It is a testament to my grief that I actually miss my mother’s bad cooking. My mom was an infamous eater and a lover of food. She scouted out of all the good dumpling and dim sum joints in Silicon…Valley but could barely scramble an egg. Her lack of skills in the kitchen was a source of pride for her, a feminist twist on the myth of the Jewish mother, of pushing food on people already so full that they must sneak away from the table in pain, bursting with kreplach. Yes, Mom hated… >> Read More
Just the other day I was having lunch in LA with a super accomplished friend — a writer, editor, and acclaimed author. She’s insightful, witty, and incredibly generous. She’s also a devoted mom…who has been an incredibly compassionate friend to me over the years. But as we sat at a cute café on Sunset Boulevard eating avocado toast, she surprised me with a confession. "Shannon," she said. "I seriously can’t cook. But I really want to learn how to make some easy dishes for my family." I… >> Read More
Yes, I'm Jewish. And I love it. But I also have some serious Easter candy envy.
I still remember one glorious Passover seder as a kid, when, as a prize for finding the afikomen, my grandfather…gave my sister, my cousins, and me a Cadbury Creme Egg. In my childhood mind, this was infinitely cooler than the silver dollars he usually gave us. The years (um, make that decades...) ticked by. My love of candy continued unabated; meanwhile, I grew up and started hosting Passover seders of my own. Both scarfing… >> Read More
I don’t know what has been going on with my kids lately, but I feel like my house is constantly littered with half-eaten cheese sticks. And cheese sticks are, like, not cheap. Do you know what a…package of organic cheese sticks cost these days? It’s about $5. And yet my kids — and even my babysitter — consider cheese sticks a core food group. There are some weeks where I spend upwards of $20 just on these overpriced, individually packaged mini-tubes of mozzarella. My kids enjoy cheese sticks as part of… >> Read More
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