Fast and Easy School Lunches

Fast and Easy School Lunches

A version of this article was first published in September 2010.  As we get ready for the new school year, I have started engaging my two boys on the topic of school lunches. Since my teenager’s palette oscillates faster than the stock market, he keeps me guessing as...

Will Sambar Die With Me?

My cousin Ravi and his wife Radha were visiting America  for the very first time. One day, as I was waiting to pick them up for a drive around town, Radha was unusually late. As she slowly stepped into the car, she handed me a small box, saying “this is what made me...
The Food We Eat

The Food We Eat

Other Avenues Are Possible By Shanta Nimnark Sacharoff. PM Press. Available as paperback.amazon.com When I moved to the Bay Area in the 90s I came across a book called Flavors of India by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff. I was intrigued by the recipes as they were Indian but...
‘N Dive Into Chicory!

‘N Dive Into Chicory!

My childhood is filled with memories of waking up to the strong aroma of filter coffee. My grandmother needed her cup of coffee to be just the way she liked it. Her day began with brewing a huge steel filter full of coffee and it ended with her ritual of washing that...
Easy Wintertime Afternoon Snacks

Easy Wintertime Afternoon Snacks

When we lived in Coimbatore my mom and our neighbor, who was at least twenty years younger than her, became the best of friends. Many an evening, as I walked home from school, I would see mom and her bestie sitting on the stairs with a cup of coffee and a plate of...