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A 3-Ingredient Black Sesame Brittle for Lonely Hearts

A 3-Ingredient Black Sesame Brittle for Lonely Hearts

Working in the food industry—first as a cook, now as a writer—it’s somewhat expected of me to have cooked for…someone. A date, a partner, anyone....

A 3-Ingredient Black Sesame Brittle for Lonely Hearts

A 3-Ingredient Black Sesame Brittle for Lonely Hearts

Working in the food industry—first as a cook, now as a writer—it’s somewhat expected of me to have cooked for…someone. A date, a partner, anyone....

The Chocolate Cake I Waited 28 Years (& 2 Days) to Eat

The Chocolate Cake I Waited 28 Years (& 2 Days) to Eat

Childhood food memories are ubiquitous, and for good reason. At an age where a sense of control over one’s experience can otherwise feel limited, gratifying...

Why I Cook for My Dog—but Only in Moderation

Why I Cook for My Dog—but Only in Moderation

My dog Dharma is an omnivore without any dilemmas. It is equal cause for joy and heartache. One in a long line of Labrador Retrievers...

Reinventing My Christmas Cookie Plate, 2 Years After Cancer

Reinventing My Christmas Cookie Plate, 2 Years After Cancer

Christmas has always been a big deal in my family: the family I was born into, and the family I’m now raising. It’s the intoxicating...

The Christmas Grilled Cheese That Showed Me Home in America

The Christmas Grilled Cheese That Showed Me Home in America

When I was 13 years old, I left my family and friends in Korea to come to America for school. I hated the education system...

The Christmas Grilled Cheese That Showed Me Home in America

The Christmas Grilled Cheese That Showed Me Home in America

When I was 13 years old, I left my family and friends in Korea to come to America for school. I hated the education system...

The One Piece of Madhur Jaffrey Advice I Live By

The One Piece of Madhur Jaffrey Advice I Live By

There’s a saying in my mother tongue, Marathi (the language of the Western Indian state of Maharashtra): बाळाचे पाय पाळण्यात दिसतात. Which translates, figuratively, to:...

The One Piece of Madhur Jaffrey Advice I Live By

The One Piece of Madhur Jaffrey Advice I Live By

There’s a saying in my mother tongue, Marathi (the language of the Western Indian state of Maharashtra): बाळाचे पाय पाळण्यात दिसतात. Which translates, figuratively, to:...

When Cancer Took Chocolate Away From Me, This Ice Cream Got Me By

When Cancer Took Chocolate Away From Me, This Ice Cream Got Me By

There are a lot of strange things that happen when you survive a health crisis that everyone tells you is statistically impossible. The space of...