April 20th, 2014

Chocolate, Almond and Raspberry Rugelach

by Manasi

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In my other life, I’m a medical student–which you would know if you read my About Me section. I was gifted this blog right before I started school and now, five years later I am almost done. Yes, I realize medical school is usually four years, but I took an extra year for many reasons, one being having a kid and whatnot. Anyway, of all the weird things that medical school makes you do, one of them is applying for residency and entering The Match. This is a weird process where you decide what you want to be when you’re a grown up doctor, then apply to different program is that field (for me it is Pediatrics), you interview at all these places and then finally you make a list of what programs you want to go to. This all gets fed into a computer, which spits out an answer. Then on one day in March, every student in the country finds out where they will go for residency. Sounds nuts? Well it is. This March, Rabi and I found out we had matched in NYC, which we’re really excited about! read more »

April 15th, 2014

Raw Chocolate and Cashew Bars

by Manasi

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Are you a snacker? I am a person that HAS to have snacks. I’m in awe of those people that can eat nothing between meals–I become a crazy monster if I go too long without eating. Seriously–ask my friends. read more »

April 8th, 2014

Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

by Manasi

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I think the last time I had stuffed shells was from the cafeteria at my junior high. Apparently they were so bad that I never ate them again! Then randomly I saw not one, but two pictures around the internet of stuffed shells. It felt like The Universe was telling me to make some stuffed shells. So I did. I kind of played off both the recipes I saw, one which was vegan on Love and Lemons (a new site to me, which has GORGEOUS photography) and one that contained meat on Shutterbean. Our family eats somewhere in the middle–yes to dairy, no to meat (well Rabi anyway). read more »

April 3rd, 2014

Chocolate Marshmallow Whoopie Pies

by Manasi

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I’m surprised whoopie pies haven’t become more trendy. I mean cupcakes can be a little prissy, plus you have to unwrap them and everyone always uses way too much frosting, which you essentially have to dislocate your jaw to consume. Whoopie pies, on the other hand, are a frosting sandwich! It’s perfect–you have nice soft cake around your frosting, which you can’t achieve with cupcakes unless you doctor them. Also, you will never need a fork nor will you have a paper wrapper leftover that you awkwardly ball up and then discretely discard behind a plant or something. Not that I do that, of course.

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March 29th, 2014

Ciabatta

by Manasi

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O. M. G.  I hate to use teen language, but I dare you to not exclaim that as you’re stuffing your face with warm, homemade ciabatta. I dare you! All yelling aside, after making the English muffin bread, I decided to try my hand at some ciabatta. Big mistake–mainly because now I’ve committed myself to making this for the rest of my life. read more »

March 24th, 2014

Chia Seed Pudding

by Manasi

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Just in case you think we subsist on white bread and cupcakes, here is a healthy recipe for you. It can be paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free even fructose free if you so choose! I guess I’m showing a little of my bias, but as a future doctor, I hate all these fad diets. Granted, we have an obesity problem on our hands, so it’s not a bad thing to be talking about, but most people just decide they are going to cut out food groups as a substitute for thinking about the stuff they are putting in their bodies. Plus every decade seems to have a new enemy–the 90′s was fat, 2000′s was carbs, now we are anti-gluten and dairy. I mean, if you have Celiac disease, which is a very serious autoimmune problem, then yea, you should cut out gluten. Maybe you even have an intolerance and feel better without it–go ahead! But it’s likely not going to cure everything that ails you. My favorite take on diets is here (though I don’t necessarily know about the science behind missing nutrients based on cravings) Also, you should always get medical advice from your doctor and not some 4th year medical student’s food blog. Ok, putting away soapbox. read more »

March 17th, 2014

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting

by Manasi

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Uh, what? That’s what my brain said when I first read about a cupcake with cookie frosting. Initially I was a little skeptical because though I usually love contrasting textures, I don’t like crispy cookies on top of my cupcakes. Either you have to take them off and eat them separately or if you leave them on it will ruin the frosting or something else tragic. I know, cupcake problems.

Luckily, this is a soft peanut butter cookie that tops not only a delicious chocolate cake, but a rich chocolate ganache. This is not low calorie food people. I love peanut butter and chocolate and loved this take on it. I took these to a dinner party and they got completely wiped out–in fact one person went home without an extra! If that’s not enough to get you in the kitchen, not sure what else to tell you. Well, except get yourself in the kitchen and make these! read more »

March 12th, 2014

English Muffin Bread

by Manasi

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I recently decided that I was going to make bread again. I had tried it a couple of times, with good success, but then ‘the real world’ got in the way and I had completely stopped. I’m not sure what inspired me to get back into it, but luckily this supremely easy, non-fussy recipe has gotten me enthusiastic about making more of our bread. We are enthusiastic egg and toast eaters, so having good bread is key. Making your own bread is so delicious, plus your house smells awesome! read more »

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March 7th, 2014

Browned Butter Banana Bread

by Manasi

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Sometimes I buy extra bananas with the hope that we will not eat them quickly enough. Why? Because then it’s banana bread time! There are so many variations–healthy ones without butter or egg yolks, decadent versions that have streusel on top and all those in between. read more »

March 3rd, 2014

Baked Chicken Meatballs

by Manasi

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I had big plans for these meatballs. They seemed like the perfect gateway meat for Rishi–small and flavorful and easily cut up into pieces that he could eat himself. I spent a ton of time thinking about which type of chicken to buy, what day to make them, how to present them. The culmination of all this work was clearly Rishi taking one bite and then spitting it out. Ugh. Luckily for me, the consequences were 12 delicious meatballs all to myself. This is the advantage of marrying a vegetarian. read more »

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