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Now on Kindle!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, June 1, 2014, In : Updates 
      Great news on two fronts! First: Menus and Memories is now on a Kindle version, so can be read anywhere. Second; I was honored to produce the entry for "Sikh-American Food" for The Oxford Encyclopedia for Food and Drink in America (2nd ed) which won both International Association of Culinary Professionals category for Beverage/Reference/Technical category, 2014; and the Gourmand Award for the Best Food Book of the Year, 2014. Wow! Congrats to editor Andrew F. Smith, the famous food hist...
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Toots' Potluck Supper

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, In : Updates 


 So pleased to present Carol "Toots" Morris and her friends of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Never having cooked Indian food before, they decided to use copies of Menus and Memories from Punjab as a guide as each of them prepared their choice of dish for a potluck supper. Well, it was so much fun that the photo above shows the group in their third get-together. Carol and husband Scott are in the back row, center; a copy of Menus and Memories in the foreground. While writing the book, I had "newbie" co...
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MIT Alums Enthusiastic About Punjabi Cooking

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Updates 
   The enthusiasm was high as the MIT Alums prepared two kinds of Samosa and Naans yesterday. Helpful hint: the flour may be drier in winter, so you may need to add a little warm water, a spoon at a time while you knead the dough. Also on the menu--Yellow Lentils with Spinach, Yogurt Salad with Chickpea Crunchies, Cachumber, Tandoori Chicken and Mango Rice Pudding. Our son, Paul and his wife Nancy did a great job of hosting. Many thanks to Daisy for bringing this wonderful group together.


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Cooking Classes Aid Scholars

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Updates 
Scholarship Winners RespondMany thanks to those who have contributed to the Bennett Brand Memorial Fund. Because of you, four wonderful kids who attend Dunellen High School benefited greatly in 2011. (See their photos in former post.)

Matthew Corrales was able to study Songwriting and Recording at Lebanon Valley College. He wrote two beautiful letters to us! I was nervous about going…I was able to get a feeling of what college would be like…this course allowed me to expand my knowledge ...
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2011 Benny Scholarship Winners!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Updates 
On June 2nd, four very promising Dunellen High School scholars were awarded funds to attend programs this summer. Matthew Corrales for Songwriting and Recording, Gabriel Guttierez for Animal Psychology, Rebecca Turlip for Actuarial Science and Stephanie Heidinger for Theology. It was an honor to give these great kids this opportunity in memory of our grandson, Benny.



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Rani on the Radio!!!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, In : Updates 
I was interviewed on Sunday by Pierre Wolfe on the Business Talk Radio Network for the second time. Click here to listen to the interview!

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Diversity Council

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Updates 
I've been trying to catch up with myself!

Here is something I've wanted you to see for awhile now, an article that appeared in the Alternative Press of New Providence, NJ after a talk I gave at the library there. It was quite an honor to be the first speaker invited by the Diversity Council. If I don't appreciate diversity, no one will! In a time when most people married within their culture and religion, my grandparents did not. Nor did I, nor my sister, nor my brother, nor many of my cousin...
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The 2010 Bennett Brand Memorial Scholarship Winners!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Thursday, June 10, 2010, In : Updates 
The Bennett Brand Memorial Scholarship winners were chosen and received their accolades at the Dunellen High School Awards Night ceremony June 3rd. I was busy serving dinner* to our guests (from Florence, Italy and Cleveland, Ohio) so could not present them in person. Their counselors are very proud of them and I'm sure they will carry on to be a credit to their families and to their school.


From the left: Steve Gryszel will study Behavioral Neuroscience this summer at the Lebanon Valley Yout...
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Magazines Feature Rani!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, In : Updates 
The word is out all over the world!

HEAL, an award-winning, premiere health magazine based in New Delhi, India, has chosen photos and recipes I especially adapted from Menus and Memories from Punjab for their March issue. Many thanks to Shahid Akhter, editor, for featuring the book and recipes. Quite an honor!  Click here to see the article.

The fascinating and literate online magazine, SikhChic.com, is featuring a recipe from my blog, as well as an article, "Religion and Culture--Clash or Con...
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Rani Goes National (again) with Pierre Wolfe!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, March 15, 2010, In : Updates 
I was interviewed today by Pierre Wolfe on the Business Talk Radio Network for the second time. Click here to listen to the interview!


