Vegan Mango Milkshake | Becky Keeps House - This vegan mango milkshake is also paleo, gluten free, and so good you’re going to want to lick the blender. What are you waiting for? Make this now.

Vegan Mango Milkshake for Mango Season

This vegan mango milkshake is perfect for mango season.

Mmmm mangoes.  Beautiful, fragrant and oh so tasty.  They’re practically nature’s candy.  If you know anyone from Southeast Asia (aka a “Desi”) you know that we are seriously obsessed with mangoes.  You want to make a Desi happy?  Buy him/her a crate (pethi) of mangoes.  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  You will make a friend for life.  I actually know a girl whose husband initiated his proposal for her hand in marriage by sending her family two crates of mangoes.  What a “sweet” proposal!

Authentic Chicken Curry with Desi Chicken | Becky Keeps House - This authentic chicken curry recipe uses domestic chicken for a traditional, home-cooked chicken curry, perfect for family dinners or for unexpected guests.

Authentic Chicken Curry with Desi Chicken

In Pakistan, I was introduced to the concept of a heart-attack guest. Okay, so nobody else calls them that except for me, but a heart-attack guest is basically someone who drops in unexpectedly around a meal time. I used to panic over whether or not I’ve made enough food, and whether or not the food is good enough to serve to guests and that is from whence the “heart-attack” comes.

Everything Bagels: New York City Style | Becky Keeps House - This recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients for the best copy of genuine, New York City Everything Bagels. Authentic taste with a much shorter wait time!

Everything Bagels: New York City Style

Whenever I’m pregnant (which has only been twice in my life, but whatever, let’s make this a rule), I crave everything bagels with cream cheese. I think it’s the American imperialist in me, it’s like I need to encode the baby with half of my New Yorker DNA via bagel. So here I was, in my first trimester of pregnancy, and craving everything bagels so bad I could (and did, actually) cry.

Spicy Pizza with Chicken Fajita Topping | Becky Keeps House - This spicy pizza recipe makes delicious, Brooklyn-Style homemade pizza a snap, even if you don't have a pizza stone or peel!

Spicy Pizza with Chicken Fajita Topping

It was my first year in Pakistan after getting married, and I was expecting our first child.  It was the month of Ramadan, and the doctor had imposed a strict, no-fasting rule due to complications with my pregnancy.  I was depressed enough about being left out of the spiritual experience of fasting, but compounding that was an awful homesickness.  After ten months of being in Islamabad, I was missing my mom and I was missing the familiar taste of home.  In particular, I was missing hot, spicy pizza.