Happy Diwali!

November 4, 2010

Kaju Barfi and Carrot Halwa

Today is Diwali, or the festival of lights, which is celebrated in India among many other countries. I’ve been on board with this holiday since my husband (then boyfriend) told me about it. The Indian New Year — it means you get to buy new clothes!

Really, though, can you imagine a guy getting all that excited about clothes? Over the years, as he told me a little more about the holiday (because previously I just heard “new clothes” and didn’t care too much about the actual meaning) he would always talk about the sweets his mom would make, and he’d get that happy look on his face, twinkle in his eye. Ahhh! This is what it’s all about for him — sweet treats! (more…)


What to do with a bottle of furmint?

October 18, 2010

Limerick Lane Furmint with Pate

I’ve waxed poetic about Limerick Lane’s wines many a time on this blog already, but they really just put out such wonderful wines. This bottle of furmint is no exception, though I was a little puzzled as to what I should do with it once I received it. Such an odd sounding wine — “fur… mint” I kept saying to myself. It came in a small bottle, so it must be sweet, I thought. So I decided to do a little investigation before opening.

I consulted my What to Drink book first, which has a handy reverse lookup (basically, what to eat). (more…)


Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 2, 2010

Cookies & Milk

Sometimes a girl just feels the need for some comfort food. Sweet comfort food. While it might be disastrous for my waist line to keep chocolate chips in the house, I’m pretty sure it helps my mental state.

After a few times making these cookies, I think I finally settled upon the perfect balance of wheat flour and white flour to make a sturdy, fat cookie that is the right amount of melt-in-your-mouth. The dough comes out nice and stiff, so you can easily grab a palmful of it, plunk it on the cookie sheet, and have 12 of these fellas in no time. (more…)