Big Tamale on Market Day, Belize

We spent the weeks before the holidays in the far southern tip of Belize. The little town of Punta Gorda sits on the water, and every day travelers and migrants arrive by boat from Honduras and Guatemala. PG, as it is called, is the capital of the country’s wettest region, known as Toledo. It’s also […]

Break[the]fast

Harira, a traditional Moroccan soup to break the fast. To see a gallery of Ramadan photos, click here. Ramadan ends this weekend with the sighting of a new moon, and millions of Muslims worldwide will break their month-long fast through the feast of Eid. It’s not been an easy month. Since Ramadan follows a lunar […]

The Pineapple Lady

It’s amazing the space certain people occupy in our minds and memories. It’s remarkable how our thoughts can capture those same people so vividly, though we don’t even know their names or stories. This is The Pineapple Lady at Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kong Market, circa 1998. We bought a pineapple from her just about […]

Persian Beef Stew with Celery Leaves

I’m bundled in wool as a faint snow falls outside. Long gone are the farmers markets that wowed me this summer and fall in Missoula. But the taste lingers. A few weeks back, during one of the last Saturday markets, I picked up a bunch of celery from a local Hmong vendor. That celery was […]

The Prettiest Peppers

Missoula’s Clark Fork Market has ended, but its colors live on. I spent last Sunday in the kitchen, keeping warm beside the stove as I turned the season’s last goodies into batches of soup, sauce and stew. Unfortunately, I couldn’t smell much—I’ve been fighting a cold that continues to linger. But the cooking itself seemed […]

Happy Earth Day! Go Sour.

Fresh ingredients for Cambodian sour fish soup. Happy Earth Day! Unfortunately, I’m not feeling overjoyed about the state of our planet. For months, I’ve buried my head deep into research on the many injurious things we do to Mother Earth. My plate, of late, includes everything from CAFOs to fracking, fertilizer runoff, flame retardants, E. […]

100 Years of Honoring Women

A hilltribe woman named Ya totes a basket of meat along a dirt road through rural northeastern Cambodia. Today marks a century since International Women’s Day began. The day has roots in labor disputes amid global industrialization, and the fights for women’s rights to work, vote, hold office and pursue dreams without discrimination. How far […]

Wisdom in the Kitchen

Lumpy, bumpy Kaffir limes I’ve been meaning to do this for a very long time: compile a list of culinary tips I’ve accrued through years of shadowing Asia’s cooks—from the hoity-toity kitchen classrooms of luxury resorts, to the dirt-floor huts of mothers who carry on their ancestors’ recipes.  Take a gander at that list, now […]

One in the Kitchen

One set of new chopsticks Jerry left me in Boulder with a tiny kitchen and dishes for one. He shopped at a local culinary fun house (which I’ve yet to explore) and found a pretty set of new chopsticks, Japanese style, with bright red tops and little yellow squiggle designs. But only one pair. Only […]

Santa Fe Date Day

A flower display at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Maybe you’re married or maybe you’re not—but you know about Date Night, right? I’m not talking about the movie (which I haven’t yet seen) but the general concept: couples get caught in the routines and responsibilities of everyday life. They need a little time for themselves. […]