Happy 2013 and a fresh and healthy grilled eggplant orzo

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I hope each of you have been enjoying the holidays and had a great start to 2013! I hope 2013 will shower you with more love, laughter and success and leave no room for hate, regret or fear.

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Ravioli Night

I promised in my beet pancake post that I will be sharing more beet recipes. Here you go.

Though I made this for my baby girl and filing under “Baby Friendly” this is a delicious recipe and great for adult taste buds too. You may have to adjust the seasoning a bit if you are preparing this for the whole family.

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Bidding Good Bye to Summer with a Colorful Salad

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Fall is in the air. We entered the autumn equinox last week and I am thrilled. Usually, in Dallas, the scorching summer weather lasts till end of October but mother nature appears to be kind this year. We  already had few fall like days.

Before getting started with the warm spices and cozy fall flavors, I wanted to bid good bye to summer with a vibrant, fresh, colorful salad.

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Beef Patty for babies

Pincer grasp is an exciting fine motor development for babies. This important skill is the first step to self-feeding, reading, drawing, writing and caring for themselves. Though babies start developing this skill by 3 months, it may take at least a year for a baby to pick up small objects between thumb and forefinger. Between 8 to 12 months babies fine tune the grasping reflex. One of the great way to encourage and fine tune this skill is by offering small finger food to baby.

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A lesson in physics and chemistry

Delicate, classy, airy. Those are the words come to my mind when I think of soufflé.  Every time, I hear the word “soufflé”, I feel I am floating in light air. However, as much as I enjoy this classic treat, be it savory or sweet, the thought of making one always intimidated me. I was terrified due to its “complex and easy to ruin”, “hardest thing in the culinary world” reputation. In reality, they were pretty easy to make.

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Simple physics behind the puffiness. Bubbles of hot air get trapped in soufflés’ delicate structure. The bubbles deflate when cooled because the hot air contracts once out of the oven. The fluffiness of soufflé’s will go down within 5-10 minutes out of the oven, so you are better off serving them on the table right from the oven. Know the reason now why it takes forever for your soufflé to arrive at the table when you order one. You got that right, the chef prepares a soufflé after you order.

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