Since the age of 11, she’s been experimenting with recipes for the foods she craved, like pancakes and cheesecake. Of course, she would make enough to share with the whole family when she prepared her favorite comfort foods. Today she shares those crave-worthy creations with thousands of followers on Orchids + Sweet Tea, a blog that combines her design sensibility (orchids) with her southern upbringing (sweet tea).
“In the South,” she says, “food is major, especially big breakfasts and all those decadent desserts.”
A scroll through her Instagram reveals pictures of golden waffles, baked oatmeal dotted with fresh fruit, and syrupy sticky buns—enough to work up anyone’s appetite. In the spring, Shanika loves to put her zippy Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts on the breakfast table.
The word vegan in front of doughnut shouldn’t be discouraging; it’s nearly impossible to tell that these delightful baked and glazed confections contain no dairy or eggs. Shanika has taken years to perfect her vegan recipes to keep them light, sweet and fluffy—and downright delicious no matter what your diet.
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Baking in Brooklyn
She comes from Jamaican and southern roots, but now Shanika is transforming classic comfort foods into vegan delicacies with her family in NYC.
Start your day the southern way by savoring these springy brunch faves, served up on the sweetest tablescape.
Food Blessings In A Box
Leave what you can…take what you need.
America's Heirloom Kitchens
A cookbook author collects and shares the recipes of immigrant women that might have been lost forever—including the beloved family dish that inspired it all.
Catch of the Day
Easy as ever and ready in minutes, these weeknight seafood dinners serve up an ocean of deliciousness.
Ensure your space is safe for furry roommates with these smart tips for pet-proofing your home.
Julie Tran Deily Orlando, FL
This food blogger has been sharing her dishes online for more than a decade. Equipped with the knowledge from her previous career as a software engineer, an acute sense of taste (she’s a confirmed supertaster!) and her mighty DSLR camera, she’s grown her website, thelittlekitchen.net, into a crave-worthy collection of nearly 400 recipes.
IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, VOLUNTEERS JOIN TOGETHER TO FACE THE PANDEMIC WITH LOVE.
TABLE FOR TWO
With no reservations required, these globally inspired dinners are perfectly portioned for a pair. Buh-bye, leftovers!
THE JOY OF COMMUNITY
POP-UP FARMERS MARKETS BRING FRESH FOOD—AND FUN—TO FAMILIES IN NEED.
ALL HALL THE KING OF SKA GUITAR
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JAMAICAN GUITAR LEGEND ERNEST RANGLIN
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Best Of Show Or Worse For Wear? Digest Decides.
More Merchants Are Courting Cash
Surcharges for credit card purchases become common as businesses try to avoid swipe fees
The Mother Load
Her GH Alter Is Faking Her Pregnancy, But In Real Life, Amanda Setton Is A Busy Mom Of Three.
30 minutes with … Eric Adams
Eight weeks before the mayoral primary and second in the polls, Brooklyn’s borough president sharpens his case for more cops.
It’s easy to see why Barbados has long been favored as an escape to the sun
GH: VALENTIN REACTS TO BROOK LYNN'S PREGNANCY
Valentin is left reeling when he comes face to face with a newly returned Brook Lynn and discovers that their one-night stand had lasting consequences: She’s pregnant!
INDIAN LARRY'S BLOCK PARTY - REVISITED
Born To Ride continues to look back at our relationship with Indian Larry. Here is a reprint of an article BTR published in August 2004
What a Day for a Daydream
Writers Confront Climate Crisis
Author and activist Toni Cade Bambara has said the role of the artist is “to make revolution irresistible.” So when Jenny Offill, author of the novels Dept. of Speculation (Knopf, 2014) and Weather (Knopf, 2020), heard about the work of Writers Rebel—the writers’ arm of Extinction Rebellion, an international activist group that works against climate change—she felt compelled to get involved.