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[31 Oct 2009 | 49 Comments | 5,126 views]
Nagymama’s Matzo Ball Soup

Earlier this year I posted, “Love, 1930s style,” a letter written by my mom’s father, Papa, upon meeting his future wife. Last November, I posted my dad’s mom, Nagymama’s, recipe for chicken paprikash.
Last week Nagymama passed away. I was lucky to have her in my life for such a long time and have so many loving memories of my grandparents.
I flew home to Maryland and spent the weekend looking through pictures, sharing stories, and being together with my brother, parents, and friends. This is exactly how Nagymama, who loved nothing …

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Restaurants »

[30 Oct 2009 | 7 Comments | 4,374 views]
Snack Bar Austin Finally Opens

I was very excited to learn that Snack Bar on South Congress is officially open after months of construction, waiting, and two soft openings — one during SXSW in March and one during Austin City Limits Music Festival in early October.
I called and was told that they will be open for the next week during breakfast, lunch, and for afternoon snacktime — closing at 4 p.m. I believe their hours will stretch much later once they have a chance to hire more staff and get in the groove.
This spot, vacated …

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KGSR, Media »

[29 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 3,891 views]
Indian Food Expert and “Vegicurean” Chaya Rao on KGSR

We loved having Chaya Rao as our guest on the KGSR show today. She brought a traditional South Indian upscale breakfast including:
Idlys – Steamed while dumplings made out of rice and black lentil
Vadas – Deep fried black lentil batter seasoned with pepper, cumin, curry leaves, ginger & serrano chilies
Khati Rolls – Flat bread rolls stuffed with Paneer cheese & Red peppers (like an Indian breakfast taco!)
Dipping Sauces

Coconut chutney
Ginger pickle in a spicy tamarind sauce
Makhni sauce – Cashew nut, cream & tomato based sauce

Chai tea
Cardamom & Cinnamon rolls with toasted coconuts …

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Memories, Tasty Tuesdays »

[27 Oct 2009 | 30 Comments | 4,029 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Soup

I’m about to board a plane back to Austin from Maryland. The sad reason for this trip was the passing of Magda Bart, my last living grandparent and the woman I called Nagymama (grandma in Hungarian).
It was wonderful to be with family and friends and celebrate the life of my beautiful, determined, and loving grandmother who lived almost 93 years.

Today, my body is stiff from travel and stress. I’m tired and coming down with the cold I have been fighting off for weeks. On top of all this, I’m moving …

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Recipes »

[25 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 3,552 views]
Italian Plum Goodness

I was introduced to the Italian plum over Rosh Hashanah in September when the lovely Marcia F. served a delicious Italian Plum Cake for dessert.
According to the kitchn, Italian Prune Plums are small, dense, egg-shaped fruit with blue or purple skin. These are the plums that are made into prunes but are also great for baking.
They are a seasonal fruit, available in stores during August and September. The week after I tasted Marcia’s cake, I bought a couple pounds of them to make my own.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get …

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