Comfort Food Recipes

View All | View Summaries
List Of Indian Dal Dishes Recipe

List Of Indian Dal Dishes

09.25.14 by Jackie

Dal is a mainstay on Indian tables. It's such a staple that it accompanies almost every meal at my home, especially for my father-in-law. In general, the lentil dish is internationally renowned for its simple ingredients: lentils (whatever kind), ghee or oil and chiles with various spices and flavorings such as garlic, ginger or cumin.

Over the years, I've learned to enjoy dal.. Interestingly, the key to a well-balanced vegetarian diet (75% of my family have adopted a vegetarian regimen) is to combine a starch (such as rice) and a legume (such as beans or lentils). My favorite lentil meal is kali dal with freshly steamed browm basmati rice and a dollop of ghee. I've listed a few of our family's favorites for you to try. Dal is nutritious and so tasty with the added heat from the chile peppers. Even baby Aria enjoys many of these dal dishes!


Full Recipe...
Kale Risotto Recipe Recipe

Kale Risotto Recipe

07.30.14 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has been traveling nonstop for his work these days. I haven't cooked for him in so long.  He flew back from Dallas last night, so I thought I'd surprise him with one of his favorite meals: risotto. This rice dish is so versatile that there are always new opportunities for creativity; this time I flavored it with kale and sweet basil leaves. I also added sharp Cheddar and Pecorino cheese and a touch of heavy cream at the end.

Lulu's flight got delayed and he ended coming home really late. So I packed it for him this morning. Hopefully his schedule won't be too busy during lunch time and he'll be able to enjoy it today!


Full Recipe...
Bison Pita Burger Recipe Recipe

Bison Pita Burger Recipe

07.16.14 by Jackie

When my friend Alexia and her husband Olivier came to visit us from Paris, I was determined to show them the wide range of food available in beautiful, sunny California. First I took them to Costco; the size of the carts and the large portions of American products such as flour, eggs, sugar or the 1-gallon milk bottles were almost comical to them. 

We came across the meat section and Olivier said he had never tried bison meat. So today, preparing bison burgers made me a bit nostalgic for their visit last month. 

I made pita burgers and added a French twist by flavoring the ground meat with fresh sage and thyme. I also melted thin slices of Gruyère cheese on top of the burgers and finished the seasoning with fleur de sel Alexia had graciously given us. It was absolutely merveilleux, splendide! Miss you, guys!

 


Full Recipe...
Gourmet Mushroom Risotto Recipe Recipe

Gourmet Mushroom Risotto Recipe

06.09.14 by Jackie

I feel super lucky to live in the Bay Area; there's such an abundance of incredible ingredients. The wide range of gourmet mushrooms available at my local market, The Milk Pail of Mountain View, makes me giddy. 

The possibilities when presented with such fine ingredients are nearly endless.  I could have prepared a simple, flavorful omelet, but I decided to go for a more delicate dish: vegetarian risotto.

To do so, I used whatever the Milk Pail carried on that particular day (I didn't select everything because  the prices of some of the mushrooms gave me the chills). In the end, I included fresh morels, maitake mushrooms, Hegehogs and brown crimini mushrooms. I loved how this gastronomical adventure was able to please and feed my loved ones!

Gourmet Mushrooms Recipe with Picture

 


Full Recipe...
Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Pate Recipe Recipe

Living with so many vegetarians in my home, I always challenge myself to develop new meals that fit our family's diet. Daddy, my father-in-law (he's allergic to mushrooms), is out of town this week, so this wild mushroom pâté worked fine for last night's dinner. If, like me, you're not a vegetarian, this vegetarian dish is proof that vegetables such as mushrooms can be as satisfying as meat.  

I used a combination of fresh thyme, morels, chanterelles, shiitake and Portobello mushrooms. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sorts of mimics what we get from meat.


Full Recipe...