The Flight of the Lentils

  Last night, we celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday over pizza.  Sitting at our long table in the pizza joint, my husband and his brother bantered about football scores, as the rest of us looked over the menu.  The choices were pizza…or pizza.  But the real conundrum for me was…can we all agree on toppings?  From…

Pseudo Chicken Tikka Masala

The warm fragrance of onions melding with chicken in the skillet comforted me last night.  I stood in front of the stove for the first time in a few weeks, truly looking forward to eating.  Not just to fuel my body, but to fuel my soul. For three weeks, my family’s world has been turned…

Tea Time in Georgia

Tea can be so many things to so many different people. My mother-in-law loves her milk tea.  Cha.  Every day, morning and afternoon, the loose black tea leaves roll in a boil on the stove, smelling of warm milk and ginger. The aroma of her tea is a gentle “good morning” every day in her…

Fried Chicken, Indian Style: A Work of Fiction

  I had followed my grandmother’s fried chicken recipe to the “T,” and using my tongs, pulled each bubbling chicken tender from the oil-filled skillet, one by one, placed them lovingly on a paper towel.  As the crispy crusts cooled on the chicken, I used my brand new hand mixer to mush up boiled potatoes,…