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The borscht I kissed once...
...in an underground hallway — and rediscovered at home
When I was working at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, two housekeepers who didn't speak English but giggled a lot brought in a pot of their family's borscht for the employee meal. In the dark basement hall where the employees ate, I tasted serious family-secret-cooking.
| November 19, 2008
Making Iranian eggplant stew
I went to the Kismet Inn a couple blocks from the water in downtown Bath to learn how to cook the innkeeper’s Iranian eggplant stew.
| October 23, 2008
If you’re not sweating...
...something’s wrong with you
A sculpture on display at Filament Gallery this summer memorialized one of Jamaica’s great cooks. Her likeness is carved out of wood, sanded and polished with butcher’s wax.
| September 24, 2008
Laymoon is lemon
How a Lebanese woman makes tabouleh
El-taha’s house in Falmouth is populated with an easy Lebanese-American combo-culture.
| August 27, 2008
There's more to goats than cheese at Hamdi
Margaret Hathaway, a true goat expert who traveled the US on a quest for the perfect goat cheese and wrote a book called The Year of the Goat, informs me that goat is the next hottest meat.
| July 30, 2008
What to eat in a bikini
Brazilian fried chicken + potato salad + rice
Brazil isn’t all about major wax jobs and itsy-bitsy bikinis.
| July 02, 2008
Otherwise known as Somalian samboosas
Welcome to a tasty morsel of Somalian life.
| June 04, 2008
Heirloom Ukrainian recipes
Written in English for the first time
In a wind-bound seaside cottage rental where she’s been living this year, Sasha Prygoniuk, a 25-year old Ukrainian, has volunteered to teach me (and you) how to “kook,” (as she so charmingly pronounces it).
| May 07, 2008
Teach me your beans
Whatever they may be called
I had assumed the choice of beans — black, pinto, or refried — was a Latin American thing.
| April 09, 2008
Changing your world view
One Pad Thai at a time
Real wealth doesn’t have anything to do with having granite countertops.
| March 12, 2008
From Mangoland to Portland
Venezuelan arepas bring the tropics to Sleetville
It’s a particularly wonderful experience to eat Venezuelan food in the middle of a sleet storm in Maine.
| February 13, 2008
Vibrant and crunchy
Home-cooked Turkish delights
In the shadow of the Maine Mall is a residential street lined with duplexes that all look alike.
| January 16, 2008
Leave it to the Chinese to solve the riddle
If you asked me the secret to Chinese food a couple weeks ago, I might have guessed: MSG?
| December 12, 2007
Antidote to modern life
Bigos, the Old-World comfort stew
Finally, she says, “We have in our genes to eat bigos.” No matter where we’re from, I think we all do.
| November 20, 2007
The taste of love
Thai red curry's secret is in the leaves
That childhood taunt, “Why don’t you marry it!” might actually be worth listening to if the love professed is of a kind of food.
| October 24, 2007
Pigging out, chef-style
How to make the best pork in the world
First off, it helps to be Salvatore Talarico, the executive chef of Aurora Provisions.
| September 26, 2007
A glimpse into the mystery of Indian food
For those who have tried to cook Indian food at home and found it nothing like good Indian-restaurant food, walk with me past the window painting of a man riding an elephant.
| September 19, 2007
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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