How I Tried (and Failed) And Tried Again to Master the Goan Bebinca Cake 

Joanna Lobo

My rollercoaster quest to conquer the eggy, seven-plus-layer Goan dessert

Last Christmas, I made the journey from “still-on-lockdown” Mumbai to my “everything-is-normal here” home in Goa, India. I arrived just in time to prepare the Christmas sweets. My mother, sister-in-law Larissa, and I sat together to curate a list of what would feature in our Christmas tray, or kusvar. My mama prefers the comfort of cakes like the semolina-and-coconut bathk and simple shortbread biscuits like nankhatais. Larissa and I decided, on a whim, to try bebinca.

Bebinca is often called the “queen of Goan desserts.” In fact, the Goan government recently announced it is pushing for it to get an official Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the World Trade Organization. The multilayered cake or pudding is sweet, buttery, and eggy (like a custard) with spice notes. It is made with several egg yolks and baked one painstaking layer … Read more

Easy Caramel Brownies

Caramel Brownies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet cravings. Rich chocolate, sandwiches ooey gooey sweet caramel for the best brownies EVER!

Brownies are hands down one of the best treats, they are rich, luscious and perfectly proportioned. You have to try these other tried and true favorites like this Red Velvet, Oreo or Cream Cheese Brownies!

Caramel Brownies stacked on top of each other.

Caramel Brownie Recipe

The first time I made these caramel brownies they were gone in 2 minutes flat! It might have helped that I was feeding a bunch of boys, but still! These are just so good! When baking with caramel the hardest part is letting it completely cool. It usually takes a few hours, and even helps putting them in the fridge right before cutting. So I had my little five year old following me around all day asking me every 5 minutes if they were ready. I guess I don’t … Read more

Coke Absolutely Opposes Georgia’s ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Voting Act — Now That It’s Passed

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CEO James Quincey says Coca-Cola has ‘always’ opposed restrictive voting laws, but held off comment until after the Election Integrity Act was passed by the Georgia legislature

Last week, Georgia Republicans pushed through the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” which is a euphemistic name for a set of laws that drastically restricts voting eligibility and access. The new laws — signed by Governor Brian Kemp on March 25 — cut the amount of time one can apply for an absentee ballot, while enforcing stricter ID rules, and eliminating mobile voting buses that helped alleviate long lines. In an exercise of pure spite, the laws also restrict the offering of food and beverages to those waiting on voting lines; now only poll workers are allowed to hand out water, even though some lines are hours-long, especially in communities that lack sufficient polling sites in Georgia.

The act follows the 2020 … Read more

Easy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip is an insanely delicious way to jazz up your next party. Chock full of intense but balanced flavors this appetizer is going to disappear fast.

Everyone loves a great dip at a party, they are the go to snack and appetizer aantit any event. You have to try these other tried and true dip winners: Crab, 5 Minute Million Dollar, and Ranch Dips!

Dipping a chip into Buffalo chicken dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is one of the best Buffalo recipes ever! I do love my Buffalo Wings, and even Buffalo Cauliflower, but this dip is something else! My mom brought this dip to our Super Bowl party this year and it was the biggest hit with my family!  They kept raving about it the whole time and just couldn’t get enough! It was a good thing she made a big batch because we all went back for multiple helpings! This is going … Read more

A Sunny Lemon-Yuja Cake Recipe That Will Brighten Your Day

Celeste Noche

A double dose of citrus provides a welcome update to the classic lemon cake

Unlike one of my friends who possesses an ardent love for lemon desserts (her favorite cookie is lemon, out of all the flavors out there), I feel solidly meh about citrusy sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I like a sweet-tart lemon bar or slice of lemon cream pie as much as the next person — assuming the next person is cool with citrus — but I would surely go for a decadent chocolate number if given the choice. What is it about lemon, especially lemon cake, that makes me so… ambivalent? I’ve enjoyed and appreciated them, but they’ve never topped any lists for me.

So I decided to take on both a culinary and personal challenge: Could I create a lemon cake that I truly loved? Could I shake my indifference and mixed feelings? … Read more