Vaisakhi

Butter Chicken & Mango Chutney

We discovered this Sikh holiday when we were fangirling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on YouTube (doesn’t everyone do that?) and stumbled upon his heartfelt Vaisahki message of fairness, respect and equality for all. He had us at respect. Each April 14, this holiday celebrates the founding of the Khalsa community within the Sikh faith.… Continue reading Butter Chicken & Mango Chutney

White Day

Vanilla, Matcha & Chocolate Marshmallows

Have you heard about “slime”? If you have children under 14, we’re pretty sure we know your answer. This goopy concoction of cornstarch, glue and food coloring is all the rage with the preteen set, who seem to be on a campaign to fill every last tupperware in the world with varied shades of slime.… Continue reading Vanilla, Matcha & Chocolate Marshmallows

Burns Night

Scottish Beef Stew & Chocolate Whiskey Cake

It’s the rare person whose birthday is celebrated by an entire country 259 years after the fact. Even harder to believe is that this unusually beloved person achieved long-lasting fame as a poet, not to mention that he wrote much of his poetry in a dialect that is, to say the least, challenging for modern… Continue reading Scottish Beef Stew & Chocolate Whiskey Cake

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we had a bit of a conundrum: could we try to acknowledge such an important man and movement with food?  And how could we pull it off without seeming shallow or stereotypical? A quick search revealed that King’s favorite dishes were traditional Southern ones: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese,… Continue reading Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower

Saint Lucia's Day

Swedish Meatballs & Ginger Snaps

There’s a love for all things Scandinavian these days. We aren’t sure whether it’s our current political situation that has some longing for utopian socialist democracy or simply the timeless appeal of concepts like hygge, especially as the winter sets in (hello, first snowfall of the season!), but it is all around us. One of… Continue reading Swedish Meatballs & Ginger Snaps

Alaska Day

Salmon Tartare with Homemade Potato Chips

Remember when Sarah Palin claimed she could see Russia from Alaska? Turns out she may have been right…well, kind of. Russia and Alaska are divided by the Bering Strait, which is about 55 miles across at its narrowest point, and some say on a clear day you can see the Russian mainland from the tip… Continue reading Salmon Tartare with Homemade Potato Chips