tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-106116092021-06-25T00:10:16.078-05:00One Hot StoveA Celebration of Home CookingNupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.comBlogger731125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-88656117061989343232021-05-12T06:30:00.001-05:002021-05-12T12:08:41.856-05:00Pav bhaji with a very pav-like focaccia, and what I'm readingA couple of months ago, I heard of a program in our community that delivers food to seniors in need. Someone came up with the idea to add homemade bread to the food delivery as a gesture of love, and asked for volunteer bakers. I volunteered to send two loaves, and decided that one would be sweet and the other savory. I ended up being a cake baked in a bread pan and a bread baked in a cake Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-78013116090398422312021-04-17T17:15:00.002-05:002021-04-17T17:15:56.122-05:00California rolls, knock-off Hot Pockets, and what I'm watchingIn my last post, I introduced the United Tastes virtual travel project that my daughter and I have started, and shared what we made for the four "A" states. Our alphabetical journey continued west from Arkansas to the great state of California, the Golden State. California is a state that is golden in many ways- it bears an outsize influence on the culture of the US and the world in general. Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-16497319646691141502021-03-24T17:30:00.002-05:002021-03-25T06:38:15.586-05:00Chocolate fondue, vacation eats, and the United TastesI had some inertia after my last post in Jan that turned into an unplanned months-long break from blogging- chalk it up to not wanting to crack open a laptop in the evenings after cradling one all day for work. As for weekends, they seem to disappear without a trace. Now Spring is here and I thought I would pop in and share some food moments from the past few weeks. Valentine's Day fell on a Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com15tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-29484384843436879432021-01-18T08:48:00.000-06:002021-01-18T08:48:59.810-06:00Blog Post Redux: Make the Ghee, Buy the PaneerI've been posting on One Hot Stove for about 16 years now. Yep, I've been blogging here practically since dinosaurs roamed the planet. I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my favorite posts from yesteryears. Today I am revisiting "Make the Ghee, Buy the Paneer" from March 2013. I started that post saying, "Once in a while, there comes along a book that is downright entertaining." Well, Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-8939157745694154012021-01-03T11:43:00.000-06:002021-01-03T11:43:23.641-06:00Welcoming 2021 with lasagna and jigsaw puzzles2021 has arrived quietly after a year that felt about a decade long. Our little family celebrated New Year's Eve quietly at home with a candle-light dinner. The kids made some decorations with construction paper, and declared themselves in charge of appetizers- they put out a tray of crackers with peanut butter and jam, and some apple slices. I made a big pan of vegetable lasagna.A friend had Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-82850109639908172422020-11-28T13:19:00.000-06:002020-11-28T13:19:16.052-06:00Thoughts on Sugar, Two Sweet Treats and a Book ReportNicola Twilley recently had a fascinating article in the New Yorker on the race to redesign sugar. "In 1800, an average American would have lived and died never having encountered a single manufactured candy"...or sweetened yogurt/cereal/drink etc. etc. with added sugar. Well, that certainly changed in a big way and very quickly! The article talks about corporations taking on the challenge of Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-22251137299183068672020-10-10T14:18:00.003-05:002020-10-10T14:18:49.681-05:00Texas Caviar, Brown Rice Pilaf and What I'm WatchingSummer days have given way to cooler temperatures and darker evenings. We continue to take life one day at a time. My new job leaves me pretty frazzled at times, and the rest of the day is spent in putting dinner on the table, parenting and chores. We try to get out and walk on trails and in parks every chance we get.My daughter and I have started doing "cozy evenings" and those are the Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-47269894582031571842020-09-12T10:29:00.002-05:002020-09-15T05:23:59.652-05:00The Big Idli PostMy idli recipe was requested, and I am happy to have a reason to note it down here in as much detail as I can. Idlis- those fluffy, savory, fermented rice cakes- are an iconic food of Southern India. I grew up in Southern-adjacent Maharashtra in Western India. Idlis are very popular in Maharashtra too. My guess is that they were introduced locally by the ubiquitous cheap and cheerful Udipi Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com37tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-33584794251491890922020-08-27T17:17:00.002-05:002020-09-15T05:25:20.264-05:00Rediscovering Short StoriesModeling clay Ganpati bappa madeby my sister and nephew! I started to write a post about my idli recipe- and it was getting so long-winded that I removed the book portion to post here separately. Idli post to come in a couple of days! Meanwhile let's talk about books.