Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Oh So Good !!!

Stuffed Peppers  - Oh So Good !!!

This post was in drafts since Thanksgiving, made it for Thanksgiving potluck . A perfect dish to feed crowd, can be prepped ahead, customized according to taste and a sure crowd pleaser. This could be a perfect recipe for your upcoming Super Bowl party.

I used Poblano peppers, which are very mild in taste and are quite meaty and easy to stuff.

Ingredients - Makes for about 12 servings

Half loaf of bread of your choice, I used sourdough bread which was about 2-3 days old.
1/2 a cup of Parsley,Cilantro
1/4 cup of Basil
tbsp of red pepper flakes (adjust accordingly)
1 cup of shredded three cheese mix (Mozzarella,Parmesan,Monterey Jack) you could use Feta or cheese of your choice
2 tbsp of Capers - I love CAPERS
Salt according to taste
1 cup of crushed dorrito's/chips for garnish as topping.
6 Poblano pepper slit in half and deseeded.
1 cup of store brought Marinara sauce.
1. Grind all the ingredients mentioned above except for Peppers and Marinara sauce.
2. Keep the mixture aside.

3. Slit  Poblano peppers in half length wise,deseed and clean the pepper and rub salt and allow them to stand for few minutes.

4. Now stuff the filling into the peppers
5. Repeat and fill the rest of the peppers with the filling.
6.Pre heat oven to 375 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil and place all the peppers into it.
7. Top the peppers with a tbsp or two of Marinara sauce.
8. Cover the baking sheet with foil.
9. Allow the peppers to bake in the over for about 45 minutes, adjust according to your oven setting, when you pass a knife through the pepper it should cut smoothly without resistance and that says done.

10.10. You can prep till here and freeze and then place into the oven when your guests arrive,makes for one less dish to prep on the big day.

11. Remove from heat sprinkle with crushed Tostito's /Dorrito's or chips and serve with a cold beverage.
Rest assured your guest s will love it  !!

Gentle reminder about Giveaway and fundraiser for Vaidehi Ashram for destitute girls, there is still plenty of time to donate and for your chance to win a Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press - Code RU12 - Remember every small amount counts !!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Giveaway & Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad

The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warmheartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest, it is as if we open an inner door. It reduces fear, boosts confidence and brings us inner strength. By reducing distrust, it opens us to others 
and brings us a sense of connection to others, and sense of purpose and meaning in life. 

- His Holiness  Dalai Lama

After reading Siri post about her visit to Vaidehi Ashram few days ago, my eyes swell. As a girl myself it's hard to picture what these little girls go through.As a regular volunteer for San Jose shelter I  know what it means to have a hot breakfast a bed to sleep every day. Every time I visit the Shelter I feel myself grounded in more ways than I can imagine, makes me aware of the blessings I have and to draw a definite line between Want vs. Need.  So when Siri announced a fund raising event for Ashram I was MORE than happy to participate/contribute. I am hoping my readers ,friends and family would join and make this fund drive a HUGE success. Read all about the fund raiser, details about the Ashram and ways in which you can be a part right here.

As a mother of two young boys my heart skips a beat when they go out of sight in a mall for few split seconds, or when they sleep hungry or every time they fall and bruise themselves. It’s hard to imagine the atrocities and pain these young girls have endured, brought into existence for no fault of theirs and left on streets to beg, turning them into prostitutes  agony these girls must have gone through is unthinkable some as young as two.

As fellow human beings I think we share a collective responsibility in reaching out and helping whenever we can so, please I humbly urge you to open your hearts and your WALLETS and help in ways you can, small drops of rain makes an ocean so every small amount that is donated will surely be put to good use and much appreciated.

Supporting this fund raising effort I am donating a Panini Grill which is up for grabs .There are many ways in which you can be a part of this effort and help.

