Happy Pi Day (Cherry Pie Included)!

In case you are feeling short of things to celebrate, there is always Pi Day – March 14 (3/14).
 
As you remember from high school math, Pi (Greek letter “π”) is a mathematical symbol representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
 
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Your Thanksgiving Needs Corn Pudding

corn_pudding_blogCorn pudding is more than just a side dish; it’s a warm hug on a cold day — the epitome of comfort food. This dish will fit right in with your Thanksgiving feast. At our table, it’s always the first to disappear (that may be my fault).
 
This delicious and inexpensive dish originated from Appalachia back in the pioneer days when corn was plentiful. The recipe eventually made it to my Grandma during a lesson in southern cooking from her Tennessean mother-in-law. My Grandma held on to that recipe and would bring over corn pudding in her yellow 9×13 Pyrex dish every Thanksgiving by popular demand. My Mom has since taken over and we continue to share our love for this special dish.
 
We have modified Grandma’s recipe over the years to make it more reliable, and below is my own personal version. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
 
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Try Tandoori Turkey This Thanksgiving

When I moved to San Jose from Hyderabad, India in 1998, I marked my first American Thanksgiving by learning from local friends how to roast a traditional turkey. Everyone liked it, but I just thought it could be tastier.
 
Well, you can take the girl out of India, but you can’t take India out of the girl. I realized that the fragrant spices of my homeland would work well on roasted turkey. That next Thanksgiving, I began experimenting with ways to incorporate warm Indian spices and aromatics into a turkey recipe. That recipe evolved over the years, including a yogurt bath similar to that of tandoori chicken, a popular South Asian dish. Continue reading