* * * Image: GoodreadsSomething that really brightened up my week was this book- Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due. Sinking Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-18619773847181710902020-08-14T18:34:00.025-05:002020-08-14T18:34:00.146-05:00Impossible quicheWe're halfway into August and the pandemic summer goes on and on. It is Friday now and this week has been a routine and uneventful one. But last week felt very anxious and discombobulated. There was a COVID scare in our household, then one of our kids fell and dislodged a front tooth and needed urgent dental care. We heard from three people close to us who have all lost family members either to Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-37791191999545564022020-07-30T17:54:00.002-05:002020-07-30T18:05:14.566-05:00Birthday pancake & cake, and an improv chutney for idlisOur son turned 4 this month- our little guy with the big and boisterous personality. He loves water play, books and watching "scary and creepy" shows, can't recognize alphabets yet but knows the names of about 40 different Pokemon, insists of wearing only muscle shirts in summer, competes ferociously with his big sister and declares "I need something sugary" a couple of times a day. So he got twoNupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com20tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-57166974487446205592020-07-12T19:34:00.003-05:002020-07-12T19:34:36.736-05:00Blueberries, Chanterelles and Noodle bowls To state the obvious, the summer of 2020 is not like any other summer ever. The present feels dystopian. The future feels ominous. In all honesty, I find myself very dejected and anxious these days while also acknowledging that my family and I are OK and luckier than so many. I haven't felt like blogging for weeks even though the kitchen has been extra busy. Working at home on my laptop all dayNupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-31250757229169962882020-05-31T18:08:00.002-05:002020-05-31T18:08:50.043-05:00Book Summary: The End of Overeating A couple times every year, there are big book sales in our town. Great heaps of gently used books are sold for a dollar or two each and the proceeds benefit good causes like childhood literacy organizations and special programming at the public library. I shop these book sales with the wild-eyed enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store, trying not to throw myself at the long tables filled with booksNupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-46587697674504507472020-05-10T18:38:00.000-05:002020-05-10T18:38:45.204-05:00Sweetening social isolation, and books we're reading I posted lots of savory meals in my last post. Over the last couple of months, we've made some sweet treats too and I'm rounding them up here. On Easter weekend, my British Baking Show- loving daughter was in a baking mood. We decided to make something seasonal, like carrot cake, and in order to fancy it up a little, made a carrot cake roll instead. It was an easy recipe to follow and came Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com26tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-87825313678923751882020-04-25T10:36:00.000-05:002020-04-25T10:36:14.080-05:00Food in the Time of Lockdown- 38 days and counting It has been about six weeks since our family has been sheltering in place at home, like most of the rest of humanity. As non-essential workers, our only mandate at the minute is to stay home and be out of the way. There is much to be grateful for- we have food and a comfortable home, a yard where we can enjoy nice Spring weather, and a neighborhood that is safe and very quiet, where we can go Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com27tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-68696903826831133692020-03-21T06:55:00.000-05:002020-03-21T06:55:26.439-05:00One-Pot Rajma Chawal, Pizza and Quarantine Reading We are sheltering in place, like broad swaths of the globe. I have started my new role as a second grade homeschool teacher. My daughter's public school has been superb- earlier this week, the principal and assistant principal stood outside the school for 3 hours as parents came by to pick up packets of worksheets and home lessons. Every morning, teachers post a cheerful message and mini Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-83236196476793164072020-03-15T19:56:00.001-05:002020-03-15T19:56:39.209-05:00Sipping Soup for Viral Times This big blue planet seems like a small place now, as everyone around the globe is huddling from and struggling against the novel virus COVID-19. Around here last week was relatively