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    Elote

    Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 🇲🇽 with the beautiful bounty of spring! Elote is one of my favorite dishes. The combo of sweet corn, spicy chili, salty cotija, and tart lime is just perfection! Traditionally mayo or crema are used in making elote, but I prefer yogurt for a healthier version of this craveable treat. Ingredients: 4 ears of corn 1 lime in wedges, plus zest 1 tsp cayenne 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/3 C greek yogurt cilantro to garnish cotija to garnish (or grated parmesan in a pinch) Recipe: Grill corn on an open flame until charred. I use my…

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    Gobi Manchurian

    Gobi manchurian is a delicious Indo-Chinese fusion appetizer made with fried cauliflower in a spicy soy based sauce. It is always a favorite of mine at celebrations and weddings, but I don’t make it at home often because I rarely want to heat up a whole pot of oil. The key to a good gobi manchurian is a crispy batter and a spicy and salty sauce. Here is the recipe to make both! Ingredients 8 ounces of beer 1 C all-purpose flour 1 t salt, pepper, and cayenne 1 head cauliflower cut into florets Oil for frying 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 T ginger minced 1/3 C green onion 1…

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    Cardamom Ginger Lemon Panna Cotta

    Holi is just around the corner, so this is the perfect time to create a desi-inspired holiday treat. This panna cotta recipe uses the lovely earthiness of cardamom and ginger to create a desi twist on a classic italian treat. The lemon curd topping is all you need for a little acidic kick at the end. Perfect for the holiday (or any day really!) Hope you try it soon! Ingredients: 2 C heavy cream 1 inch peeled ginger 8-10 smashed cardamom pods 1/4 C granulated sugar 1/4 C cold water 3 teaspoons of gelatin powder (Note: agar agar is my go to vegan substitute and I keep the ratio 1:1)…

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    Black Friday Tips!

    Black Friday is coming up and you know what that means- tons of sales! I love using this time of the year not only to shop for Christmas/holiday presents, but to also take inventory of things I’ve been wanting for my own apartment. Often my wish list is filled with a few bigger ticket items that only go on sale a few times a year, so Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for them! One store with amazing deals every Black Friday is Macys! They have tons of online savings as well as ‘Doorbusters’ offered in store. Usually the doorbusters are free after mail-in rebate, so if you…

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    Coffee Subscription Box!

    Grad school is incredibly busy, so I am all about ways to make my life a little bit easier. So happy to have found Trade Coffee. Trade is a subscription coffee service that will ship you bags of coffee at a schedule that fits your needs. Even better- Trade uses a quick and easy quiz to match you with coffee perfect for your tastebuds. You can even pick between whole beans and grounds to match your coffee making habits. My first Trade box arrived quickly and gave me a wonderful bag of Seabright from Verve Coffee Roasters. The flavor was rich and a little chocolatey without being sweet. Highly recommend!…

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    Summer Friday Favorites

    Summer is my favorite season of the year. People are generally in a good mood, the weather is nice and warm (well, sometimes in SF), and there is no good reason not to be outside. This summer I’ve found a few new summer favorites I wanted to share. Initial Necklaces I’m loving these customizable necklaces from Sincerely Silver. The initial necklace comes in silver, gold, or rose gold and makes a great gift. They have tons of other customizable options as well. Check out their site and use my code: SINCERELY15 for 15% off your order. #ad Ficks Hard Seltzer The hard seltzer craze has taken over summer and I…

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    Pokemon Cake

    Happy 2019! One of my goals for 2019 is to do a complete revamp of the design of this website. This might be a bit ambitious in the midst of graduate school and other personal goals, but I’m going to try! Once this is done, I’d really love to get back into posting more recipes as well as more science content. Wish me luck! To start off the year, I got to celebrate the birthdays of my two adorable nephews Mokshay and Jeeva. Mokshay turned 7 and Jeeva turned 5 in January and they both wanted to celebrate with a Pokemon themed party. Of course, I had to come up…

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    Poop-Emoji Cake

    Normally, Poop and Cake should never be in the same sentence, but when your 6 year old nephew has an emoji birthday and requests a poop-emoji cake, that is just what you make. I wanted to create something easy for kids to eat, but that clearly fit the emoji-theme. The poop emoji cake is made of chocolate cupcakes frosted as one large cake. The eyes and mouth are made from airhead candies flattened and cut to size. The swirl at the top makes it feel like the cartoon-poop on every iphone keyboard. The smaller emoji cupcakes are mini-vanilla cupcakes covered in fondant. The googley eyes are ready-made and available at…

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    Egg-less Pumpkin Spice Cookies

    It’s Autumn in most of the world, which means it is basically summer in San Francisco. The warm weather definitely doesn’t stop me from enjoying all my favorite fall flavors, especially pumpkin. I’ve made the **easiest** version of pumpkin spice cookies before and shared them here. This recipe involves a few more ingredients (no boxed help), but results in super soft, chewy cookies that are perfect for fall. Ingredients 1/4 C brown sugar (I prefer dark) 1/2 C white cane sugar (plus 1 T extra) 1/2 C unsalted butter 1/2 C pumpkin puree (My favorite is Libby’s) 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 1/5 C flour (all-purpose) 1/2 tsp salt…

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    Sweet Potato, Spinach, & Ricotta Tart

    You really can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes. They are packed with vitamin A, delicious in flavor, and super versatile. This tart combines sweet potato, spinach, and a few other ingredients you probably have at home! Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pasty (I used store bought) 1 sweet potato 2 C raw spinach 6 oz skim ricotta 1 clove garlic, minced 3 t salt 1 T olive oil 2 T pesto (or store bought) 1 T red chili flake Recipe: Preheat the oven to 325 Peel and slice your sweet potato into 1/8 inch rounds. Toss in olive oil. Arrange puff pasty in a pie tie and trim edges. Piece the center…

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