And just like that, Christmas is upon us! 2017 has blundered its way through and we’re suddenly at the tail end of the year. I don’t know about you, but these eleven months have gone by so quickly I barely have time to breathe and […]
Broccoli cheddar soup is, in my book, an ultimate comfort food. The epitome of simplicity, it speaks of autumn afternoons and bookshop outings with my grandmother. After school, we’d walk around our neighborhood in Chicago, select new books at Barnes & Noble, and then stop to […]
When I was kid I would visit my paternal grandparents pretty regularly. My grandmother, Doris Eleanor, was the epitome of 1950s housewifery. She would even wear her dresses, three-strand pearl necklace, and heels when they went on vacation, including camping. She was invested fully in her family, and loved baking for all of us. She was such a lovely person and I’m sad to say she’s no longer with us, but my memories live on. A favorite memory is when I would arrive to my grandparents house and my grandmother would have strawberry shortcake waiting for me because she knew it was my favorite. Now when summer hits, I have to have something strawberry. The cake for my baby shower last summer was strawberry, and my birthday cakes are always strawberry. So when thinking about a Fourth of July dessert, I immediately thought of strawberries, and of my grandmother’s shortcake, but with the ultimate lazy girl twist.
Cacık, the first dish I’m going to share with you, is a summer favorite. It’s incredibly easy to make, customizable, and a Turkish staple. Most of you will know its much more popular Greek counterpart – tzatziki. The dish originated in the Ottoman Empire, and […]