• Snake Gourd Pasta Sauce - Tomato free!

    Snake Gourd Pasta Sauce - Tomato free!

    Serves 2

    Did you know that a fully ripened snake gourd vegetable transforms into a wonderful tomato replacement? The pulp surrounding the seeds are a bright red color and have a sweet flavor. The orange creamy pulp that is on the skin has a very nice mild pumpkin flavor and has the texture of very creamy mashed potatoes. These two pulps blended together create a smooth sauce and when adding yogurt whey (the sour flavor) it creates a perfect tomato sauce! So delicious!

    Here is the wonderful dish I put together together today. Mostly all ingredients came from the garden!

  • Fried Taro Root Chips

    Fried Taro Root Chips

    Serves 3

    If you live in the tropics, taro root is a great vegetable to grow on a self sufficient farm. It gives a lot of food and there are so many different ways of preparing dishes with it. Try these fried taro chips. They're crunchy and delicious!

  • Magical Pink Tulsi Infused Lemonade

    Magical Pink Tulsi Infused Lemonade

    Serves 4

    It is spring time and the Tulasi Manjaris are blooming by the hundreds. We have lots of her to offer to Kṛṣṇa. What to do with all the mahaprasad manjaris after offering them to Kṛṣṇa? Here is a lovely and magical drink that is sure to increase your devotion for Tulasi! Tulasi Maharani ki jaya!

    "Lord Hari has personally declared that even after committing thousands of sinful activities in the early part of his life, if one eats tulasi leaves, he will be freed from the reactions to all his sins."

    Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa 9.218

Got tulsi water?

"Long ago, at the time of churning the ocean of milk, for the benefit of all living entities, Lord Viṣṇu created tulasi, which contains the essence of all medicinal herbs." [Hari Bhakti Vilasa 7.267]

"Anyone who, dying, will get the water of the Tulasi leaf will be redeemed from all his sins and proceed to Vaikuntha. Whoever constantly drinks such water will be redeemed in his lifetime and get the fruits of a dip in the Ganges." [Brahma-Vaivarta Purana, Prakriti-Khanda, Chapters 21]

Another Inspiring idea!

A great way to keep all your farm animals healthy and beautiful is to add a little fresh morning cow urine to their drinking and bathing water. They not only get the internal medicinal benefits but also the external benefits of keeping their skin free from infections and insects.

When food is offered to the Lord

"When food is offered to Lord Krishna with love and devotion and He is pleased and accepts it from the devotee, Rukmini-devi, the goddess of fortune, becomes so greatly obliged to the devotee that she has to personally go to the devotee's home to turn it into the most opulent home in the world. If one feeds Narayana sumptuously, the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, automatically becomes a guest in one's house, which means that one's home becomes opulent."

[Śrīla Prabhupāda comments in: Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.81.10]

Quick tip:

Living out here in rural Mexico we can't always get many things, like cupcake liners. So here is a tip I wanted to share with you. You can use coffee filters! Just place one in the cupcake pan and use a heavy item to press down the paper. I used a lemon as you see. Then cut the edges as you like. Hare Kṛṣṇa!


Banana flour? How cool!!

Letter from Śrīla Prabhupāda:

I have duly received the bananas you sent, and you can send me these dried bananas tons and tons. It is very useful and can be nicely used for our Ekadashi foodstuffs. After drying the bananas you can make powder, just like flour, and out of this you can prepare puris, halava, pakoras and other fruit products.

(ACBSP. Letter to Govinda. 27th October 1969. Tittenhurst, John Lennon's place.)

Milk Hair Conditioner

I have been experimenting with natural hair conditioners for years now and have tried everything it seems. Finally I found it! ..... Milk!

Just fill a spray bottle with cold milk and spray your hair until nice and wet. Put your hair up in a bun and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then wash it out with your regular shampoo. No need to use any hair conditioner!

It leaves your hair super soft and silky smooth, like babies hair. It even works as a detangler! All glories to Mother Cow!!

You gotta try it!

Krishna's desire

Whatever is most desired by one within this material world, and whatever is most dear to oneself - one should offer that very thing to Me. Such an offering qualifies one for eternal life.

[Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 11.11.41]

Tulasi ki jaya!!

One who regularly honors Lord Viṣṇu's prasāda with tulasī leaves, along with the water that washed His lotus feet, obtains the merit of performing ten thousand million sacrifices.

[Hari-bhakti-Vilāsa, Ninth Vilāsa Text 393]

Decorate your altar with a cow dung floor!

"One should smear cow dung on the floor of My temple. By doing so, he will reside with Me as My devotee for as many thousands of years as he takes his strides while smearing the cow dung inside the temple and on the grounds surrounding it. While smearing cow dung in My temple, as many steps one takes, he will enjoy life in heaven for that many thousands of years." [Hari Bhakti Vilāsa - Fourth Vilāsa Text 15-16]

Tired of over boiling the milk?

