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Penne Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

I clearly remember when I started eating Pasta, it was not that long ago, I guess 4 years !! So, it was one such evening  when I had called Arvind for dinner; he was my BF then,  and wanted to make something special and different ( you know the common saying ' the way to Man's heart is through his stomach' ) I think I wanted to implement that ;) That's when I had made my first Pasta attempt , searched all over the net for something that looked simple and easy. If you know me, you will also know…

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Tomato Thyme Ricotta Galette

Juicy sweet summer tomatoes layered on top of creamy whipped ricotta and thyme, all tucked in a buttery crust. This Heirloom Tomato Thyme Ricotta Galette is a summer pleasure you definitely want to try. Of course, it’s tasty but with the heirloom tomatoes and tiny thyme leaves, it also looks really pretty. A perfect centerpiece for you brunch party will be this Heirloom Tomato Thyme Ricotta Galette!

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Summer Risotto with Tomato Confit and Zucchini

Risotto with tomato confit, zucchini and leak is a delightful summer risotto that is light and flavor packed. Tomato confit with those fresh zucchini blossoms creates a beautiful refreshing floral note to the comforting creamy risotto. My family loves risotto and I make it round the year with seasonal produce. One of my favorite early summer risottos is pea and asparagus risotto. Currently my tomato plant is giving us a lot of cherry tomatoes and I am making the confit on repeat. Last week I added it to our risotto along with zucchini that is also from my garden. Nothing…

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Tomato Garlic Confit

Tomato Garlic Confit with some fresh basil on top is a super easy and uber delicious appetizer. It will take less than 5 minutes to prep and 40 minutes in the oven. You can toss Tomato Garlic Confit with pasta, top it on risotto, rice or enjoy with grilled meat and fish. We finished it with some crusty sourdough bread, pretty much wiped the plate clean with the last slice of the bread.

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Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney

A Bengali meal often ends with a chutney and we always prepare it with seasonal fruits and veggies. My all-time favorite has been this Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney. You get the sweetness of the tomato and mild spiciness from whole fresh green chili. It typically served with rice however some people like to enjoy it with crispy papadum.

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Tomato Tart with Basil and Paneer

Some weekend starts on a very lazy note with a cup of hot ginger tea at ten in the morning followed by zero plans to implement. It doesn’t happen often but whenever it does, Arvind takes every opportunity to make the day as unproductive as he can and at times, I tag along with the flow. We order takeout, be a couch potato and watch movies back to back while sipping some wine or beer in between.

Green Tomato Chutney | Playful Cookinglink to Green Tomato Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney

As my Dad’s retirement day was approaching, my Mom started worrying more and more. He was never the kind of man who can sit idle or relax with a book and a coffee. His to-do list never got over and he enjoyed being active, on his toes all the time, including vacations. And once in a blue moon, when he spent a weekend afternoon over a long nap or with no work at all, he would regret saying ‘I wasted a day’. No matter how much Mom would try to explain him that we all need to slow down once in…

Grilled Salmon with Grilled Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cookinglink to Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Few weeks back, I joined the madness and shared my first instavideo after a long photo shoot. Once done, we sat for lunch and gobbled up what we prepared together (yes, it was one of those weekends). After a while, I checked my instafeed and turns out the video reached close to 700+ likes in like an hour (woot!) and a comment that said I reached the popular page. Wow, that’s something! Of course, I was excited and thrilled but what followed after that was horrible. There were a series of nasty, rude and mean comments. I just don’t understand…