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Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

3 key ingredients, some fresh lemon zest and juice along with some fresh thyme leaves is all it requires for this quick easy buttery Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies! The dough comes together easy and doesn’t even need a stand mixer. A bowl and a rubber spatula are enough. The dough rolls out easy and it’s fun to cut it out in your desired shapes.

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Easy Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd is a versatile condiment that is luscious, smooth and zingy. If you enjoy a little tang in your treats, you should definitely make it at home. Store bought ones are surely great but they are nothing like the taste of buttery creamy homemade fresh Lemon Curd. I also think Lemon Curd is a perfect edible gift. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like this citrusy deliciousness.

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Creamy Salmon Piccata

About 4 years back, I had prepared a similar dish but I had panko crusted the salmon and baked it in the oven. It was delicious. We love the tangy piccata sauce and I make it quite often with seafood or pasta. I never added cream and kept it light with just chicken broth. However, when I included cream in the sauce, it made the sauce so silky to the palate that we ended up licking the plate clean. No kidding! This Creamy Salmon Piccata takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, which is my book is a winning recipe.

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Almond Lemon Waffles

Few months back, we bought our first waffle maker. We have always loved waffles but somehow it took us a long time to get one of those gadgets. I just try not to crowd the kitchen with appliances. But thanks to the waffle maker, our weekend breakfast got easy. Most weekends, I like to serve something that takes more time to prepare than usual. But then on some weekends, I just want to make a fancy breakfast without putting any effort at all. On these lazy mornings, I make this Almond Lemon Waffles with colorful berries and whipped cream.

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Green Tea Mint Lemonade

One of my best friends recently bought a beautiful big house. The first thing that caught my attention was her kitchen. Gorgeous natural light! The second thing which caught my eye was the Meyer Lemon Tree in her backyard. I am one of those lemon fanatics who like to add a little citrus flavor in everything. From smoothies to curries to desserts! So, you can imagine my excitement when she showered me with a bag full of Meyer Lemons. These lemons are huge, some of them even bigger than my 50mm lens. If you follow my Instagram stories, you must…

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Lemon Cake With Basil Mascarpone Frosting

Last weekend was one of those rare weekends when we spent both the days at home. We relaxed, cooked a lot and ate cake for breakfast in our pajamas. It was Arvind’s birthday on Sunday and this time, I got a little ambitious with the cake. I layered the cake, covered it with basil frosting and even made candied basil leaves to decorate on the cake. Although the flavor was really nice, the cake turned out a tad bit dry. And as for making the cake look pretty, I have a long way to get there!

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Coconut and Lemon Fish Stew

My parents can never even consider cooking with frozen fish. Bengali meals are all about fresh lake fish, brought from the fish market every other day. I grew up with that belief and tried to follow the ritual for quite some time. It was only during our stay in US when I started to embrace the idea of using frozen fish. And soon I realized how swiftly a wholesome meal could come together with a fillet of frozen fish. While these frozen fillets don’t live up to a typical Bengali style fish curry but it sure does make a light…

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Shrimp and Mushroom in Ginger Lemon Sauce

Some dishes get ready so quickly that you wonder if there was any cooking involved at all. Such recipes come super handy when you want something homemade yet, you are not in a mood to cook. I usually get into that kind of a mood on a lazy Sunday, especially if Saturday night includes a little too many glasses of wine. On such hangover mornings, I like spicy warm meal with a zing and then later, a nap perhaps. Well, getting a snooze would be close to impossible but this Shrimp and Mushroom in Ginger Lemon Sauce is always workable, if…

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Lemon Pudding

People say my little brother and I look alike. We are not twins, just one year apart. He is taller than me, has a smart brain, doesn’t talk much and at times, he is very shy. Just like other siblings, we had our moments of cheerfulness, enjoyment, roughness and fights. I still remember the time when our youngest uncle was getting married. We cousins were playing around, making noises, dancing to loud music while my brother was helping dad and my other uncles arranging things for the wedding. He was always the more responsible one and now, in less than a…

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Honeyed Fig Cake

I finally started to feel the change in season. The crisp autumn wind is here and so are early morning chills. There are some rare glimpses of autumn shades here and there but mostly, the leaves are changing color from green to brown. Sun's direction has changed and I have shifted my indoor basil plant from its original place to get more sunlight, hoping that it would survive the season.

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Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea

This summer, probably for the first time, I am missing the Indian Monsoon. The rain, the smell of sand after first rain, getting drenched and especially, eating crispy pakodas with hot masala tea by the window while watching raindrops wash away the heat. It hasn’t rained here for so many months now that I have even forgotten when it rained last. Some days, it gets cloudy in the morning but by the afternoon, it’s a clear cheerful sky.  I hate to complain because nothing makes me happier than waking up to a sunny summer morning however, a little shower now and then would…