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Monthly Archives: September 2011


77 years ago this week my Grandmother and her family arrived in the US from Italy. After generations of life in a coastal town in eastern Sicily, her parents made the brave and difficult decision to move to a country rumored to offer a better life. As Mussolini began tightening his grip on Italy, his … Continue reading »

Categories: celebrations, family, food, immigration, Italy, life | 3 Comments

Not So Rice

I have a problem. It’s my rice cooker. I love it–it cooks rice to perfection every time, it switches to “Warm” automatically, and can even be used to make Cheese Fondue. Oh yes, it can–try it! But, this rice cooker and I have a small issue: it spews sticky, warm rice water all over. Every. … Continue reading »

Categories: food, Housekeeping | 6 Comments

Random Acts of Deliciousness

This week, I had two wonderful run-ins with strangers. Actually, they weren’t strangers, just people in my sphere I don’t actually know (well). Both experiences left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Experience 1: Damsel in Distress It was pouring down rain and I had to walk 15 minutes from my university to the bus stop … Continue reading »

Categories: indian food, life | 2 Comments

A Man With Dishpan Hands

Tuesday night was date night Chez Rana. Varun suggested that I pick a restaurant, and so I spent the day perusing Urbanspoon in hopes of “trying something new”. We ended up at our favorite Thai restaurant and got our two usual dishes. Hey, why mess with success? I wore my power heels–leopard print. Courtesy of … Continue reading »

Categories: food, hilarious, Housekeeping, life | 3 Comments


Due to high demand (and hopefully not unrealistically high expectations), I’m posting the recipe I used to make Biryani. I have to warn you, however, that this recipe is somewhat…inexact. I’m not a precise cooker and this recipe was interpreted to me from Hindi. That being said, it has been fantastic both times I’ve made … Continue reading »

Categories: food, indian food | 1 Comment