My Top Teen Chefs

About a month ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity to become the culinary coordinator for a chef internship for teens at a private school in the city. They are all levels of high school, and are all voluntarily a part of the internship based on their desire to learn to cook, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.

This is a phenomenal school they attend; the school specializes in accommodating the learning styles of students who are brilliant, but who also face challenges in the classroom due to learning disabilities. An internship makes these teens more skilled and more well-rounded as they get ready to enter the work force and pursue higher education.

If you follow my Facebook fan page, you may have seen pictures of food taken in a big, stainless steel, industrial style kitchen from time to time. That’s when I’m working.

Now, to accommodate what I do with TDH, my full time engineering job and this– I have to be up between 4:45am and 5:15am most days. And I’ll tell you– it’s all SO worth it! It makes me appreciate my time even more and also forces me to be more organized about meal prepping, personal time, sleep, etc.

For the most part, I create recipes for them or pull recipes from this blog or my book, The Divine Hostess: A Guide to Cooking, Hosting, and Healthy Living. My students who claimed to be picky eaters now can boast of trying a myriad of colorful fruits and veggies, green smoothies, vegan and gluten-free baked goods, and fusion dishes.

We’ve made raw tacos using large collard leaves and ground walnuts as meat.


The students also enjoyed a lesson on how to supreme citrus fruit and then used those to make a delicious arugula salad with lemony vinaigrette, citrus, and fresh herbs.

Most recently, the students used my chana masala tacos recipe and then had fun arranging these tacos with cilantro, colorful cabbage, and spices.


I cannot express enough how fortunate I am to have this opportunity to share my passion with young people! I think I am learning as much as they are. Stay tuned for more updates!


Cooking, Hosting & Healthy Living

Likely you’re reading this because you’re already subscribed to my blog for tips and recipes, or if you wandered to this site you’re someone interested in cooking or health.

A little about me, I recently finished a graduate program in mechanical engineering where I focused on solar cooking options for women in developing countries. It was such a good experience, and I honestly wish I had more time to explore.

Now I work full time and I haven’t saved the world yet, but I do make a little impact by working on reducing air pollution. In addition to this, in every moment of spare time I find, I devote myself to helping improving the quality of life of others around me by trading unhealthy habits for good ones! It’s really rewarding to hear stories of weight loss, improved strength, and even the elimination of the need of medication.

Going along with the theme of health, my most prized product is my book, The Divine Hostess: A guide to cooking, hosting & healthy living . I’m proud of this book because it is my way of sharing my personal experiences with learning to cook and discovering healthier ways to do so. Over the years I’ve found I can take charge of my health primarily by the way I choose to fuel my body, and I can have fun doing it!

If you haven’t purchased a copy, please stop by and do so today. You’ll be happy you did!


“Eat like you love to live!”


Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie

Have you  noticed the green drink craze lately? I don’t know when it started, but I think people would juice everything in their fridge if they could! It’s not a bad craze, though since most people have a tough time getting their recommended amount of fruit and veggies each day. I personally do not have a juicer, just a blender. This works just great for me, and I can gain all the same benefits without missing the fiber.

Long ago when I discovered dark leafy greens could be added to blended drinks with no detected flavor, I was amazed! This drink is all about boosting the metabolism and detoxing. Kale is rich in vitamin A and C, and ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to fight the common cold and flu. Look up all the benefits yourself for more info. You will be amazed! You can tweak the recipe to be more to your liking, but I added no additional sugar to it. I was going only for benefits and not so much for a desserty-tasting drink. It was citrusy and creamy, since I added protein powder.



  • 6 to 8 ice cubes
  • Protein powder (optional)
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 cucumber (Peel unless you have a super nice blender)
  • 1 clementine
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 lime juice

It yielded about 20 oz, and was 153 calories with my unsweetened soy vanilla protein powder. Watch me make the smoothie here:

My philosophy: Eat like you love to live! ❤

The Divine Hostess: A Guide to Cooking, Hosting, & Healthy Living

Front Cover

After a lot of hard work, I am happy to announce the arrival of my first book! Thank you everyone for your encouragement and sharing in my excitement on this journey. The book embodies my philosophy of eating well and living well. It’s not simply a cookbook-but it is instead a cooking handbook that assists with understanding herbs and spices, cooking techniques, and simple ways to entertain in groups.This book is great to have on hand when cooking and makes a fantastic gift. I hope you enjoy reading it!

With love,


How to Get the Book

The book is now available in my eStore at

*Signed copies available. 

The book is also available at  (Best for international purchases)

Nook, Kindle and iPad versions will be available in the next 30 days.

More about the book:

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Thank you so much for following my blog thus far. Most of you know I am working on publishing my book which is all about cooking, hosting and healthy lifestyle.  My design team has narrowed my covers down to two concepts. I’d really like to hear your feedback!


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All About Balsamic Vinegar

If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll have noticed that an item I use very often in my dishes is balsamic vinegar. This vinegar’s rich dark color is a nice indication of its equally rich and dark flavor. It’s a flavor enhancer, base for sauces and marinades, and an extra dimension of flavor. It can be your secret ingredient in stir-fry dishes, and it can also work to lower the amount of salt needed in a dish. Many have grilled peaches or other stone fruits with this vinegar, and topped it with a delicious reduction which thickens and becomes even more powerful in flavor. My preference is aged balsamic, so I use a good quality 8 year and it really lasts a long time! I highly recommend adding this to your pantry as soon as possible.

Below is my latest video discussing aged balsamic vinegar. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly posts!