I have lived outside of the US since 2005. I've lived and worked in India, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland, and now, Cambodia. (How I arrived in Southeast Asia is a long story,…but the short version is that my husband and I started an international school here.) As I moved around the globe, the food culture of each country in which I lived influenced me. In Afghanistan, I got into a habit of drinking green tea at the office, and munching on yellow raisins and nuts, as… >> Read More
Right after Thanksgiving, my husband made a major announcement: He was going on the Whole 30 Diet. Needless to say, this did not go over well.
For those of you that don’t know me, hi. My name is…Shannon and I am a food writer, cookbook author, and avid baker. In short, I’m a serious carb lover. So a new, restrictive diet did not at all sound like the cookie, latke, and hot chocolate-laden December I had been planning. Don’t get me wrong: I am 100 percent committed to real food and healthy… >> Read More
“Call me tomorrow sweetheart,” my mother said, groggily. “I just can’t today.”
I hung up disappointed. She was supposed to help me choose a new chicken recipe for a party at work. But I…knew her illness well. When I was eight, I first experienced how debilitating my mother’s problem was. “Come on mom, please get up!” I’d pleaded. It was my first lead in a dance recital, and my strict teacher held parents accountable for their child’s attendance. “Anyone who misses rehearsal is out," he warned. I shook… >> Read More
On Hanukkah, it’s customary to eat foods fried in oil because it recalls one of the main miracles of the holiday: When Maccabees cleaned out and rededicated the Jerusalem Temple, they found oil…enough to light to menorah for one day that miraculously burned for eight days. You’re probably familiar with potato pancakes, or , and jelly doughnuts, or sufganiyot. (The Nosher has easy-to-follow videos on making both of these Hanukkah classics.) But these are hardly the only holiday delicacies you should know about. Eating cheese on Hanukkah… >> Read More
Cravings for crazy food combinations that confound — and gross out — everyone in your orbit is often part and parcel of being pregnant. We asked our Facebook community: What were some of your…weirder pregnancy cravings? Here's what they said: "Chicago hot dogs with the works, including sports peppers, fries, pizza any kind and lots of chocolate." -ER "Root Beer popsicles with my first, pastrami sandwiches with my second, and anything I could get into my mouth with my third." -BH "Fake nacho cheese! The plasticky kind!" -SS… >> Read More