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October Recap – The Kitchen Docs

Welcome to our new feature celebrating and recapping what happened in the past month. Day to day life and the recipes you all have been saving, cooking and sharing over the month. We plan to make it a monthly feature! Reality check – the last recap was in April..hah!! Let’s see what action occurred in October!

October 2019 is history friends! Seems like yesterday that we were talking about summer produce and this blackberry jam. Then suddenly everything about fall took over our life and now..we are already thinking about hosting Friends-giving parties. Crazy right? To recap October – I had to sit down and actually make a list of all we did…because we did a LOT. It was a whirlwind month to say the least.

Top recipes of October

First things first…top 5 recipes that you loved in October – it is a good mix, I would say. I could clearly sense what is going on in your kitchens. From a basic skill of how to make basmati rice on the stove top to warming and comforting roasted red pepper and gouda soup. I hope you have not missed any of these…if you did, nothing is lost and here you go!

Ravioli in Creamy Garlic and Spinach “White” Sauce

Ravioli in Creamy Garlic and Spinach White Sauce

Turns out using that you all love this healthier take (there’s spinach involved) on cheesy ravioli in a cream and garlic sauce. This pasta is waiting to be on your dinner table on a cool fall night! Get the recipe here.

Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Gouda

Soups that come together quickly and are made with ingredients mostly from your pantry are your absolute favorites. Happiness is – homemade soup! Get the recipe here.

Indian Spinach Rice or Palak Pulao Recipe

Palak Pulao

Add a healthier nutritional punch to a batch of leftover rice from the refrigerator. Yes please. I like that you like adding greens to food just like me! Get the recipe here.

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Easy-Slow-Cooker-Apple-Butter Recipe

Anytime you can make an appliance do the work for you while you are going about doing life, you should do it! Use your Slow Cooker/crockpot to create this magical spread! Get the recipe here.

How to cook Basmati Rice on the stove

OK! This right here is a basic life skill and I am so proud of you that you are acquiring this talent! Get the recipe here.


We pretty much wrapped an entire Indian festival season in one month – OCTOBER. Talk about extreme joy, community gatherings, food, dressing up in fancy Indian clothes, jewelry, food, lights, worship, elation, happiness, food, mithaii, desserts, more food, and exhaustion. Yup..that’s it!

40th Birthday

This girl turned 40 this month. Kind of a big deal for me. Physically, emotionally and mentally I am living my best life right now. And who doesn’t love life when you get mulberry silk Pjs and Le Creuset Dutch Oven for birthday presents!

Indian Cooking Classes

I taught my last Indian cooking class of this fall in October. We learnt how to make homemade paneer, kadaahi paneer, rice, roti, alloo pattie, pakode, tea and Indian coffee. If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you must have seen the action happen. If you don’t, why don’t you? Please go here and here to show this 40 year old Indian cooking class teacher some love, will ya?

Our local newspaper published an article on my cooking classes. I am humbled every day that I get to share my culture, my passion for healthy cooking and Indian spices with you all and my local community. Love you guys!

Family pictures

Is there something more heartwarming than a happy, full of life, family picture. We got our crazy family together amidst a crazy schedule and met our super talented photographer at a gorgeous location to make most of the fall colors and capture some candid moments. We did not have a lot of time and my biggest fear was that we won’t be able to capture many good shots so quickly but Tammy of Little Leapling photography did her magic and everything was right in TKD world again! The shoot yielded absolutely beautiful shots of our crazy family. Go check Tammy out here and here.


And last but not the least we had a super scary vampire and a sumo wrestler raiding the neighborhood for candy. We also took a trip to a local nursing home with Mr. Little V which was a very special and heartwarming experience. Earlier in the day I made some jack o lantern cheese quesadillas for Mr. Little V’s school fall party. Halloween tip: don’t go looking for a jack o lantern cookie cutter on Halloween day. You won’t find it and would end up making a stencil to cut out the shapes. You are welcome!

That’s our October folks! Hopefully I will be back with more recap posts here.

Love – Vaishali.


  1. Adrienne Foxx

    November 17, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Everything looks so yummy and fun! So much to celebrate! Happy birthday! I can’t wait to see what you have going on in the coming months!

  2. Brenda Kinne

    November 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Nice post, especially all the food ideas. Everything looked wonderful, can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

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