Recipe: Homemade Paneer/Panir (cheese)

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Makes 1 block of cheese Cheese lovers, come closer. I have a secret to tell you. I never thought I'd be able to do this. I thought it would be hard. I thought I'd just waste a bunch of milk. I didn't. The truth is, the only thing standing between you and great cheese is a half gallon of milk, salt, and a little lemon juice. That's pretty ridiculous. And empowering. Trust me. If you've never made homemade cheese before, you'll delight in the simplicity of Indian Paneer. And … [Read more...]

Menu: India

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Somehow the stars aligned and Ava's second birthday (July 4) fell on the weekend I cooked India. What does that mean? Ava's second birthday party was definitely not the candy/pizza/ice cream fest that is standard in so many homes. Nope. Instead, my yard was dotted with tots running around with kulfi pops and adults sipping masala chai (which I served iced, thanks to Oklahoma's outrageous 101F temperatures). It was really rather grand and quite possibly epic, as far as toddler birthday … [Read more...]

About the food of India

After a ritual bath in Amritsar, India. Photo by Paul Rudd

Need a smile? Want to stretch it from ear to ear? Spin the globe and point your finger. Dream of going wherever your finger lands - then go. Just promise me this - when you get there, try the Indian food. Chances are good that they'll have some. From England to Guyana, Fiji to the United States - Indian food has made it's way around the globe.  And not just Tikka Masala, the famed "butter chicken" dish from North India, but an entire arsenal of delicious treats. Here's the deal. If the … [Read more...]