(Not-so-secret) Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark

December 19, 2020

Ever since I was a little girl Christmas Eve has been my favorite holiday. I’ll always remember that my parents knew how to throw a party, no matter what the occasion. My mom would start cooking days in advance, my dad always made sure we had party essentials, disco ball, strobe lights and a fully stocked bar (for the adults of course). In fact, I remember more of the dancing and performing all night long than anything else. It wasn’t uncommon to see my group of cousins and I, put on an Indian song and perform a dance skit for our parents, actually it was quite the norm.

As I’ve gotten older, Christmas Eve has been the holiday I love to host the most! There is something about having a full house of family and children running around that makes it feel like the holidays.  Over the last several years our Christmas Eve has turned into an amazing potluck where everyone brings their best dishes. And let me tell you, we are never short on the desserts. From pineapple upside down cake to Oreo pie and my “famous” peppermint bark.

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Fijian Chicken Palau

December 1, 2020
Fijian Chicken Palau

As the weather gets colder in New England, it’s the perfect season to make this rich, warm dish. The aromas that fill our home while making palau are nostalgic. No matter where I’ve lived or traveled, there is a certain scent that will always make me feel like I’m home. For me it is the homemade Fiji masala that is sautéed with onions and garlic. There really is no describing it. You have to LIVE it to understand.  My husband on the other hand is always looking for the incense and a lighter after I’m done cooking, along with opening windows.  He doesn’t embrace the aromas as well as I do. Ha ha!

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