When I was ten years old I became obsessed with learning how to make my own clothes. It wasn’t enough for me to know that a dress can simply exist; I wanted to break it down to its core elements and master the process of creating it. My mother excited about the prospect of showing off an Indian daughter who had sewing as a superpower happily escorted me to our local Beverly’s Fabrics.Read More
My second favorite carrot cake recipe comes courtesy of the Silver Palate Cookbook. Put the grater away as this this easy one bowl recipe uses cooked carrot puree instead of instead of raw grated carrots. It’s sure to become your new go-to recipe.Read More
7 UP cake is a traditional Southern pound cake with a dense buttery crumb and a crunchy exterior. It’s perfect with tea or coffee and company. You can make it from a boxed cake mix or from scratch but both methods call for the addition of lemon-lime soda. I was first introduced to this cake by a woman who I affectionately called Grandma June who used to look after me when I was a kid. I whipped up a batch and the taste brought back a flood of wonderful memories.Read More
One of our recently featured restaurants on Check, Please! was Chicago Culinary Kitchen, which is a celebration of all things barbecue. While a discussion about the merits of various regional types of barbecue (Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas City, etc.) can quickly turn into a hot debate, what is not controversial is the universal beverage to enjoy with it…beer! Head on over to Alpana A La Carte and to check out my wine picks for pairing with BBQ!