Archive for the Family and Culture Category

Holiday Traditions

I married into a family that is very unlike my family of origin. We are of different races and ethnicities, different religions, different national backgrounds, different cultures. Yet despite these very significant differences, there are some commonalities in our celebration of the Christmas season. My

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A Half-Indian Thanksgiving (and Giveaway!)

First of all, Happy Diwali to all my Indian friends and family! B, the girls and I spent Diwali eating puri and a feast of vegetarian dishes with my in-laws (so delicious!). I hope you all had a wonderful Diwali this year. Now to the

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Pumpkin Time!

I love fall. The changing leaves. The cooling weather. The holiday festivities with family and friends. And the fall fruits and vegetables, especially pumpkins. Pumpkins remind me of the traditions surrounding the holiday season, and they are the beginning of a busy couple of months

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Comfort in a Cup

What comes to mind when you think of comfort food? Is it a particular food that somehow makes everything seem better when you are feeling down? Something crunchy? Salty? Sweet? Fried? Bready? All of the above? In the past, my comfort food would definitely have

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Dad’s Ribs

One of the best things about summer is barbequing and savoring all the yumminess that comes off a grill. I still haven’t done much actual grilling myself, but B has become quite good at it, and we enjoy all kinds of meats while the weather is warm.

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Sweet Potatoes: Not Just a Super Food

My kids love sweet potatoes. I mean, they really, really love them. They would eat them multiple times a day, every day (but as a fan of variety, I limit their intake to about one a day).  I always have several varieties of this terrific

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Cooking With the Kiddos

  Lately H has been asking to help me cook dinner, and I decided that it was about time to let her. She is five and a half, and has helped me with measuring ingredients, mixing, and baking, but she hasn’t ever helped cook on

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Fish Chips

You never really know whether you will like something unless you try it (which I tell my kids whenever I serve something new and they resist without actually trying it). You also never really know what kids will eat unless you make it available to

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Jungli Murgha

Mother’s Day this year was a bit unconventional, but it was probably my favorite Mother’s Day to date. My wonderful husband let me sleep in a bit, a very rare occurrence since the kiddos are early risers. Then we went to the Farmer’s Market (which

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Light Brown

Me with H. and A. in Lake Tahoe I am whiter than white. In fact, my legs (which see little sunshine) can blind oncoming traffic. I am also married to a beautifully brown man. Before having kids, I wondered what color they would be. Mixed-race

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