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The Artistry of Punjabi Cooking

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, In : Updates 
In the homes of graceful Punjabis everywhere, the most delicious meals require discernment: an artist’s sensibility--the inspiration of a poet, the palette of a painter, and the timing of a musician. The myriad combinations of vegetables, lentils, spices and techniques lend themselves to the creative genius in each cook. Rarely, if ever, will you have the same flavor or texture in the “same” dish prepared in a neighbor’s house. A little pinch of this or that, the onions ground into a ...
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Book by Benny Scholarship winner!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, January 10, 2010, In : Updates 
I am very happy to report that the first recipient of the Benny Scholarship, Jessica Martin has written an advice book on dating. She is an amazing young woman, wise beyond her years. Help make it a best seller!! The book is called, "The Christian Lady's Dating Constitution."

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Highlights of 2009-- a great year for Menus and Memories!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, In : Updates 
The launch from the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC was totally sold out!

Sikhchic.com chose Menus and Memories for its November "Book of the Month" and got a rave review by Michele Gibson.

The book got featured and recommended for holiday giving on Ochef.com

It was #3 on Amazon.com in Indian cookbooks due to the press given by MapleLeafSikh.com and SikhNet.com and all of YOUR support.

Thanks so much! Because of YOU we have been able to send over $3,000 to benefit schools in Punjab.

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Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish family and friends!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Friday, December 11, 2009, In : Updates 
Who said latkes and applesauce have to be made to celebrate the miracle of the oil on Hanukkah? After all, the white potato was "discovered" in the New World. How about celebrating the Jews of Asia--especially of Cochin, India with Puffy Sweet Potato Bread and Cranberry Chutney (below)! They may have been in India before the Masada sacrifice. So enjoy a little of "Old World" flavor distinct from Mittle Europe and get kudos from your guests. Use half whole-wheat/half white flour or whole-wheat...
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Great reception in Cape May!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, In : Updates 
What a reception the Herb Society of South Jersey gave me at the Cape May County Library! The overflow crowd enthusiastically listened to my talk of the health benefits of Punjabi spices and herbs and gobbled the samosas, mint chutney, masala cha and sevian. I replaced the mustard seeds, fennel seed and cilantro in the samosa recipe from my book with some fresh fenugreek leaves (replacing cilantro) and dried (replacing mustard and fennel) because this was an herb unfamiliar to them. Of course...
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Get cooking!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, November 2, 2009, In : Updates 
Hi Friends and Family!

Check out the great review of the book on www.sikhchic.com to find a lovely review of Menus and Memories From Punjab. Our niece Meghan Dhaliwal took the picture of the Plain and Aloo Paraunthis in our kitchen. So proud that her photo made the cover of this wonderful online magazine. Very happy that the book is being so well received, especially the stories. Michele Gibson was moved to tears. Joyce wrote to me on my website www.ranisrecipes.com that she and her husband la...
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Meeting Babaji Iqbal Singh

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, November 2, 2009, In : Updates 
We were privileged to meet Babaji Iqbal Singh at the Central Jersey Gurudwara. Babaji was invited to lay the foundation stone for a $40 million Hindu temple which is being built adjacent to the Gurudwara. Babaj's energy, even at his advanced age, is amazing. His voice is strong and assured. His devotion to the education of youth and the spiritual life is legendary.We are so happy to be given an opportunity to contribute to the Akal Acadamies.

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Rani goes national with Pierre Wolfe!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, September 28, 2009, In : Updates 
I had my first interview EVER yesterday, Sunday, September 27, with Pierre Wolfe on the Business Talk Radio Network, He was really delightful to talk to!  Listen to the segment here.

I was also featured in the Westfield Leader on September 24, 2009.  Jayne Salomon, author of the "Westfield Food 4 Thought" column, featured Menus and Memories on page 19. Here is a copy of the article:







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More pictures from the book launch at the Rubin Museum

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Friday, September 25, 2009, In : Updates 
Hi Everyone

Here are some additional pictures from the 09/09/09 book launch at the Rubin Museum.

