Food as an expression of love extends beyond the living through Hindu funeral rituals known as Shraadh. This past Monday was the first day of the 2018 Shraadh period. My family has been having feasts honoring my father and other relatives during this period for several years now. While Shraadh meals range from simple to elaborate, I've always seen them as meals that are meant to be shared with others in remembrance of our loved ones.Read More
Fall has been slow to arrive in Virginia this year, the trees remaining cloaked in deep hues of green until late last week, when hints of gold and rust began to appear. It was as if the season had finally started to wake up from its long, summer slumber, drowsily fading in a little more with each passing day, and bringing with it, cooler temperatures, and the anticipation of evenings in front of the fireplace, the aroma of roasted vegetables and fruit crisp wafting through the house.
Adding a few seeds of freshly ground cardamom to white chocolate adds a subtly sweet smokiness to the chocolate and creates the perfect coating for ripe and luscious strawberries. Top with chopped pistachios and dried rose petals for a dessert that is as flavorful as it is beautiful.Read More