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When I was a kid, one of the first things my mom taught me how to make was a hot cup of chaya (homestyle tea). It was like a rite of passage…and an invitation to her colorful, spice-filled kitchen. The most exciting part back then was daringly pouring the steamy, caramel-colored goodness from one steel cup to another so I could cool it down and get that classic, frothy texture to sit atop the tea. It’s a recollection of my childhood every time I do it. That same magical feeling still shines through my recipes, both new and old. There’s just nothing like creating a dish so full of evocative flavor and love. It’s what gives me joy and the inspiration to share this experience with you every day! It’s something I hope offers you adventure, a little piece of home, and maybe even something a little familiar. 


Welcome to my home. The Familiar Kitchen. A first-generation food blog by me, Ann Ittoop. 

Latest Posts

  • Where do I even begin with this Gulab Jamun Cheesecake? This recipe idea came about from my friend Tina so I decided to make it for her birthday. I knew it'd be the perfect edible gift to celebrate her day

  • We all know the familiar feeling of burnout. Here are a few tips to help you feel like yourself and to inspire motivation  Welcome to my new series called #SoundsFamiliar where I'll be sharing stories and lessons inspired by my time

  • I like to think about the recipes my mom taught me as a kid and credit her with a lot of what I’ve learned. I need to give some credit to my dad, too, though. Father’s aren’t always seen in

  • The recipe for how to make Banana Chips, also known as just about every Indian kids favorite snack, is finally on my blog! And I made a video to show you how to make it! This is seriously one of

  • Biscotti reminds of the milk rusk I'd watch my mom dunk into her chaya (tea) in the afternoons. It always looked like her moment to relax with the simplest things in hand. This Orange Rose Biscotti with Citrus Nutella drizzled

  • What's more satisfying than breakast? I can eat breakfast for dinner, which is exactly what happened when I made my Spiced Coconut Milk French Toast. Many variations of French Toast exist, but this is hands-down my favorite way to make

  • This Kerala Fried Rice is such a simple side dish to make when you need something to go with your curries. Honestly, though, I could eat of bowl of this on its own. Featuring ghee-fried onions, cashews, and raisins, and

  • Butter Chicken is a known North Indian dish. As a South Indian/Malayalee cook, though, I had to wonder what would happen if I put a spin on it with the flavors I grew up using. With ingredients like coconut, cardamom,

  • Don’t you just love when you have those, “what if I did this?” moments and it ends up being a good move? That’s what happened with this Goat Cheese Pound Cake recipe. One day in my kitchen I was whipping

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