition in my family. We always made it for my father’s birthday. My father doesn’t care for crowds, and I never remember going out for his birthday celebrations. Once, we threw him a party when he turned 40. But otherwise, his birthdays were a stay at home affair.

My mother would also make this carrot cake. Which was odd given on everyone else’s birthdays, we ate a lot of store-bought cakes (especially ice cream cakes) or my maternal grandma, the family cake baker and decorator, would make them.

Food processors are genius when making this cake. I have memories of using a cheese grater to grate carrots. Now, I just throw all those carrots in my food processor, and wham, they’re shredded.

This cake stood the test of time with my taste buds. It’s delicious.

Carrot Cake
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Lentil Soup

Jun 11th, 2009 Posted in Soup | no comment »

As a vegetarian, lentils are one of my favorite non-soy sources of protein. They are incredibly flexible; however, the staples, like this Lentil Soup, are still wonderful classics. Almost every culture has a version of lentil soup. Serve it up with a good piece of bread and you’ve got a good meal.

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup
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Golden Basmati Rice

May 16th, 2009 Posted in Side Dish | no comment »

I highly recommend a rice cooker; I love mine. Plus, it makes this really easy to make. You basically throw it all in the cooker. This recipe is originally from the Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites.

Golden Basmati Rice

Golden Basmati Rice.

Golden Basmati Rice
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Cream of Tomato Soup

Dec 5th, 2008 Posted in Soup | no comment »

I love a good bowl of tomato soup with an accompanying grilled cheese sandwich. It’s something I grew up on. It reminds me of colder fall and winter weekends where my mom and I had been outside all day and needed something quick, hearty, and warm.

Cream of Tomato Soup and grilled cheese

The original recipe comes from the Skinny Chef. Hers was a little more low-fat than mine and contained chicken.

This soup certain beats anything out of a can. (Sorry, mom.)

Cream of Tomato Soup
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Thanksgiving Dinner: Thai Pumpkin Curry

Nov 29th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | one comment »

I wanted to do something different for Thanksgiving as I’m a vegetarian and not a traditionalist. My love of Thai food and pumpkin knows no bounds. This dish turned out to be very yummy. Though next time, I’ll add some more spices as Jason and I prefer hotter dishes.

The original recipe is from Henry Krauzyk and his blog, World Food at Home.

Continue simmering for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Thai Pumpkin Curry
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Tofu Chicken and Dumplings

Nov 16th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | 2 comments »

Delicious. This was so delicious. It takes longer than I would like, so it’s not going to be a week day dish by any means.

Tofu Dumplings

My tofu chicken cooking came from some suggestions how to cook chicken in Cooking for Dummies and the general chicken and dumplings recipe originally came from ‘Chicken’ and Dumplings at VegCooking.

Tofu Chicken and Dumplings
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Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry

Nov 16th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | no comment »

I love Thai food, and I’m always trying to make Thai dishes, despite not having very much success. Edible yes, but ending up more American than Thai. (This is what I get by being spoiled with good Thai food and my friend Nares who’s done an excellent job at giving me an education in this with the added bonus of being able to order most dishes without fearing mispronunciations.)

I’m also proud to say that this is really the first Erica-original recipe I’ve done. And it’s awesome.

Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry

Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry
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Lentil and Veggie Nachos

Nov 16th, 2008 Posted in Main Dish | no comment »

These are extremely yummy and healthy for you. Way healthier than say nachos from a bar. This is based on a recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens: The New Cookbook. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures before they were devoured by me while I was watching House.

Lentil and Veggie Nachos
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