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Lateralization and Face Perception

So excited! For the first time ever today, I had a first author publication come out in the Journal of Neuroscience. It’s pretty special to see your work be published for the world to see, especially when you’ve dedicated a lot of time and energy towards its completion. I’m happy to email anyone a PDF if you can’t access it directly from the journal.     Pin...
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Asparagus Emmentaler Tart

Asparagus Emmentaler Tart

Last week, while perusing twitter for new recipes, I came across a recipe for a goat cheese, bacon, and asparagus tart. I absolutely loved the idea of using asparagus in a tart recipe. Since I don’t eat bacon (yuck), I thought it might be fun to create a version with asparagus and substitute the goat cheese with a different, saltier cheese. I choose Emmentaler- a hard, swiss, lightly salty cheese that melts well when heated. This tart would make a great party appetizer and was really delicious and easy to make! Ingredients: 1 C shredded emmanteler 1/2 T olive oil 1...
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“PF Chang’s” Lettuce Wraps

“PF Chang’s” Lettuce W...

PF Changs may not be authentic Chinese food, but I must admit, I really really love it. I’m a HUGE fan of their veggie lettuce wraps and hot & sour soup. The wraps are warm, a little spicy, and filled with yumminess that you don’t have to feel too guilty about enjoying. Plus, lettuce wraps make an easy party appetizer! I’ve been making lettuce wraps for years, so I was surprised when I realized I had never posted the recipe. Ingredients: 1 T sesame oil 2 minced cloves of garlic 1 t grated ginger 1/2 onion diced 1/2 bell pepper diced 1/2 C diced...
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Rainbow Birthday Cake

Rainbow Birthday Cake

My best friend Margaret turned 26 on Saturday so naturally we needed to celebrate with a fun and tasty cake! I made her a whimsical rainbow cake with buttercream frosting and candy decorations. I baked each layer of cake with food coloring to create the rainbow effect. Then surrounded the cake with frosting and created a border of kit-kats and top layer of m&ms. It looks complicated, but I promise it’s easier than you think!   Pin...
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Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki is like middle eastern raita… No wonder I’m obsessed with it. It’s really refreshing to dip pita or veggies into on a hot day and is SO easy to make. I’m pretty sure this doesn’t constitute cooking. It’s basically just an exercise in mixing things together, but it’s so good that I needed to share! Ingredients: 2 C greek yogurt 1/2 large cucumber, peeled & grated juice half a lemon 2 cloves garlic minced 1/4 C chopped dill 1 t each cumin, salt, pepper Recipe: 1. Great the cucumber finely. Some prefer to de-seed...
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Muhammarra Dip

Muhammarra Dip

Muhammarra is a dip originally from Syria. Its a delicious mix of pomegranate, red pepper, and walnuts and really is a great combination of sweet and tangy with an amazing textural composition. My friend Christina (& her mom) make an amazing version of this dip that I am absolutely obsessed with. I created a recipe based on the recipe they shared and this recipe;┬áI feel that this is the perfect make up for this dip in both texture and flavor. It’s a great party appetizer to serve with veggies or pita!   Ingredients: 1 large red bell pepper 1 C walnuts,...
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Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel

I loveeee falafel. Few falafel places could ever compete with falafel drive-in, but I crave falafel so often that driving all the way to San Jose to get a fix doesn’t make much sense. Plus, most middle eastern places fry their falafel, which makes them super delicious, but not very healthy. These falafel are a healthier option. You can easily make them at home, freeze them, and reheat later for a quick meal. They can be served on top of a salad or in pita bread for a quick lunch. Ingredients: 1 (14 oz) can chickpea 2 garlic cloves minced 2 green onions sliced 1/2...
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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

I love tortilla soup. I mean, in general I’m not a big soup person, but of soups- this one is definitely up there. Most restaurants make chicken or meat tortilla soups, but I decided to try to make a vegetarian one at home. Theres something about the crispy tortilla pieces in the hot soup that really is comforting. Anyway, last week I was really sick. I had a sore throat, a fever, the works. Usually this means that I would crawl to my parents house in agony wanting homemade┬árasam (oh wait, I did that too- thanks Appa!), but in the meanwhile, I decided that making a...
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