Cooking with the Best

I might be just a little biased when it comes to cooking Arabic food, not because I cook it, but because it’s one of my favorite types of food to eat. I love a smooth, garlicky hummus, fried kibbeh, fresh pita, and the lemony flavors that embody Middle Eastern cuisine. It was one of the first “ethnic” foods I’d ever eaten and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. Needless to say, I wa...
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A Journey to the Congo – Global Grubbing Cooking Class

Is there anything more satisfying than the smell of fresh cut onions and peppers, seasoned meat baking in the oven, and plantains frying on the stove? I don’t believe so, especially when you are surrounded by people who have a love and passion for travel, culture, and food, and a host that is so warm and inviting you just want to linger a little bit longer than you should… ...
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Corned Beef Tacos for St. Patty’s Day

Perhaps Corned Beef and Cabbage isn’t your favorite, but you still want to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit with some delicious Irish food. If so, you definitely need to make these tacos. They are super easy, and even our 2 year old loved them (minus the sauerkraut!). If you love a good Reuben, you’ll love these tacos! Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of the ingredients a...
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Community Food: Thai Green Papaya Salad

Certain songs can you take you to an exact moment in your life. Smells can remind you of a person you loved. And tastes will have you traveling to an exotic journey you’ll always want to remember. That’s exactly how I feel about Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam). Adorned with a Thai theme at a monthly community dinner a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but bring this tasty dish to...
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Global Grubbing: Dining Kamayan Style

Go ahead, wash your hands and dig in! Last night we traveled to the Philippines with our Global Grubbing series. We had amazing food, great conversation, and a unique experience. We ate like local Filipinos in a Kamayan dinner. The word Kamay is the Filipino word for hand, so in a Kamayan style dinner there are no eating utensils, you eat only with your hands! Like I fin...
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The Chinese New Year – Fun Facts About the Cultures, Customs, and Traditions

As an American, I’m often deeply disappointed that our culture doesn’t seem to have the richness of history, customs, and traditions that so many other cultures around the world embrace and celebrate. I found myself seeking out festivals, like the Day of the Dead, holidays, and events celebrated by my fellow global citizens in order to get a taste of some of the magic and b...
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A Night of “Henna and Hummus” with Meet the Middle East

I committed to having more fun and more joy in this New Year. AND, on my wish list of things to do was to learn Henna, an ancient painting tradition done by many regions in Asia and the northern part of Africa. So, I was thrilled to see an event pop up on Facebook called, “Henna and Hummus,” and I signed up to join in the fun. I was excited not only to learn Henna, but also ...
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Keeping Traditions Alive – Finding Community in Our Holiday Rituals

Rituals, Christmas, Traditions, Cultures
In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and shopping, sits the traditions and values that glue our families together during this time of year. Each year as we began the cycle of the holiday season, I am reminded of all the unique traditions celebrated by various people and cultures. As I child, I never fully understood the impact...
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A Little Taste of Ethiopia in My Own Backyard

Ethnic Dining, Global Cuisine
Prior to this week, my only experience of Ethiopian food consisted of spicy lentil soup and injera, both of which I thought to be quite tasty and left me wanting more. Yet, I was intimated by a true “Ethiopian style” dinner, after all, rumor had it, these places make you eat with your hands! I’ve long been curious about the Ethiopian Restaurant that sits along Colfax Avenue....
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A Sweet Tradition for the Fall

I find that the older I get, the more I love having traditions. Traditions are the things that make each season, holiday, or milestone actually feel like something special to me. It's in these traditions that will later adds moments of nostalgia as we look back with those seemingly longing eyes and think, "Where has the time gone?" and reminisce about those remember whens. O...
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