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by Beth Kaiserman

What better way to celebrate National Women’s History Month than with wonderful women from all over the world teaching and sharing their recipes?

The League of Kitchens is doing just that, with immersive culinary workshops taught in the homes of inspiring home cooks. They invite you into their homes, share stories and recipes and send you home with the recipes and a shopping list. 

The League of Kitchens was founded in 2014 by Lisa Gross, inspired by her Korean grandmother’s cooking during Lisa’s childhood.

The League of Kitchens is hosting an exciting dinner series at the James Beard House. We were so happy to meet the team in the GP kitchen, prepping for their first Beard dinner February 2, which featured Nepalese food from chef instructor Rachana Rimal. 

The next Beard dinner is May 4 and features Uzbek cuisine. It will be the first all halal dinner at James Beard House, with a menu curated by chef instructor Damira.

Rachana's Recipes:
Sel (Rice Flour Doughnuts)
Cauli Manchurian (Manchurian Cauliflower)
Rayo Ko Saag (Stir-Fried Mustard Greens)

About Rachana Rimal:

Rachana was born in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, a country that shares borders (and culinary traditions) with China and India. Rachana’s grandfather worked as an administrator for the king, and her husband, whom she married when she was sixteen years old and he was seventeen, had a grandfather who also worked for the king as a physician. Rachana’s father studied agriculture and oversaw the farming of a family owned property many miles from the capital.  He would frequently send fresh food from the farm, which her mother and daughters-in-law would cook for her, her six siblings, and thirty to forty-five members of their extended family.  

From a young age, Rachana loved to cook and spent many hours watching her mother in the kitchen. She especially enjoyed learning the recipes that her mother had learned from her own parents that had been passed down over many generations. Rachana came to the US alone in 2006. She is now happy to live in Flushing with her husband and two of her grown children.  She loves to share her food and her Nepalese heritage through the League of Kitchens as well as through Eat Offbeat, a catering company where she works as a chef.

Enjoy a delicious cultural exchange:

Images courtesy of The League of Kitchens

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