Seared Scallops and Fingerling Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Aioli

Fingerling Potatoes are at the market!  I love the sweetness of these delicate little potatoes, and their size makes it more reasonable to serve an entire potato than those giant fellows you get at the grocery store. Secretly (not so secretly), I hate peeling vegetables. I almost never peel carrots when a recipe calls for […]

Seared Fingerling Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Aioli

Fingerling Potatoes are at the market!  I love the sweetness of these delicate little potatoes, and their size makes it more reasonable to serve an entire potato than those giant fellows you get at the grocery store. Secretly (not so secretly), I hate peeling vegetables. I almost never peel carrots when a recipe calls for…

Trio of Sauces – Peach Confiture, Aioli, and Cilantro Chutney

I think its evident that I don’t like to plan average cookouts! With very few exceptions, boxed foods are not even allowed in my home. I try to make my own everything, and if I don’t, I generally reach out to a reputable seller that makes products in house. Our lovely guests brought all of…

Dal Makhani

Lentils and beans end up on my menus a lot. Such an inexpensive ingredient but creates a rich and powerful flavor. In the winters, I put them in stews, and in the summers they make wonderful salads. Dal seems to be a name that refers to a wide range of lentils, beans, and peas and…

Gulab Jamun

For over a decade, I have loved “Indian syrup balls,” those amazing little balls found at the end of every Indian buffet. It took me going to an Indian market with Gonzo last year to figure out what they were called. This was a challenging recipe, but I am glad I made it. There are…

Goat or Lamb Biryani

This dish is always a crowd pleaser in the best Indian joints I frequent. Only once did I see it presented traditionally with the chapati crust. Reading many recipes, I decided this was an amazing challenge to make authentically with the crust and the goat meat that it would traditionally be served with. I have…

Introducing Chez Nous – The Cookbook!

WHY CHEZ NOUS: COMMUNAL DINNERS? I have long dreamed of publishing a cookbook. In fact, over the past decade, I have made dozens of editions of cookbooks. They have made their way into Christmas presents and personal archives, finally, after years of work and research, I am thrilled to announce the first public edition of…

Creamy Chicken and Fig Curry

My chicken and fig curry was one of the most popular dishes from our Indian dinner a few months back. My friend Gonzo, an amazing cook who occasionally cooks with me for Chez Nous Dinners, insisted that figs are not a traditional flavor in Indian dishes, but I decided to give it a try anyway!…