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Back-to-School Lunches

September 02, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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I became obsessed with my girls' lunch boxes at the end of last school year. It was June and I volunteered to be a room parent on Neha's kindergarten field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Things were going great until we stopped for lunch.   The teacher sat all the kids down in a grassy area by the flamingos and asked everyone to pull out their lunches. Neha opened hers and instead of digging in like the other kids, buried her chin into her hands. She looked down and looked thoroughly dejected. "Neha. Why aren't you eating?" I asked....

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Try My Butter Chicken!

September 01, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

For all you taste testers...I'm making butter chicken yet again - in the crockpot. If you are interested in a taste, just respond with a comment to this post. Post even if you've already tried it...I'll be tweaking the recipe from the last batch.

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Calling All You Taste Testers

August 29, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

Hi everyone. After a very brief break from intense cooking I am going to restart the process. (After much coaxing from all of you so thank you!) This time around I am tweaking all of my recipes - all 45. And, I'm taking it slower. So, there won't be 4 different dishes a day to try - likey 2 so that I can perfect them. I will post what I am cooking on this site...and need anyone interested in tasting to respond ON THIS BLOG immediately. I'll only have a certain amount of food to go around so the first...

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I’m Winning the War

August 25, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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My older daughter, Neha, is like a grumpy old man. She's always been like this - every since she was little. She gets up in the morning and there's always something to complain about. This summer the big thing was staying home. This past Saturday was no different. Sandeep and the girls made homemade muffins..they watched cartoons and we read the paper. Then it was time to do something outside, right? According to Neha, wrong. She sat in the top bunk of the girls' bed where I couldn't get to her and cried, "I told you I don't want to...

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Losing Those Last 10 Pounds – Indian Style

August 20, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything since last week. I've had a face stuffed with pizza - visting home (King of Prussia, PA). It's really hard to type with a slice .. er. make that four slices ... in one hand. Gosh, that East Coast thin crust is sooo good. But, of course, I'm paying for it now. Wednesday I forced myself to go to bootcamp - my first real workout in about 4 days. Of course, we all started to talk about weight. One person complained that she wasn't near the shape she wanted to be. (I can relate...

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I Need A Good Cuppa CHAI

August 11, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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The last two days have been fairly typical of our crazy home and life...   As we speak, Sandeep is upstairs with the plunger in the girls' bathroom. Apparently Neha's last masterpiece was the last straw for our overworked toilet. It swelled to the point of overflowing but THANK THE LORD no water hit the ground. I put the lid down and ran downstairs as fast as I could. But not before checking on the four new additions to our family. Their names? Raju, Kaju (which means cashew in Hindi), Dadoo (which means frog), and Fluffy (who is the girls'...

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Wild Animal Kingdom

August 10, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

The girls almost got a lesson in survival of the fittest per the wild animal kingdom we are cultivating in our back "yard." Neha's bird feeder is attracting all sorts of creatures: amazing birds, squirrels and now a rat. Lovely, yes! But this is Lincoln Park living after all. We have rats and muggers too! Last week some of you know that I was confronted by a dying squirrel near my back porch. Apparently the birds got to him and gorged out his insides for eating their sunflower seeds. Not to worry - a really nice Polish construction worker from...

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Traditional Chicken Curry

August 09, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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Neha's fish Rana died today. It's about the 12th one that has perished in the tank of ... death. With this book on my plate and another Sun-Times piece to work on I'm so not interested in cleaning a fish tank in the 3-4 minutes I usually have to myself in a day. Unfortunately, Neha insisted through tears that we keep Rana downstairs in a cup. Inside the house so the rats don't get it in the middle of the night. So..I have a dead fish in a plastic cup sitting on my shoe rack right now waiting to be...

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Amazing Beans: Black Lentils/Kidney/Garbanzo

August 07, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

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Folks, I was going to avoid blogging today but my cyber writing buddy C. on the west coast just became a follower of this site so I couldn't disappoint! Thank you to all three of you that are following right now. You're keeping me honest...and all my taste testers too of course. Keep the comments coming. Today, I revised my black lentil recipes. There will be three in my book: black lentils (dal makhni, black lentils and kidney beans, and Theen Tal Dal (Three Note Dal) with lentils, kidney beans and garbanzo beans. I want to post the last one...

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Apparently I'm Fat!

August 05, 2009
Written by Anupy Singla

This according to Vince. And no, not PHAT as in cool. Hip. Hot.But fat as in ingesting way more than I'm ejecting. Okay. And maybe he didn't put it quite that way. Here's what he did say - and this on my cell as I was waking down LaSalle street running errands this morning. For about another month he's still working news with a local station. He was covering the Lincoln Park muggings this morning from Clark and Fullerton. Vince: You know. I was looking at some old live shots of you from in front of the Cook County building...

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