Ferragosto

Crostini Neri & Panzanella

Making and eating holiday foods from around the world is like a magic carpet ride, transporting us across space and time. Ferragosto traces its roots back to 18 BC, when the Emperor Augustus-—in typically Roman fashion—consolidated Italy’s summertime harvest festivals under his own name as the “Feriae Augusti.” Today, the holiday honors both its ancient… Continue reading Crostini Neri & Panzanella

Juneteenth

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crisp

Can you believe we’ve only recently learned about a holiday that’s been around for 150 years? In some ways that makes perfect sense: Juneteenth is about as local a holiday as you can imagine, celebrating not the Emancipation Proclamation made by Lincoln in 1863, but the date when news of it reached Texas on June… Continue reading Rhubarb and Strawberry Crisp

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