Food is medicine in my Sri Lankan home. My parents infused their love and care for me and my sister into the food they cooked. Thaththa, my father, plated spicy sambals to comfort us during drowsy, sluggish sick days. Amma, my mother, blended leafy greens with coconut milk and cooked rice for warm glasses of kola kenda, a traditional herbal gruel we enjoyed most mornings. But whenever I came back home from school after getting soaked in a monsoonal summer downpour, my parents—fearing that I might get ill—would without fail leave a mug full of koththamalli by my bedroom door.
One of Food Network’s fiery shows of the summer, BBQ Brawl, premieres June 14, 2021 featuring North Texas pitmaster Brendan Lamb.
Lamb is the owner of Smiley’s Craft Barbecue, which opened in 2018 in Roanoke. He is one of two Texans among the 12 contestants on the show: There’s also Ara Malekian, former executive chef for Wolfgang Puck and current pitmaster at Harlem Road Texas BBQ in Richmond, Texas, west of Houston. (In a list of the top 25 new barbecue joints by Texas Monthly in 2019, writer Daniel Vaughn called Malekian “the Indiana Jones of Texas barbecue” —
PRINGLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A surface grinder at West Side Career & Technology Center is about the last thing you’d expect to be connected with preparing food. But in a way, it is, after the machine technology instructor learned many of his students weren’t getting enough to eat.
“During the COVID, I mean there wasn’t a lot available for these kids,” said Michael Galanda, machine technology instructor at West Side Career and Technical Center.
“I never had to really worry about that but I know there’s all these other kids in Luzerne County who may not be as