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A wing-lover’s fantasy

Even better — it’s a drumstick
I left Sudha Chalichamu and Venu Chaganti's house in Scarborough carrying a glass Pyrex bowl filled with marinating tandoori chicken drumsticks.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 17, 2012


The Dominican flag is beautiful and delicious!

A great Columbian discovery
In August, Angel Ferreras, 39, did what any Dominican would do.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 19, 2012


The secret to ratatouille without the mush

A French classic, done properly
My houseguest, a sixteen-year-old French brunette, pointed at the French toast we were serving for breakfast. "What is it?" she asked.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 22, 2012


After the burritos and tacos, try chilaquiles

tasting a Mexican staple
Even though my Mexican cooking teacher, Azminda Cansino, knows my name is Lindsay, the text I got from her was: "Nena, what is the plan?"
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 02, 2012


Pave Paradise ...

and put up a Greek food festival
Why do we even use parking lots for cars? A food festival is a much better use of the space, don't you think?
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 27, 2012


We see fish cakes in your future

A surprising prediction
We love our fish cakes in Maine. They're usually a mixture of breadcrumbs, egg, seafood, and parsley, formed into cylinders and deep-fried.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 30, 2012


A Southern fave, brought north via Africa

Hallelujah! Praise collards!
My road to collard green enlightenment opened up, of all places, at the checkout at T.J. Maxx.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 02, 2012


Forget burritos — try this chicken soup

East Mex
Well into her 30s with two kids and a husband, Azminda was still being ribbed by her father for being a bad cook.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 04, 2012


Maine Azeris remember a massacre

A commemorative feast
Maine Azeris remember a massacre
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 07, 2012


Learning to make a Bosnian Serb’s meat pie

From cleaning to cooking
Finding a cooking lesson with an immigrant is like love. It comes when I least expect it.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 08, 2012


Pelmeni are a quick, easy, warm, filling Russian staple

Something other than chili
My friend's family only eats meat that he hunts: duck, venison, and moose.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 11, 2012


Stuffed loins for Christmas?

Maybe you should host the family feast
Before my Nicaraguan cooking lesson with Jenny Sanchez, I wanted to quit Christmas.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  December 14, 2011


Facing down Grim

The very flavor of warmth graces the Nguyens' beef stew
We are now entering the eight-month-long conglomerate season I like to call Grim.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 16, 2011


The next great finger food

For after trampoline-ing, or really anytime
Dolmas are incredibly delicious edible packets of spiced rice and/or meat that are packable, portable, and extremely healthy.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 19, 2011


Tasting Iraqi hospitality in Westbrook

A feast for a guest
At Mona's house in Westbrook, when a guest comes to visit, this is what she makes: a platter of yellow rice topped with golden bone-in chicken pieces, tomato-and chili-flake soup, a platter of beef dolmas, flatbread, pickled vegetables, fresh salad, watermelon, and a lemon-yogurt drink.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 21, 2011


The story behind a South Portland Cambodian curry

A hard-won meal
Before you make Makara Meng's Cambodian curry soup, you need to know how it got to these pages.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 24, 2011


Shamayel seeks a little lamb

And finds it not far from Portland at all
Twenty-one years ago Shamayel Kargar and her husband had a hankering for good lamb.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 27, 2011


Peanuts are white, folks

And they got here by traveling the world
I'm into peanuts these days for a handful of reasons. I recently learned how to cook an awesome peanut soup from Ghana.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 29, 2011


Mastering a Latin classic

Learning a basic, but complex, Panamanian dish
As I was picking my daughter up from school, my ears perked up to a woman telling a child it was time to go.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 01, 2011


So you think you can foufou?

Learning to cook, and eat, an African staple
African foufou is not something you learn once and get. I've had three different teachers, Kenyan, Congolese, and Ghanaian, and I can "do" it, but I still look like one those unbelievably bad dancers on So You Think You Can Dance?
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 04, 2011


Enjoying the fruits of a Sudanese farm in Maine

Cooking standing up
I'm heading into a public-housing duplex. It's two stories: red bricks on the bottom and cream vinyl siding on top.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 06, 2011

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