From the monthly archives:

September 2010

For the Love (and Hate) of Cilantro

by Karen September 29, 2010
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There are very few times Valerie and I will get into a heated conversation over something.  Quite frequently these instances involve food, or rather a debate over our personal preferences and which is ultimately and empirically the better opinion.  This week’s Moroccan dish, which involves cilantro (aka coriander), has re-opened a long-standing debate between Valerie […]

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Harira: Visiting Morocco

by Karen September 27, 2010
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Very few places capture my imagination like Morocco does.  The country lies at the center of three overlapping worlds: the African, the European and the Arab, creating a unique and complex identity that is at once cosmopolitan and steeped in tradition.  Morocco was originally inhabited by the Berbers and throughout its history has been influenced […]

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Desayuno Chapin (Guatemalan Breakfast): Eating Guatemala

by Karen September 24, 2010
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There was something I didn’t mention on Monday’s post about frijoles volteados. I often have the privilege of experiencing what is certainly a perfect version of them.  My friends, Ofelia and Mike, often get a vat of delicious creamy black beans bestowed upon them by Doña Zoila, a relative whose exact recipe they still haven’t […]

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Desayuno Chapin (Guatemalan Breakfast): Visiting Guatemala

by Karen September 20, 2010
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I think this will be one of my favorite posts on the blog.  Here’s why:  I love refried black beans (none of that dog food crap that comes out of a can, I’m talking the real deal) and almost more than beans, I LOVE breakfast.  In Guatemala, desayuno chapin is the typical breakfast that is […]

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Empanadas de Pino: Eating Chile

by Karen September 17, 2010
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I was thinking about empanadas all week and how there are so many equivalent “edible packaged” foods around the world.  (Oh god, did I just admit that I think about food all week?)  Knishes, samosas, pasties, calzones…. the list goes on.  If all these cultures have invented similar dishes, you have to assume they’re all […]

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Empanadas de Pino: Visiting Chile

by Karen September 13, 2010
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I love all-in-one hand-held meals.  They’re convenient, tasty and best of all you don’t need any utensils!  Unfortunately in the States our only example of such culinary ingenuity are Hot Pockets or McDonald’s Apple Pies- bleh.  Empanadas on the other hand are delicious hand-crafted and hand-eaten savory turnovers enjoyed throughout most of South America.  The […]

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FoodBuzz 24×24: Smørrebrød (Open-Faced Sandwiches): Eating Denmark

by Karen September 8, 2010
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This week’s Danish lunch, sponsored by Foodbuzz and Electrolux for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, was attended by some of our gal pals from WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other).  WYSE is a national non-profit mentorship organization that partners college women with middle school girls.  All of us were were WYSE alumnae at UCLA […]

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Strawberry Danishes: Eating Denmark

by Karen September 8, 2010
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Danishes, although popular throughout Europe, originated in Denmark and more specifically with a strike amongst Danish bakers in 1850.  Forced to hire foreign bakers, bakeries started employing Austrian bakers, whose native preparations adapted Danish recipes.  As Danish bakers started modifying the Austrian plundergebäck, the Danish was born. Denmark’s trademark pastry dough is similar to puff […]

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Smørrebrød (Open-Faced Sandwiches): Visiting Denmark

by Karen September 6, 2010
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This week is special for a couple of reasons.  First, our Danish meal this week is sponsored by Foodbuzz and Electrolux, who have generously awarded 24 recipients a $250 stipend to host a meal for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund– and we’ve been chosen to host a meal!  More importantly, Foodbuzz and Electrolux will also […]

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