Thanksgiving Appetizer Idea: Georgian Eggplant Walnut Rolls

Badrijani nigvzit Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Americans! May the sentiment of our holiday spread far and wide across the world. We need it. I don’t have an entire holiday menu to share, but I do want to alert you to a little something for the pre-feasting. An eggplant appetizer, rich and smokey, garlicky, nutty, tart…Continue readingThanksgiving Appetizer Idea: Georgian Eggplant Walnut Rolls

Lessons & Recipes from a Holiday Kitchen

This year, we decided to spend Thanksgiving at home, alone. Just the two of us. We don’t hate our families, we’re not anti-social. We’ve just had months and months of travels hither and yon, with multiple visits to relatives east and west, and more planned for Christmas. We were tired. Still are. But we had…Continue readingLessons & Recipes from a Holiday Kitchen

Don’t Forget the Picnic Dip

Lao jaeow mak len (grilled tomato salsa) in the making Folks, the holiday is almost here. Are you ready? I’ve just posted six recipes for dips, salsas and relishes that you’ll want on your 4th of July table. It’s an eclectic mix, reflecting the multicultural nation this is. Have a gander at The Faster Times.…Continue readingDon’t Forget the Picnic Dip

Do You Really Want to Eat That?

Did you know up to 38 percent of all American cattle have E. coli 0157:H7 at the time of slaughter? Hmm. I’m swimming in information from the past year of food research. My latest story for The Faster Times presents a few health and safety factoids about burgers, pesticides, butter wrappers, canned tomatoes, microwave popcorn,…Continue readingDo You Really Want to Eat That?

Czech Out These Nuts on The Faster Times

A batch of Angkor brand caramelized coconut peanuts in the making Today, a new partnership begins. From now on, you will find more of my ramblings on the Food Page of The Faster Times. I’ll be writing twice a month about Food Culture and linking back here with additional information and photos. Remember all those…Continue readingCzech Out These Nuts on The Faster Times

Beer Snacks: So Many Ways with Peanuts

Cambodia drives me to drink. Picture: riverfront sunsets with amber rays, light grazing across cocktail-hour boats and the saffron folds of a monk’s robe. Warm breeze, jasmine air. Pedicabs and pushcarts, buzzing mopeds, rumbling trucks. Kids selling postcards and photocopied books, and a seat at the sidewalk where I can watch it all (this can…Continue readingBeer Snacks: So Many Ways with Peanuts

Thanksgiving Nibbles

I’m getting a head start, but I fear I made these pecans a bit too early. They won’t last until Thursday. I do believe these are the liveliest pecans I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t keep them out of my mouth or my husband’s claws. I came across the recipe for Candied Chile Pecans a…Continue readingThanksgiving Nibbles

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

The latest edition of AFAR is on sale, and inside you will find our feature on the Burmese pickled tea leaf salad known as laphet thote. This is such an exuberant dish with hot, tangy, bitter, salty flavors that tingle every little nook of the mouth. If you’ve never had the opportunity to try laphet…Continue readingBurmese Tea Leaf Salad

Calm Waters

OK, I’m exhausted but thriving on the words of so many friends on the other side who have written with unconditional support. I miss them, love them, and still worry about their safety. But now I’m going to take you somewhere serene, to a place far away where the horizon keeps a clear, straight line.…Continue readingCalm Waters

The Chip Women

This one goes out as an early birthday wish for Gary, fervent lover of The Chip. He prefers Kettle brand, but I find my favorites on Myanmar’s savory streets. We sat one afternoon in a Burmese tea shop when an old woman ran up with a plate of chips. “Here, here, eat!” We did, she…Continue readingThe Chip Women