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Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse

Posted by bibiddream on November 29, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Thennamadevi is racked by alcoholism. Most of its 150 male inhabitants participate in ruinous daily drinking sessions. Around 90 women with families in the village have been widowed. The youngest husband to die was ...

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Fresh Strawberry Tart 2015

Posted by bibiddream on May 18, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Adapted from Flavor Flours (Artisan 2014)


Find the Vanilla Rice Flour Pastry Cream recipe here. - Alice Medrich


Serves 8


For the crust:


3/4 cup (75 grams) oat flour

3 tablespoons (30 grams) white rice flour or a scant 1/3 cup (30 grams) Thai white rice flour

1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/16 teaspoon baking soda

6 ...

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Gianduja and Gelato

Posted by bibiddream on December 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Here I am in Torino, or Turin, if you’re familiar with the shroud.

Being on the road means that I’m in unfamiliar hotels with less-than-ideal access. When I attempted to change the thermostat in my hotel room, the digital display read ‘PARTY’. I don’t know what the ‘party’ mode is, but when I pressed the switch again nothing exciting happened.

I’m leading a fabulous chocola...

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes

Posted by bibiddream on November 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

After all of that chocolate for Valentine’s Day, I thought we’d shift gears a bit today. If you’re deeply mired in winter weather like we are, I’m sure you’ll welcome the brightness of lemon in a simple dessert.


Pudding cakes are a lovely combination of, you guessed it, pudding and cake. And, these beauties do all of that with a nice lemon flavor. When you dig your spoon into them past tha...

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Pink Grapefruit, Avocado, Hazelnut, Fig & Sage Salad

Posted by bibiddream on October 17, 2014 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)



This is my last post for 2013, and I wanted to end this year on a healthy note. With a salad thats fresh, zingy, tangy, crunchy, creamy, sweet, filling and more than anything … thanks to the post I’ve just had a fabulous lunch – feels good specially after the last couple of days of binging on all things sinful. Sometimes, I’m glad I blog, because just sometimes

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Start Hoarding Hard Cider, Folks: Floods in England Threaten This Year's Apple Crop

Posted by bibiddream on September 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The winter weather has been wicked enough on this side of the Atlantic so you're forgiven if you're unaware of the flooding problems in England that are threatening their hard cider production. It's been the wettest winter there since 1910, killing millions of apple trees. Submerging the base of an apple tree for just two weeks is enough to wreck its root system according to England's Metro news. The Southwest of England, where lo...

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The 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Second Annual Kids' "State Dinner"

Posted by bibiddream on August 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A behind-the-scenes look at our recipe contest and White House celebration

by Tanya Wenman Steel



W alking through the Visitors' Gate at the White House on July 9, 2013, with 54 kids and their parents from all across the country, elicited a range of feelings: giddiness, joy, tears, nausea—and that was just among the adults! A few years ago, when I and two colleagues came up with the idea of a h...

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Warm Winter Farro Salad

Posted by bibiddream on July 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

When I first got married I used to ask my husband if he wanted salad with dinner, the answer was usually "no." After a few years I wised up and started serving him salad without asking first. But often he didn't eat much of it, despite my raving "Have some salad! It's delicious!" Lately I've hit upon a solution. I serve salad as a main dish, or pile everything onto it so it's an integral part of the meal. Main dish salads, if only someon...

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Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

Posted by bibiddream on March 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s been quite a wet and windy week over here.  While the Western world is somewhere in the middle of summer frolic, we are stranded (pun intended) in our rainy season…monsoon rains, buffeting winds, floods, wonky internet, and the occasional power outage.  I swear next year I’ll be buying myself some cute rain boots instead of stubbornly amassing flip flops and sandals all year long.  It may seem

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Roasted and Grilled Veggie Salad

Posted by bibiddream on February 24, 2014 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)


As far as vegetables are concerned, we have been dining like kings lately. It’s all thanks to local organic farmers! Beautiful baskets of fresh, vibrant produce are delivered right to my doorstep. I don’t even have to leave the house! They come over, we have a nice chit-chat about what̵...

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