Favourite Food Memory: When my sister and I were little, we were allowed to choose a special dinner on our birthdays. Every single year we asked for the same thing: Mum's cheese fondue! Buttery, garlicky goodness (and a mountain of cheese!). It might seem a strange choice for a child but we absolutely loved it. The first person to loose their dipped item in the gloop was widely ridiculed, and the whole performance was wrapped up with a fight over the crispy bit burned onto the pan. My favourite fondue vessel has to be either crusty baguette or broccoli (honestly, it's soo good). This is my mum's original recipe, which took a while to find because my sister had stolen the book! So clearly this is still a much cherished (and hoarded) family recipe. Thanks Mum!
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I love the peanut butter so much that I decided to make a healthier version, as tasty as the normal one.
I love the natural flavors of the food without oils, sugar and added dressing and this simple recipe was a discovery for me.
Peanuts, like all the trail mix, have their own natural oil and it doesn't need to add anything to get a creamy and delicious result :)
And if that's not enough, the greediest palates can always add a little maple syrup and a pinch of salt... et voilà, a creamy appetite to everybody!
(FAVE MEMORY) Toasted ravioli was the food of my childhood. A St. Louis tradition, I had no idea it was an unusual food until I traveled outside of Missouri and saw the puzzled look on peoples' faces when I mentioned toasted ravioli. I remember my aunt always serving them for my cousin's birthday parties, cook outs, and other events, and all of my cousins and I gathering around the table to dip them in marinara sauce and greedily eat them. My mother used to heat them in the oven for me when I had a late night and needed a quick dinner, and they would always accompany dinner on homemade pizza night. There are many ways to do toasted ravioli - with beef, cheese, vegetables, or even mushrooms - and they are all special and tasty in their own way. Toasted ravioli will always remind me of my home, St. Louis, and all of its quirky food traditions.
Ever since I can remember, I've been fascinated by the diversity of culture, language and people groups on our planet. When I joined an international humanitarian aid organization, one of my colleagues became like a sister to me in a short amount of time. An American, her family migrated from Chennai, India when she was young. On one assignment, we were relocated to Uganda due to regional unrest where we were living. We searched high and low to drum up the ingredients to make her family's version of Masala chai, a treat from the daily realities of our working environment . I love the mix of spices, sweetness, and creamy milk taste, drinking it hot especially at breakfast.
My Fave Memory! For holidays, my mom always makes dill dip to put out with cut up veggies like carrots, celery and broccoli. I was never a fan of broccoli then, but dipping the florets for a generous helping of the dip endeared them to me because I thought they looked like trees with snow on top. It was one of the only ways I would voluntarily eat broccoli!
Fave Memory. Snow Ice Cream! My granny lived with us when I was growing up in Ohio and we would have snow days, she'd say go get me some snow and I'll make ice cream. So I'd fill up a big bowl and she'd whip it up. I'm not exactly sure what was in it- maybe vanilla, milk, perhaps an egg, chocolate sauce on top. It was cheap and good and I remember if fondly. Hoping for a snowy winter here in Portland this year!
*Fave Memory* I love to wander around the local farmers market with my mom, entranced by the beautiful colors, textures and smells. The only thing that can pull us away from admiring the bright veggies is the unmistakable aroma of fresh apple cider donuts.
This traditional Armenian Easter roll recipe was passed down from my great nana. Since her passing, my grandmother and I have taken over the annual tradition. We also decided to incorporate a metal circle cutter handmade by my great papa, so we can honor both their memories with this one delicious treat!
FAVE MEMORY: For as long as i can remember my mom has made this absolute classic for every family celebration we have - it would not be a party if there wasn't a pavlova!! She has offered to make other things - she makes a mean trifle and is an excellent baker - but my sister and I insist on the pavlova, and our kids love it too now. It's completely delicious, surprisingly simple to make and looks really impressive on the table. Crisp meringue, with a gooey centre, lashings of cream and a mountain of fresh fruit - it's an absolute stunner. It has to be the Delia Smith recipe as mom swears by it and even the book itself holds so many memories for me.