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iCook: Molten Chocolate Cake with Chambord Crème Anglaise

by Valerie May 23, 2011
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This past Mother's Day, my family played it low-key by sharing a meal together in the comfort of our own home. We started with some fruit with champagne, dined on seafood steamed in white wine with crunchy sourdough and finished off the evening with this molten chocolate cake, which come to think of it also […]

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iCook: Moroccan Chicken with Apricot Couscous and Persian Yogurt

by Valerie April 28, 2011
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This hearty dish I've come to crave when it's cold out and I have a nice chunk of time to fiddle in the kitchen. It's somehow very soothing to me to clean chicken thighs and chop herbs for hours and this dish is even better when reheated, which means it makes for a week's worth […]

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Odd Eats: Ambergris, A New Dimension Of Flavor

by Karen April 26, 2011
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Ambergris.  Sounds whimsical, like an beautiful flower or a rare gemstone. In actuality, it’s whale poop. Well, sort of. Ambergris is a waxy solid substance that is produced in the digestive system of sperm whales and protects the digestive track from sharp items ingested like squid beaks. Freshly regurgitated or excreted ambergris supposedly smells horrific […]

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iCook: Grilled Cheese and Marmite Sandwich with Tomato Soup

by Valerie April 18, 2011
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Just over a year ago I returned home from a two-year excursion studying education in Cape Town, South Africa, a magical place I now consider my second home. I had many wonderful experiences there with South African food like bobotie, but I also had the pleasure of meeting many other foreigners like myself who introduced […]

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What Is A Molinillo?

by Karen February 9, 2011
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a) A device to remove moles b) An ancient Mayan torture device c) A Mexican hot chocolate stirrer If you guessed “C” you are correct (and savvy to the fact that this is a food blog).  This wooden Mexican “whisk” is used to froth Mexican drinks like champurrado and hot chocolate making it foamy and […]

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Churros, Chocolate and Love in Mexico

by Karen February 7, 2011
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A year ago this week, our family had the ultimate Valentine's Day celebration: my sister's gorgeous wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, one of the most romantic places in the world. Like the commercials say, San Miguel de Allende is likely not the Mexico you thought you knew.  No turquoise waters, no margaritas on […]

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Whistle While You Work

by Valerie January 12, 2011
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When Karen and I cook, we have fun. I mean, we wouldn't have started this blog if we weren't in it to enjoy it, but when the day comes to actually cook a dish, we seriously have fun. We choose certain dishes specifically to explore a new culture or cuisine to begin with, so the […]

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Masala Dosa (Potato Stuffed Indian Crepe): Visiting India

by Karen January 3, 2011
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This week we'll be approaching Globetrotter Diaries' 100th post (my god, that's a lot of writing and a lot of food)!  I started the blog's culinary journey to India for many reasons and that's where I'll come full circle on the 100th post.  And in the spirit of preparing for this small milestone, I went […]

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The Tradition of Mochi Making

by Valerie December 29, 2010

Since Karen and I are making mochi this week, I thought it'd be nice to take a look at the tradition of mochi making in Japan. Mochi is made from steamed sweet rice that is then processed in a unique and highly labor intensive way. My mom always told me that in the day when […]

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