Cooking Up Kindness & Raising more than $10,000 for the International Rescue Committee

Copyright (c) 2017 Ted Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

Big, big news from A Little Yumminess! We are incredibly thrilled that our inaugural “A Little Kindness” community fundraising dinner exceeded our wildest expectations, raising $10,600 for critical work that the International Rescue Committee  (IRC) is doing to help refugees here in the Bay Area and around the world. This cause is so very near and dear to our hearts and we believe strongly in the mission of the IRC. We urge you to visit their website and learn more!

Copyright (c) 2017 Ted Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

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Upcoming Events – Hope You Can Join Us!

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March 16th, 2017 – “Weeknight Indian Classics” @ 18 Reasons

If the idea of cooking Indian food from scratch in your home intimidates you, this is the class for you. In this class we will teach you to cook classic Indian dishes that come together quickly and pack a punch of flavor into your busy schedule. We’ll also introduce you to the most commonly used Indian spices and how they can be incorporated into your everyday cooking. You’ll soon be asking, “Who needs takeout?”

Thursday, 3/16/2017 (6 – 930 pm) – Click here for tickets

March 28th, 2017 – “Flavors of India – Pooris and Punjabi Curries” @ 18 Reasons

Learn about essential Indian spices, special ingredients and unique cooking techniques while we make some of Simran’s favorite family recipes. Together we’ll cook a vegetarian feast: golden, puffed pooris, two vegetarian curries, and some classic accompaniments. When served together, the dishes on this menu would be a typical Sunday family lunch in Northern India’s Punjab region, but each of the dishes on their own makes a wonderful addition to your home cooking repertoire.

Tuesday, 3/28/2017 (6 – 9pm) – Click here for tickets

April 2nd, 2017 — “Traditional Indian” at Ramekins

Join us for a menu consisting of some favorite Indian classics and you will forget about ordering Indian takeout.  The class will include an introduction to some of the spices most commonly used in Indian cooking and how the spices can be incorporated into your everyday cooking.

Sunday, 4/2/17 (3 – 6pm) — click here for tickets

April 27th, – Dinner and A Movie: The Lunchbox @ 18 Reasons

We were inspired by the Indian film “The Lunchbox” to create a classic Indian lunchbox menu to accompany our screening of the film. Join us for dinner and a movie!

Thursday, 4/27/17 (7-9pm) – click here for tickets

Rice Bowls with Vietnamese Meatballs

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We love rice bowls and our dinner often ends up looking like the above photograph.  This meatball recipe was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury as part of a Vietnamese meatball sandwich (banh mi) and gets made a bunch around here.

Served with toothpicks, these meatballs would be great for a cocktail party as well.  Since we make them in the oven, the mess is minimal.  A fried or boiled egg would make this rice bowl even yummier! Continue reading

Making Minestrone with Nonni Laura (Video)

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Lunch at Nonni Laura’s

I’m a life long Italo-phile so it’s a real bonus that my hubby happens to have an Italian Nonni who’s still cooking up a storm at 93. Nonni Laura and I have always connected around our interest in food and cooking, she often calls to share recipes and always comes to every family event with jars of sugo (or polpette, or minestone or risotto or sherry wine cake….) for all of us, as well as platters piled with cookies.

On a recent afternoon, my husband spent the afternoon making minestrone soup with her and they were nice enough to capture it all on video, so not only do you get to meet the one and only Nonni Laura, but now you too can make minestrone like a true Italian grandma.

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2017 Summer Camp!

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We’ve plunged right into the New Year, with teaching, planning and cooking, and we are more excited than ever to launch our summer camp for this year.

Join us for lots more food, cooking and culture: younger kids (entering 1st thru 4th grades) will explore world cuisines from Greece, to Cuba, to Malaysia and older kids (entering 4th thru 7th grades) will take inspiration from celebrated local chefs. We hope to see you this summer!
Click the links below to register or get complete camp details by visiting www.alittleyum.com/camp/.

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Everyday Indonesian Cooking at 18 Reasons

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We are back from the winter break – recharged and ready to go.  I usually find this time of year annoying, because everyone is so positive, resolute and gung-ho (and the gyms are exceptionally full), but this year I find myself cheerful, excited (maybe, because 2016 was just so yucky) and hoping to take on new challenges.

To kick things off – we are teaching a new format of Indonesian cooking class at 18 Reasons in February.  It’s a new format – because everyone will make every dish on the menu.  Usually at cooking classes, you just make one/two of the dishes, but during this one everyone will make everything.  We can’t wait!  Hopefully, it will be chance for you to add a whole new dimension to your everyday meals. Continue reading

Happy Holidays & See You Next Year

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It’s amazing how fast this year has gone by.  Someone said to me recently that the years seem to whiz by faster as one gets older – that’s so true.  We are hoping to keep it slow and simple these holidays, to pause and reflect, and think about how to make ourselves better, and by extension the world better.

We are also looking forward to next year and all the cooking fun we have planned with little ones and grown-ups.  There are many new ideas and plans we have up our sleeves, and hopefully some of them will work out.  Meanwhile, please note the dates below if your kids can join us, we’d love to cook with them.


Jan. 16, 2017 — MLK, JR. HOLIDAY CAMP: “AMERICAN CLASSICS” 

How would your kids like to spend the day cooking great American classics to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?  Your kiddos will learn to cook Americana favorites from classic mac and cheese to apple pie.…. and with a nod of our ever-changing country and food traditions, we will also have fun creating a modern-fusion version of each dish to serve alongside the original. 

Jan. 17, 2017 — Asian Noodle Bowls

Join us for day of the ultimate comfort food – Asian Noodle Bowls and some other favorites from Asian restaurants.

Feb 9 & Feb 10, 2017 — “Everyday Indonesian” at 18 Reasons
Learn how to create a true and truly good Indonesian meal at home! This is a menu you can whip up fairly quickly when you tire of your nightly routine, or when you want to impress some friends for a casual gathering.

SUMMER CAMP 2017
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We’d love to be part of your summer plans. Registration for 2017 Summer Camps will go live in January.  In the meantime, Save the Date! All camps will run 9am-3pm and take place in SF/Noe Valley:

  • Jul 10-14, 2017 : Cook the Cookbook: Bay Area chefs (entering 4th-7th grades)
  • July 17-21, 2017 : Cook the Cookbook: Bay Area chefs (entering 4th-7th grades)
  • July 24-28, 2017: Around the World (entering 1st-4th grades)
  • July 31-August 4, 2017: Around the World (entering 1st-4th grades)

If you would like to be notified when registration goes live, please join our mailing list HERE.

Happy Holidays!