Tico Gallo Pinto

It’s 6am and you begrudgingly roll out of bed. A rooster crows; the sun peeks up on the horizon. As you stumble out of your bedroom, there’s a sizzling noise and the smell of breakfast wafts through the air. You’re served a heaping platter of rice and beans, eggs, fried plantains, and if you’re lucky,…

How to Make Gelato

Gelato. Just saying the word makes your mouth water, eliciting memories of summer, Italian luxury, and a hint of naughtiness. I purchased a gelato making class at Mia Chef Gelateria for my boyfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift (with the ulterior motive of learning how to make it at home and eating ridiculous amounts of…

Celebrating Syrian Food with Refugees

I was invited to a dinner this week cooked by Mayada Anjari, a Syrian refugee who since coming to the US has leveraged her cooking skills into business and recently released her own cookbook. As part of the event, we were treated to an interview with Mayada, a delicious Syrian meal, and a signed copy…

Thai Green Curry

I was lucky enough this past summer to spend a week in Thailand, settling in the small tourist-oriented town of Ao Nang in Krabi province. Aside from taking some time to enjoy the incredible beaches in the area (the one pictured above is Pileh Bay in the Phi Phi Islands), I took my first-ever cooking…

New Tag: Planetary Health Diet

I’m creating a new dietary tag for food on my blog: the planetary health diet. If you follow the world of food security, health, nutrition, and sustainability, you might have heard about the planetary health diet. This diet was outlined in a Lancet article in January 2019, the result of a collaboration of 37 scientists…

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

It’s that time of year again. Super Bowl Sunday. The one time a year when most of America tunes in to one single program, usually the most watched televised event of the year. For better or for worse, football and the Super Bowl are a big part of American culture. You know the Super Bowl…

Tofu “Spam” Musubi

When my boyfriend’s 40th birthday was coming up, I knew I had to do something special. He’s from Hawaii and shared with me that his favorite food of all time was Spam musubi. Spam musubi is a Hawaii staple – a bed of sushi rice topped with fried spam, flavored with teriyaki sauce and Japanese…

Resolution Smoothie

Have you ever kept your New Year’s Resolutions? We always start the year thinking we’ll eat healthier, go to the gym more often, or start that new project. I’m as guilty as anyone – I’ve rarely been able to keep my resolutions. I’ve been successful once. Five years ago, my resolution was to make my…

A Paraguayan Christmas

How do you celebrate the holidays? There are so many different ways that we celebrate at the end of a calendar year, whether it’s unwrapping presents under a tree, eating delicious food, making resolutions, or simply spending time with our loved ones. And every family has its own traditions that represent an intersection between the…

Decadent Cookies & Cream Truffles

AKA Kitchen Mess Bonbons It was winter in New England. My good friend Vicky was hosting us, a group of hungry college students, in her tiny Boston apartment to celebrate surviving our midterms. Years later, I can’t remember what we ate for dinner, but I do remember dessert. Creamy, rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate covered cookies &…