Dr. Kuzniar and I chatting with the audience:



Gurudwara Bridgewater Bhangra Team -- Punjabi Pride:



The Dynamic Megha Kalia Leads NYC Bhangra:



What a journey she has made! the beautiful Candice Baker, my dear student:



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My first review on Amazon.com

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Thursday, September 24, 2009, In : Updates 
Hi everyone

I have my first review on Amazon.com!  Please feel free to post your own review as well!

Thanks in advance,
Rani

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The book launch was a huge success!!!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, September 13, 2009, In : Updates 
Wow! Even standing room was sold out as was every single copy of Menus and Memories From Punjab at the Rubin Museum on 9/9/09!

Rani between her editor, Priti Chitnis Gress, and the book's designer, Wanda Espana

My family pitched in to package the food samples. Everyone raved about the missee rotee, mitha chawal, masoor daal/methi/petha and sevian kheer. All of the recipes may be found in the book along with many others that Bebeji Jagdish Kaur and so many Aunties had taught me. Bebeji's spir...
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Organic Spices

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, August 3, 2009, In : Updates 
Swanson Health Products has opened a new line of Organic Spices and they have told me I won their August Healthy Recipe contest for Tofu Keema! So here is the link www.swansonvitamins.com and look for my recipe soon.

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Book Launch Invitation - September 9th in New York City

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, August 2, 2009, In : Updates 
O Nanak, the Name of the Lord is the boat, and the Name is the raft!

Its so exciting! My book is to be launched from the beautiful Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan on 9/9/09. Would you believe 9 has always been my lucky number! Hope you and I will be lucky enough to share a great evening of dialog on the health benefits of spices with a doctor of naturopathy, a tasting of four Punjabi dishes and their historical significance and a bhangra performance. Hope to see you there.

Please click on CA...
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Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, June 28, 2009, In : Updates 
Happy birthday to my dear husband, the happy camper! The grandgirls and the family really enjoyed their trip to Pennsylvania. Grandpa is always so selfless and thoughtful. We are very, very lucky!


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Student becomes the Teacher

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, June 28, 2009, In : Updates 
Talking to Andrew F. Smith’s class at The New School University on “How to Get Your Cookbook Published” was quite an honor. Only two years had passed since I was a student in that same class. The students were all so energetic and eager to embark on their own adventures. Much success to each of them! "The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it." John Ruskin


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Graduation ceremonies

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, June 21, 2009, In : Updates 
Our four granddaughters will all be moving up to new schools in September. All were promoted in ceremonies last week. We are so proud of them! Natasha Kaur, our eldest was presented with the Debate Award, she was the unanimous choice of the entire faculty. Congratulations! (No use arguing, she will win!)


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June Updates!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, June 7, 2009, In : Updates 
June is such a busy month for most people. We are no exceptions. Seers have said that this month, this year is a time of completion. Menus and Memories is now complete after seven years, fulfilling that cycle. You may find much in your life that is closing or shifting as well.

June 1st -- The month began with the passing of our friend, Dr. Daljit K. Gill’s mother who reached the age of 97, a woman with a lovely nature that shone from her face. God speed home, Punjab Kaur! You have completed ...
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May update

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Monday, May 18, 2009, In : Updates 
May 12th Carolynn and I went into NYC to the DeGustibus Cooking School. The chef, David Waltuck, from Chanterelle prepared a wonderful dinner. The highlight for me was halibut with a cream sauce of saffron, leeks and basil. It was so delicate and aromatic at the same time. May 15th We celebrated son-in-law David’s birthday with his parents and sister from Chicago. Raji made a glorious carrot cake! It was great seeing them after so long. We go back many years together—before David was born...
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Memories of Martha

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, May 17, 2009, In : Updates 
Decided to make the veggie tikkas with cashew/coconut chutney for the cooking class and remembered presenting that one and three more to Martha Stewart as a thank you gift for the wonderful reception she gave to our oldest friends, Tonia and Jesse and to us on the set of her show, MARTHA. We were treated like royalty.



I packaged the chutneys -- mango marubba, mint, red ginger and the coconut one in beautiful shot glasses. You'll find the recipes for them -- and more in my book.


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