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Moving to Instagram

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been able to keep up with blogging about my cooking experiences. But I am still trying to conquer the kitchen, and going forward, you can keep an eye on my progress on Instagram at @whatsaprilcooking. Thank you, loyal readers!

Pomegranate salad on Instagram

Pomegranate Bulgur Salad on Instagram

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2012 in Review

WordPress.com made me this lovely 2012 annual report. Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Vote For Your Food Hero!

I’m currently enjoying my husband’s most excellent chana dal. He also made gobi (cauliflower) – wayyy too spicy – but I just dumped it in the dal and everything is sublime. This is what happens when you marry an Indian man, you can never keep up with his spice tolerance.

I got a great email from the Vegetarian Times that I wanted to share: Tell Us About Your Food Hero!

Here’s the info:

TELL US about the food hero who inspires you most  in 125 words or less. Be sure to explain how he or she is making a positive difference in the food world. Submit your nominations using the form below between August 13 and September 3.

VOTE Stop back after September 12 to meet the top 10 finalists selected by Vegetarian Times editors and to cast your vote for the winners.

MEET THE WINNERS Readers’ choice food heros will be featured online November 15!

Thinking of anyone you might want to nominate?  Go for it!

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NY Times: Gifts for Non-Cooks

My friend Kate, author of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, just posted a link to this great article on what gifts you might consider giving your friends who don’t cook but should (you know, people like me :))

New York Times: Gifts for Non-Cooks

Americans spend less time cooking than anyone, and the amount we “cook” — some people count microwaving a pizza — has been on a long, slow decline. The reasons for this decline are varied and complex, but an increase in the average of both hours worked and television watched, coupled with the marketing of “convenience” foods, have turned cooking from a sometimes-pleasurable necessity into, for many people, an ominous-seeming choice.

Yet the benefits of cooking, about which I’ve written before, are many: Cooking gives you control over what you put into your body and it’s cheaper than eating out or taking in. Food you make yourself tastes better, and it’s better for the environment, for your body, for your family. It’s just plain better.

We all know people who don’t cook: not enough time, skill or stuff. Gentle encouragement could change that, and — if it does — it’s no exaggeration to call it a gift of life. So instead of your incredible cookies — or in addition to them — you might consider a gift of the means, encouragement or inspiration for non-cooks. Imagine how great it would feel if, next year, they gave you cookies.

There are some great suggestions in here – I hope you enjoy!

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I Want to Go to Curry College

But I don’t live in Britain.

“Now, British people from all backgrounds will be trained to become chefs specialising in Indian food to combat the shortage of Asian chefs brought on by the government’s latest immigration rules.

[The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles] has a dream: namely to set up a curry college. It combines border control with foreign cooking. It would both help satisfy the apparently inexhaustible appetite for onion bhajis and prawn birianis while also providing justification for the squeeze on visas.”

Indian food without the Indians… those British are so clever, they think of everything.

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