normal (we were on Spring break and even took the kids to the High Museum in Atlanta), but now schools are closed for the next week and quite possibly longer. All around us is a ghost town as people seek to isolate Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com19tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-29805766003946603162020-02-18T09:58:00.000-06:002020-02-18T09:58:07.975-06:00Neapolitan ice cream cake, and unexpected snow I am a heavy user of the local weather app. Out of sheer necessity. In January and February in these parts, you never know if it will be 40F or 70F on any given day, and you need some predictive guidance on what to wear. Last weekend, though, I wasn't paying attention to the weather app on a lazy Saturday morning and something magical happened. We looked out of the window and saw fat snowflakesNupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-77708782392316635812020-01-03T12:05:00.000-06:002020-01-03T12:05:10.115-06:00Winter break in Dallas, and 2019 in Books Happy 2020, friends!May it be a good one! Black eyed peas and greens curryfor a lucky New Years' Day lunch Christmas idlis! We spent our winter break with my sister in Dallas. Our flight landed on the afternoon of December 25 to balmy temperatures in the 70s- that's Christmas in Texas! (Temperatures did drop later in the week.)  My sister thoroughly spoiled us with loads of Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-6343219238839521642019-12-25T06:49:00.000-06:002019-12-25T06:49:30.528-06:00Holiday Crafts and Goodies Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! It is winter break over here and the "making" is in full swing. Here is a quick round up of all the baking and crafting going on over at casa One Hot Stove. The elementary school hosts a holiday market each year in early December, putting tables in the hallways and letting kids, teachers and parents sell homemade stuff to each other. My 8 year old was Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-81516588470417837922019-12-17T10:50:00.000-06:002019-12-20T12:12:51.044-06:00How Not To Die, and other food for thought I recently read a book called How Not To Die by Michael Greger. Right off the bat, I thought the title was irksome- after all, which one of us is going to survive this crazy train called life? While there are people who dream of prolonging human life and go to extreme lengths to hack longevity, but I have no desire to live into my 90s and 100s. But I know this provocative book title is more Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-47286701782492088092019-12-10T08:42:00.000-06:002019-12-10T08:42:38.593-06:00Steel Cut Oats: A Revival For about 5 days in November, I was trapped in a dome in Washington DC- a 19 story, glassed-in dome, resplendent in holiday decorations and glitzy as all get out. It was a convention center and I was there with some colleagues for a conference.  For all that opulence, the food choices in this place were pretty dismal. Between talks and sessions, when we had the time (and decent weather- thisNupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-56108576950429696192019-10-14T13:20:00.000-05:002019-10-14T13:20:16.249-05:00Chinese Takeout at Home, a Rainbow Birthday Cake and Duncan's Recovery It has been a busy and rather stressful month over here. Some of it was routine (V traveling for work), some was fun (a birthday) and a bunch of it was awful (doggy surgery), and all of it meant that our meals were basic and simple affairs. On the weather front, northeast Georgia has been mind-boggling. The autumnal equinox came and went on September 23 while we sizzled on and on in the 90s. Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com27tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-6727949580952504942019-09-11T18:27:00.000-05:002019-10-14T13:21:24.686-05:00What's in the spice cabinet? A detailed inventory, and a spice giveaway A corner cabinet in my kitchen is home to the spices. That motley collection of little jars and bottles does so much heavy lifting in the making of flavorful meals. Spices, unlike wine, don't improve with age. For weeks I have wanted to give this space a mini makeover, to clean it out and refresh it and look at what I really have on hand. Last Friday evening, after dinner and kitchen clean-up, Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10611609.post-10909838551437292592019-08-31T13:12:00.000-05:002019-08-31T13:12:19.768-05:00Oodles of Noodles, Bowl Dinners, and a Crafty Tee August was the month of blistering heat and furious thunderstorms around here. Summer is typically the time for afternoon showers, no question, but it feels like we never have normal rain any more. It is either no rain or else rain that hammers down in sheets, flooding basements and uprooting trees.  Half a world away, people in my hometown in India had to endure weather events on a much Nupurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03890441057480820053noreply@blogger.com10