Sunitha’s Chicken Biryani


Sunitha’s Chicken Biryani. Our first draft began just before Diwali last November, passed along to me by Jen, the editor of our area “Blue Bell’s Finest” magazine.

Shortly following the grand Diwali “Festival of Lights” Party of the Indian Community within our development, Sunitha and I then began our journey together observing, preparing, unraveling, and writing the recipe on one of the world’s most complex culinary preparations, Biryani. This particular Chicken Biryani recipe, that of Sunitha’s family.


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Black Eyed Pea Salad


Not sure about you, but it already seems as if the New Year was ages ago. Last week I featured Collards with Bacon served up as part of my lucky New Year foods. Another among lucky foods prepared on this hopeful holiday always includes some version of black eyed peas. With the neighbors behind me having just returned from the holiday’s in Florida, I decided to prepare Black Eyed Pea Salad with the plan of sharing half the batch as a sort of welcome home while sending good luck their way.

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Collard Greens and Bacon


Lucky veg whose green color symbolizes money. Yes.

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Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper and Artichoke Dip, a lighter, healthier party appetizer


With New Year celebrations still a couple of days ahead many of us are still in the midst of the annual holiday foods extravaganza. I thought it might be fun to share this Roasted Eggplant, Red Pepper and Artichoke Dip, a lighter, healthier party appetizer. A wee touch of freshly grated Parmesan provides just a little salt balance pop combined with some healthy veg based ingredients for lots of tasty flavor in the noshing.

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles


Christmas week. We’ve ‘Decked the Halls’ and I’ll bet many of you have your cookie trays all readied for the holiday festivities. My Grandson, the J-Dude, and I got down to the serious business of baking and decorating our Christmas cookies over the weekend.

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Chocolate Coconut and Pecan Bars


Who makes the Chocolate Coconut and Pecan Bars as part of their holiday sweets collection?

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Rosemary & Goose Fat Popovers


Last week we prepared a holiday Roasted Goose on Spiced Peach which also then provided us with lots of delicious rendered grease, perfect for assorted uses such as these Rosemary and Goose Fat Popovers.  

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Roasted Goose


As they say, there is a first time for everything, and such it is on this occasion of preparing a Roasted Goose over the holiday season.

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Turkey Pot Pie


Not sure about you, but post Thanksgiving, outside of a couple favorite sandwiches, some random bits and slices to pick and eat straight out of the frig, there generally is not a huge bounty of leftover turkey in my house.

Well not enough anyway, to prepare anything resembling from among the ’35’ to ‘125’ circulating headline recipe preparations out there promoting ways to use it all up.

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Broccoli Salad, Thanksgiving or Tailgate Side


Broccoli Salad, Thanksgiving or Tailgate Side. I simply couldn’t help myself thinking about it, for although many folks across this country shall don their tables for the big roasted turkey with stuffing set upon tablecloths with fine china, crystal, and shiny polished silverware, still, there are plenty of others, including those in warm weather states, whose celebratory gatherings on Thanksgiving Day features football, perhaps even with a fried or smoked turkey at a big ole tailgate.

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