César Chavez Day

Chicken Enchiladas

Among American holidays, César Chavez Day is a new kid on the block. Chavez was a Mexican-American farm worker, labor leader and community organizer who co-founded, along with Dolores Huerta, the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). President Obama first proclaimed a federal commemorative holiday in his… Continue reading Chicken Enchiladas

St. Patrick's Day

Irish Soda Bread, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Gingerbread

Some holidays are culturally specific, while others have utterly transcended their roots, and St. Patrick’s Day is clearly one of the latter. Ireland has about six and a half million people, including both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, a number dwarfed by the population of New York City alone. Yet through some alchemy… Continue reading Irish Soda Bread, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Gingerbread

Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Day)

Matcha Cupcakes with Cherry Blossom Frosting

Doll’s Day is a lovely Japanese tradition that resembles a highly symbolic version of afternoon tea. In what began as a tradition in the imperial court, beautiful dolls representing members of the imperial family as well as musicians, courtiers and samurai are displayed in a careful order on tiered shelves lined with red fabric. Girls… Continue reading Matcha Cupcakes with Cherry Blossom Frosting