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'The most alive salmon'
Exploring Swedish cuisine in America
"But you can't get fresh fish anywhere in Portland on Monday," the Swede said. We were having a scheduling conflict.
| November 16, 2010
Seven centuries of hot sauce at Korea House
Here's to longevity!
Two weeks ago if someone had asked to play word association, starting with the word "Korea," I would have said: "Nuclear bomb." Now, you say Korea and I say: amazing spicy fish dish with seaweed salad and secret hot sauce . Much better!
| October 20, 2010
Cooking classes taught by refugees give the real scoop
Sumac and citric acid
The kitchen of St. Pius X Church at the north corner of Payson Park was particularly steamy on the muggy, unusually hot night of October 1.
| October 07, 2010
Prepping for a Congolese cooking class
In my car are a 62-year-old mother from Congo, her 27-year-old daughter, and their 18-year-old friend from Rwanda.
| September 22, 2010
Giggling through life
And making spring rolls with love
When you chomp into Suu Le Martin's crispy, hot, handheld treats, you understand she took sheer human love, wrapped it in courage, and glued it all together with a scramble of prayers.
| December 08, 2010
Revelations at Asmara
Eritrean ingera with spicy chicken
I've always wanted to learn how to cook ingera, a spongy crepe served at Asmara, an (well, the ) Eritrean restaurant in Portland, with gorgeous piles of creamy orange lentils, cabbage and potatoes, kale, and spicy chicken.
| July 28, 2010
A Congolese feast
Beans and rice, with African flair
I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
| June 30, 2010
Live to be 106
The Nicaraguan secret: tortas de espinaca
Jenny Sanchez learned many of her magical dishes, including chancho frito and gallo pinto (previously featured here), from a family helper when she was a young girl.
| June 02, 2010
Making Uzbek lamb and rice
Cooking tips: exercise free speech, eat osh, and take a walk
A friend told me I had to cook with her friend, Momen Abdullayof. He’s from Uzbekistan, a country I would have been really lucky to fill in correctly on a geography test.
| May 05, 2010
For richer, for poorer
Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
| April 08, 2010
'Herring in a fur coat'
Tasting a Russian party dish
This time of year I look at myself in the mirror and shrink. My face looks like it belongs on the canning shelf with the beans, asparagus, and cukes.
| March 10, 2010
A painting, a letter, upside-down peppers
It all goes into making Vietnamese papaya salad
"While I wait, I beat the peanuts," says Hop Nguyen, a custom clothes designer in her home kitchen in Yarmouth, Maine. She's teaching me how to make green papaya salad from Bac Ninh province in northern Vietnam. She's waiting for the spaghetti-like strips of unripe papaya and carrot to lose their stiffness as they soak in salt water.
| February 10, 2010
Adventures in pot stickers
Exploring new worlds of flavor
My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
| January 13, 2010
A year-abroad-romance gets really good
The bus had been bumping over potholes through the night in the Andes mountains of Bolivia.
| December 16, 2009
Epic Albanian foodstory
A mother never made it to America, but her chicken pie did.
Portland resident Bill Dilios taught me how to make his favorite dish from Albania, kotopita.
| November 18, 2009
Bulgarian bean soup and spanakopita to the rescue
Last Friday evening, it was like a geyser of anger exploded through the floorboards of my house.
| October 21, 2009
The queen of Cambodian cooking
Her friends call her 'So Peep'
Makara Meng, co-owner of Mittapheap World Market, welcomed me to her relative's suburban house in South Portland for an authentic Cambodian dinner.
| September 23, 2009
In 10 years
From a handful of restaurants to a restaurant town
It wasn't always that Portland was "America's foodiest small town."
| September 16, 2009
Hot exotic adventure tonight!
Shave cabbage, rub pork ribs, peel yuca, and more
Unless you're a vegetarian or fried-pigskin-intolerant, I have an adventure for you. It requires about three hours. It's exotic, but does not require calling the phone numbers on the next few pages. Depending on who you are, it requires little or a lot of bravery. It's called cooking.
| August 26, 2009
A long-ago farm
Exploring the origins of great food
Last week while you were reading here about Portland chef Krista Desjarlais's efforts at Bresca, I was cooking with her mother, Maili Kern, who lives in the West End. She taught me how to make rosolje, an incredible roast beef and root-vegetable salad from Estonia (recipe at immigrantkitchens.blogspot.com ).
| July 29, 2009
Finding a way
Making Nicaraguan gallo pinto
If it weren't for Nicaragua, Jenny Sanchez and her favorite dish, gallo pinto, wouldn't be here. She's a 75-year-old grandmother. She's short, has wavy dark hair, black eyes. She leans over slightly even when she's standing upright and has a stiff, belabored walk. She lives alone in a neighborhood of single-floor apartments.
| July 01, 2009
The Current Issue
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| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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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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