Great tip:

When boiling milk, place a wooden spoon over the top of the pot like this and it won't boil over. Here I am making sweetened condensed milk, which takes over an hour, and I never have to worry about it boiling over with this method. Works great!

How to safely open a hot pressure cooker within 10 seconds

Great tip:

Sometimes I need to open my pressure cooker quickly and not have to wait 10 minutes for the pressure to finally release. This might sound dangerous but I promise you it is perfectly safe. All you have to do is run cold water over the top of the hot pressure cooker and open the pressure valve all the way. Within 5-10 seconds the safety lock is released. Make sure all the pressure is out and you are free to open. It is an amazing trick, I do it all the time!

Great use for cow urine

We found another great use for cow urine!

Soak your fruits and vegetables in water with 1 tablespoon of cow urine for at least 30 minutes. It purifies the food from dangerous chemicals and is a miraculous poison destroyer. Cow urine is a germicidal, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and an antitoxin!

Hare Kṛṣṇa!


Great Kitchen Tip:

If you are sometimes clumsy in the kitchen, like me, and burn yourself while cooking, here is a great tip that I have used. Make a paste out of baking soda and a little water. Gently rub on the burn. Let it dry and then rinse off. You will find that the burning pain has completely gone away or is greatly minimized, depending on the severity of the burn. You will see that by the next day you won't feel any pain and the burn will heal nicely. I have used this technique a couple times and it works wonderfully!

Hare Kṛṣṇa!

Homemade Cow Dung Plaster

I experimented with the cow dung plaster paint and came up with another great color!


2 parts red clay
4 parts soft cow dung
7 parts lime powder

So beautiful! .... and the texture is very artistic and natural.

Glories of Prasadam

Simply by honoring Lord Viṣṇu's remnants of food, one obtains the merit of observing one thousand Ekādaśī vratas and ten million fasts.

[Hari-Bhakti-Vilāsa Ninth Vilāsa Text 408]

Pure Bliss

"Can anyone achieve more happiness than that which is obtained by eating My prasāda after worshiping Me and offering Me very palatable food?

Varāha Purāṇa

Easy homemade pickle

Making homemade "Lemon Pickle". Super healthy and super tangy. Great for digestion when eaten with meals!

Fill a glass jar with chopped up lemons. Add one tbsp salt. Close the lid and leave in the sun for a month. Occasionally shake the jar to mix all the ingredients. Simple!!

Offering drinks to the Lord

The Supreme Lord becomes very pleased with a person who offers Him varieties of drinks and juice made with cardamom, cinnamon, yogurt, nāgakusuma, camphor, vījapura, sugar, honey, jaggery, oranges and other fruit. Such an offering awards a devotee the merit of performing a Rājasuya sacrifice.

[Vīṣnu-dharmottara on the glories of offering drinks to the Lord]

The power of milk!

"Although in this age men can live up to one hundred years, their duration of life is reduced because they do not drink large quantities of milk."

[Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.6.12]

10 great ways to use up your excess whey

1. Substitute whey in any baking recipe that calls for water (or even milk).
2. Use whey to soak grains. It makes them more digestible.
3. Use whey to cook pastas, potatoes, oatmeal, or rice.
4. Add whey to soups and stews.
5. Add whey to homemade fruit smoothies or milkshakes.
6. Use whey as a hair product. Makes a great conditioner!
7. Feed it to the dogs.
8. Make whey lemonade. Click here for recipe
9. Use whey to water your plants.
10. Pour into your compost bin.

Honoring Prasadam

“A person who honors the prasada and regularly eats it, not exactly in front of the Deity, along with caranamrta [the water offered to the lotus feet of the Lord, which is mixed with seeds of the tulasi tree], immediately can achieve the results of pious activities which are obtained through ten thousand performances of sacrificial rites."

Stated in the Padma Purana and quoted in the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 9

  • Snake Gourd Pasta Sauce - Tomato free!
  • Curds and Whey Soup with Pumpkin and Drumstick leaves
  • Fried Taro Root Chips
  • Easy Homemade Whey Powder
  • Magical Pink Tulsi Infused Lemonade
  • Easy Banana Bread Cupcakes
  • Prabhupada's Prasadam Cookies
  • Steamed Vegetables in a Coconut milk and Chickpea broth
  •  Buttery Lemon Spaghetti with Chickpeas
  • Moist Oatmeal Breakfast Cake served with Homemade Roselle (Jamaica) Jam
  • Orange Sweet Cinnamon Rolls
  • Green Bean and Paneer Stir-fry with a Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Fluffy Baked Powdered Sugar Donuts
  • Gourmet Pizza with a Creamed Sweet Potato and Carrot Sauce
  • Sweet Spice Pumpkin Bites

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