So how can YOU contribute and win this Panini Press and 40+ other  exciting prizes 

1. Buy a Raffle Ticket (or 2 or more).

Each raffle ticket is worth $10 (or Rs.500). You can increase your chances of winning the giveaway by buying more than 1 raffle ticket.

For Example, a donation of $20 will fetch you 2 raffle tickets which can be used to choose on any of the raffle prizes. You can use all your raffle tickets on one prize (in turn increasing the chances in the lucky draw) or on different prizes. [Other prizes details in point 3]

2. How to Buy the Raffle Ticket

Use the widget below for making your payment. Once you click it, you will be able to make a payment via Paypal or credit.

Once the donation process is completed, please forward your payment confirmation message to info(dot)siri(at)gmail.com, clearly specifying [RU12 - 
Panini Press ]
] as the raffle prize you are interested in.

Within 24 hours, your name and contributed amount will be added to the ‘Fund Drive Supporters List’ at the very end of this post. If you want to stay anonymous, please let Siri know in advance. For any correspondence/questions/queries, use the comment section or the email address mentioned.

The fund drive ends on Feb 25th, 2012.

3. Other Raffle Prizes Offered

Quite a lot of beautiful souls have come forward to offer their support to this endeavor by sponsoring other prizes. You can use the same method (as in Step 2) to try your luck with other prizes too. Please refer Siri’s post which has all the details for other Raffle prizes offered..

Spread The Word

Share about this Fund Drive wherever possible - On your blogs, Facebook, Twitter (with hashtag#vaidehiashram) etc. Let your friends and family know about it. Please feel free to use any images and information posted in the Ashram posts below, to make your voice heard. Any help in any form in making this event a success is very much appreciated. :-)

Lets give these girls a hope and show them that world is not all bad but of generous souls that are compassionate enough to care.

Rest assured your funds are going to put to good use. Would end this post with a quote from Bhagwat Geeta which sums up this effort so well.
“Rasksho Raskshati Raskshita” ~ care and you shall be cared for.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hot & Sour Chinese Noodle Soup

Hot & Sour Chinese Noodle Soup

This post comes after a long hiatus , it just felt hard to resume blogging after holidays. I am glad I found the energy to get started today. Had a beautiful vacation to India came back and celebrated the new years with friends, all in all the last one month has been party every day kind. When in India met up with all extended family, grandparents, uncles ,aunts , cousins and best part had a reunion with friends whom I have met almost after a decade, yet meeting them after so long did not change anything seemed like we picked up right where we left.

Back to the grind in US have been  busy with kids & work, sometimes it feels like I need a mini vacation to get over the tiredness of vacation.

Last few days Bayarea has had freeze warning, near freezing temperatures make it hard  to go into the kitchen, cooking sure seems like a major chore, yet here I am blogging Sweet & Sour soup I made yesterday, was a hit with kids and they slurped down the soup with no complaints.

Soup inspiration comes from my previously blogged recipe 

Click here for recipe however few modification this time to make it a complete meal are added half a packet of Maggie noodles while boiling the soup and shredded cabbage finely and pan roasted till it turned crispy, makes for an excellent topping.

This spicy soup will definitely keep you warm and full this cold season. On an other note I am yet to post the round of Healing foods event, will try and post and announce winner hopefully by the end of the week.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sankrathi/Pongal Subakanshalu

సంక్రాతి శుభాకాంక్షలు

 Wishing all my readers a very happy Sankranti, may the year be as sweet and delicious as these Jamoons.

Sankrathi holds a very special place for me, the festivities, grand parents,cousins,shopping, food and not to mention card sessions everything around it was so special and fun growing up. Grew up experiencing the true way as done in villages. Wish I could turn time and relive those moments all over again this time with my kids.

For now I will relish those sweet memories and look forward to spending the weekend with family & friends.
Wishing all my readers a very happy Pongal/Sankranti

Don't forget to check out few of my previous post of Pongal/Sankranti

Sankarthi in Pictures
Festival Dishes
Kattu Pongal

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