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Aunt Pitty Patty’s old fashioned cornbread

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Bread, Storybook | 1 comment

I checked out Aunt Pitty Patty’s Piggy couple of weeks ago.I noticed folksy English sketch and design inside the book,which i am easily drawn to.Story is about, Aunt Pitty Patty who went to the market with her niece Nelly and bought a pig.But pig was very very stubborn and will not buzz from its spot to move inside the gate.Nelly begged cow,dog,mouse,stick and fire but all was in -vain.Finally she was able to negotiate a deal  with farmer Brown.Action take by Nelly,results in succession of  chain reactions which ends up sending the stubborn pig inside the gate.In the end Nelly,farmer Brown and Aunt Pitty Patty enjoyed good dinner.Pleasantly enough,Aunt Pitty...

Applesauce Granita

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Frozen dessert, Storybook | 0 comments

Hot Texas Summer is here.One of our favorite summer time activity is to read books.So we are taking advantage of our local library and checking out the books by the bagful in no particular order. We read the story of John Chapman,American Pioneer who became the legend,better known as Johnny Appleseed.If you are like me who did not grew up with the tales of Johnny Appleseed,let me tell you about him in few lines.John Chapman set out to explore the woods of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois at young age.It was the time of revolutionary war and turmoil in American history.As he made his way around the woods,he planted the seeds of apple...

Nish’s Coconut Laddu

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Dessert, Indian | 1 comment

First comes the name.If you are wondering about the second word ‘Laddu’ it simply means sweet balls.It is important to note that  term ‘laddu’ is reserved  for  ‘sweet‘  balls of deliciousness.If it savory balls,it will be called ‘Kofta’ not ‘Laddu’. When I think of this dish, I think of my mom, grating the fresh coconut laboriously and  condensing the milk by stirring it constantly.We all sitting around the pot of mixture and helping her shape it like a ball as quickly as we can.Multiple hands, multiple ‘laddus’ at once, taste testing and job done quickly.This sweet tasty ball of goodness have been my favourite way of eating coconut since then. Thing...

Emily’s Angel Crisps

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Dessert | 1 comment

When I think of Indian dessert, I think of kheer, Gulab-Jamun, Kaju-Burfi  but when I think of American dessert, I think of cookies, followed by cake and brownies.I am fortunate to have friends who are gifted bakers and Emily is one such friend of mine and sweet sister in Christ.Sugar cookies anyone? She has taught me hands down,how to tame down the finickiness of  temperamental  ‘cookies’, though mine will be saluting hers from rank below.She grew up baking cookies with her mom.In her own words. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t in the kitchen baking something delectable with my mother.I would be cutting out biscuits, stirring, or just...

Meemaw’s Potato Salad

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Salad | 0 comments

If you are thinking ‘Meemaw’ is the name..hmmm..think again. “Meemaw’ is the term grandkids in our family use for my mother-in-law.There is a popular saying in this part of Texas ,”Your first grandkid names you”.So nannie, gammie, memaw,mimi  and whatever else new grandma agrees on,are some of the adorable terms to address  just like gramps, poppie, papaw are some of the popular choices for grandpa.It varies from family to family. Though it is not a standard term to address grandma/grandpa across US.My friend from North US tells me they stick with ‘grandma’ and ‘grandpa’ just as it is.Though it is also common to suffix with the name like Grandma/Grandmother Julie...

Donna’s Belgian Waffles

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Couple years ago,at the end of our sunday school year,we were planning a fellowship to discuss next year SS calendar events.Though not all of us knew what will take place in next calendar year precisely,everyone was unanimous that fellowship should take place at Donna’s house over her Belgian waffles.Friends who had tasted her waffles before did great job convincing us, who had not ,that if you miss it,you will regret it for the rest of your life.So yes,some of us made sure to go to the planning meet, more so to eat waffles then talk about next year’s  SS calendar.And yes,every bite of it was delicious, light and fluffy,...

Gammy’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Dessert | 1 comment

I celebrated Mother’s day this year,a day prior.My sweet hubby treated us all at one of our favorite Italian restaurant, en route from Mickey Mouse world.I decided to switch from my regular order of Chicken Marsala,which I absolutely love to ‘Eggplant Parmigiano’ hesitantly.And I was not disappointed.It was light and delicious unlike my previous not so tasty experiences.We all were so stuffed that there was no room for dessert, so I told myself that once I get back to home I will make up for it. One of my all time  Favorite American dessert is scrumptious pound cake.I like this honest to goodness,very rich,soulful piece of heaven more than any other kind of cake or cookies.So...

Yucca Fries

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Side Dish | 0 comments

Did you just say “What?”No i did not made up the name..Let me introduce you to this wonderful vegetable called ‘Yucca’.You must have bypassed it several times.It is hanging out right by its tuberous buddies, potatoes, sweet potatoes.If you like potatoes,i ask you to give ‘potato’ much deserved break sometime and take  buttery ‘yucca’ for a ride in your pot and pans.If you  still do not know what I am talking about,i give you a hint,it is closely,yes motherly related,to ‘Tapioca’. Now that you are on board with me,let me tell you,today’s mother’s day special is shared by my friend Stacey.She grew up in Brazil.Yucca Fries freshens up fun growing up...

Jiaozi

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in NonVeg | 1 comment

My husband and I ,have our favorite Chinese restaurant in city and we often order ‘shrimp Har Gau’ from the Dim Sum menu.My kids love dipping it in soy sauce and can eat it pretty quick.Har Gau,Jiaozi,Gyoza,sui mai,guo tie to name some, are chinese /Japanese dumpling collectively.Naming differencs indicates the subtlety of the dish at various level.Like How it is cooked?Boiled vs steamed vs pan-fried .What kind of flour is used,wheat Vs Tapioca Vs I don’t know?How it is closed ?pleated Vs coin purse.How it is served?Soy sauce vs Oyster Sauce Vs chef imagination.How thick or thin skin are?Translucent vs thick. So when i found out that my friend Ethel is expert in making Jiaozi,i couldn’t wait...

If you are or you have a picky eater

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in musing | 1 comment

I have learnt about the food culture here in stages.I was introduced to the concept of ‘canned’ vegetable/fruit/meal’,’meal in a box’,’frozen food’ to name some… After marrying my very American husband one of thing which i learnt is,”meal is not complete here without meat” and by meat it doesn’t have to be finger licking ribs or a bold piece  of steak.’Meat and Potatoes’ are sort of classic American fare for many here growing up. After having kids, my knowledge in food department increased and reading the list of ingredients became the part of grocery shopping.I became more aware of  ‘Food Allergy’. Though it wasn’t until that our kids started school that I...