Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cold Weather and Cooking

Cold weather and snow always make me want to cook!.  It has just begun to snow in Alexandria, and the weather guessers forecast 4-7 inches of snow before tomorrow morning!  I just added recipes for chicken curry and black bean chili, both perfect meals for the cold weather!  

Congo Squares

Congo Squares were very popular a few years ago. I almost forgot about them until I ran across a recipe for a blondie that looked very familiar. I remembered congo squares and immediately went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients!3/4 cup butter, melted 2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar 3 eggs 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour…

Black Bean Quinoa Chili

I found this recipe on line last week and immediately intrigued by the cooking instructions: put all ingredients in a pot and boil for an hour. The result is as fantastic as it is easy! Thanks to Lee Hersh and her Fit Foodie Finds blog for sharing this with the Ginhill family! 3 can black…

Scented Rice

1 cup rice 1.5 cups water 1 tsp. salt 4 whole cardamom pods 4 whole cloves 1 tsp turmeric 1/2 raisins (optional)   Scented rice is served with chicken curry.  Mix all ingredients in a pot deep enough so the rice does not boil over.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low for…

Rupen Rao’s Chicken Curry

Rupen Rao is a well known local chef, restaurant owner, and teacher. This recipe includes great advice on some basic techniques unique to Indian cooking. This recipe will serve 4-6 people.Rupen says, “When one makes the basic chicken curry, its a gateway to learning the base of Indian cooking, which is: 1) Add fat, saute…