Instead of writing about Indian food or recipes, I thought I would take this time to share with you the things for which I give thanks.

 

First, and most important, I give thanks for my fantastic husband who not only allows me to spend my days cooking and writing but supports me in a huge way to make my website and next cookbook a success. We are best friends and partners in everything we do. I could not be luckier!

 

Second, I am thankful for my two wonderful children who have grown up to be terrific adults. My daughter graduated from college this year and is thrilled to have started her career at a marketing firm nearby. My son is now in college and has left the nest. Unfortunately for him, his parents visit him way too often because we are the anxiety.

 

Next, my mother has supported me through my long and varied career that started in Toledo and culminated in
Dallas. I am so glad that she moved to Texas when my children were little so we could all benefit: free afterschool care, chauffeured rides to various lessons, special treats and, most of all, her unconditional love.

 

Last, I am thankful for my in-laws, Balakrishnan and Kachi, who were the inspiration for my first cookbook. Kachi hand wrote each of the initial recipes and participated in the seemingly endless editing of the manuscript. My plan for an Indian cookbook grew in scope to a blog, a website and my cooking has transformed into the new exciting world of Indian fusion cooking.

 

Please share your thanks with those you love. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

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I have finally joined the Twitter world. Have you?? I have learned so much by following various people on Twitter and think you can too. Follow me @KachisKitchen or by clicking . Tweet, tweet.

p.s. Starting today, my blog posts will come out on Thursday so you will have a tasty treat to look forward to on the weekend.

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I have been in love with Indian food for nearly 30 years when some friends in graduate school in Massachusetts first introduced me to it. They were on their own, away from their families and cooking the Indian recipes that they ate when they were young. After moving to Texas I started cooking my own Indian food following recipes from Madhur Jaffrey. I was hooked and, fortunately, started dating an Indian man who liked to cook and experiment as well.

 

Twenty-five years ago today I married the love of my life. He is the most kind and generous man I know. It is his support and encouragement that have enabled me to break out of my box and write Kachi’s Kitchen, build my website and publish my weekly blogs. Frequently his suggestions turn into Saturday evening cooking projects that eventually turn into Recipes of the Month. Here’s to 25 years of Indian cooking!

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Have you joined  yet? I have.For months my daughter has told me that Pinterest is the next big social media tool. I thought it was a silly tool for crafters and hobbyists to share their creations. I was wrong! Kathryn used it to find new recipes. Yes, she does share her crafty creations there too.

What impresses me most about it is the speed by which ideas and information can be shared. This is a very fun tool because anyone can follow your pages without the cumbersome request and approve process. I will be posting my Indian Monthly Recipes there for everyone to see. Please check out my Pinterest recipe board.

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As my last entry for 2011, I would like to give thanks to all of my friends and readers. I appreciate all of the support you have shown in your subscriptions and comments this year.

This fall I seriously started work on my next cookbook. I diligently collected more traditional recipes from South India and the states nearby. Kachi busily wrote out hundreds of her recipes while I scoured other resources from India for more. With 300 new recipes in hand, I started to feel that I was going to create just another Indian cookbook when there are thousands of excellent ones already on the market.

I want to thank my wonderful and supportive husband for his suggestion that I create my own recipes. I thought about that for a few weeks and realized he was right.  Just a few months ago I shelved my cookbook project and started over.

Now we have about 30 unique Indian recipes and are actively researching and creating more. I have to admit that some of them have been interesting dining experiences. Thanks go to my family for being so gentle with your criticism and generous with your kudos. The bulk of them have turned out really well. I am really excited with this project and hope to finish the recipes by next summer so that writing can begin. I will keep you updated as this project moves forward.

Happy New Year! All my best for 2012!

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I can’t believe that this is my 100th blog entry. It was a short 22 months ago when I started writing about India and its cuisine. My initial intent was to promote Kachi’s Kitchen and get its name known before it was published. It soon expanded to share images of the India I have seen through my family’s stories and my travels. I have big plans for my posts during 2012 including new Indian recipes of the month, new cooking ideas and more travel experiences. I hope you subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a single entry.

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Have you thought about subscribing to my blog so your own copy of each post is delivered right to your Inbox? There is no more checking to see if I have posted something or wondering if I will post an entry today. Simply type your email address in the box below the word SUBSCRIBE on the right hand side of the page and click on the Subscribe button. It is as simple as that.  If, at any point in the very distant future, you wish to unsubscribe, just send me a message and I will remove your address.


Thanks to all of you who have already subscribed. I appreciate your support!

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Happy 1st Birthday, Kachi's Kitchen!

Happy 1st Birthday, Kachi’s Kitchen!

So many wonderful things have happened over the last year:  Kachi’s Kitchen was written and published, my website and blog were launched, I started publicizing my book and my first video was posted on YouTube. I have had a lot of fun researching the recipes of the month and topics for the blogs.


This next year I will continue to strive to deliver blog entries that are interesting and helpful. I am starting a new series of reviews of commercially available “Indian” products like prepared dishes that just have to be heated, frozen foods, simmer sauces and snacks with the intent of helping you purchase good products. I also plan on visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu later this year. I hope to return with a long list of experiences that I will share with you.  I have started collecting and testing new recipes for my next book.


As I start year two, please continue sending me your feedback and suggestions. I want to make sure I am delivering content that keeps you coming back!

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The book trailer for Kachi’s Kitchen is finally finished and has been posted to YouTube.com. After the script was written (the easy part), we started to work on the video.  We had at least a dozen attempts at trying to tape me saying the introduction.  A few clips are being saved for a blooper video sometime in the distant future. When we taped the actual process of making vegetable pulav, I learned that being left handed made filming awkward. Ninety percent of the video of preparing an entire meal ended up on the “cutting room floor” because no one wants to watch someone stir a pot of vegetables while they cook. We interspersed photos of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with the cooking video to make it interesting.  My entire family had a great feast after the video with the pulav, chicken tikka, vegetable kurma and chapattis that I had prepared for the video.


We had a lot of fun making the trailer. Now that this one is posted, I will start working on a recipe video. Thank you to those who made the suggestion!

Click the play button to watch the video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQxTYuBOM-Q

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KachisKitchen.com has been enhanced based on suggestions from some of the readers.  It now has a separate Contact Us page and a Guestbook page so you can send us suggestions and leave your feedback directly on the site.

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The most significant enhancement is the replacement of the single Recipes page with separate pages for the Indian Recipe of the Month, each individual recipe and an Index that links all of the pages together.  I hope you will find it easier to navigate through the site.


Remember, your suggestions are always welcome!

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