Quick Announcement

Happy Easter folks! I hope that you were able to enjoy the nice weather we had in the northeast and celebrate with family and friends. We had Easter potluck brunch including ham, party pizza (which is apparently a super Rhode Island thing), blueberry pancake cake, Greek pasta salad, and mushroom/onion/tomato/spinach quiche (not quite as good…

Chipa

If there’s one food that defines my two years in Paraguay, it’s chipa. A bagel-shaped bread, chipa is a savory, dense snack food that tastes unique to the American palette. That’s probably because its main ingredients, which include the local staples of cassava flour and Paraguayan cheese, aren’t part of the American diet. The word…

Butternut Squash & Spinach Quiche

Spring is here! The temperature passed 70 degrees for the first time yesterday, and I for one cannot be happier that the cold gray winter days are behind us. And while I wish winter good riddance, I always miss the comfort foods – especially anything with butternut squash! What better way to give a farewell…

6 Ways to Eat Great in NYC

One of my absolute favorite things about New York is that you can eat food from around the world without ever leaving the five boroughs. Not just the typical Italian, Mexican, and Thai, but Burmese, Uzbek, Paraguayan and everything in between. In fact, there are entire blogs devoted to eating around the world from right…

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…