Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing (United States)

This stuffing is buttery and popping with herbs, mixing crunchy celery with soft chewy bread and sweet roasted squash. Since it’s vegetarian (or vegan!), it takes only 30 minutes to throw together. There have never been leftovers with this recipe, much to my dismay. A must-serve for your Thanksgiving table! My favorite holiday of the…

Why I Love Buenos Aires More Each Time (And Why You Will Too)

When I started Marissa Makes Food, I wanted to explore two loves: food and travel, and how they overlap (food from travel, traveling for food). I’ve focused a lot on the food aspect, but I’ve really neglected the travel piece! Starting now, I’m going to focus on at least one travel-related post per month. And…

Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns

Is it a cinnamon roll with an apple pie twist, or an apple pie in a bun? Either way, these baked gooey rolls smothered in a luscious cream cheese icing merge two of my favorite fall foods together for apple spice bliss that is perfect for your next fall brunch or a lazy rainy day…

Homemade Vegetable “Sushi” Bowl

I used to love sushi. From the moment I had my first bite, it was instantly one of my favorite foods. And when I became a vegetarian seven years ago, I found the switch relatively easy because I didn’t miss 99.9% of meat and fish dishes. But I missed sushi very, very much. This homemade…

Savory Paraguayan Pancake (Mbejú)

Fall is officially here. Does the cooler weather have you craving comfort food? Perhaps something cheesy and carby, or a break from all that pumpkin? If you’re in the mood for a new favorite comfort food, mbejú will surely hit the spot. When I packed for two years of Peace Corps Paraguay, I didn’t think…

Recipe Fails

Have you ever failed hard at a recipe? I have. In fact, the truth about cooking (life?) is that we all fail sometimes. You start out with a great recipe idea. Totally confident, you dive in headfirst, only to make something that’s…well, pretty horrible. I believe in celebrating failure. It is only through failure that…

Ethiopian Shiro Wat

Here are the top five reasons I love Ethiopia and find it one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Ethiopia is believed to be the origin of all humanity. Some of the oldest human skeletons and fossils, including the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy, have been discovered there. Ethiopia is also believed to be the…

Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter (Niter Kibbeh)

Last week, I explored the key spices in Ethiopian cooking by making homemade berbere. Today, I’m focusing on another staple: spiced clarified butter, called niter kibbeh. This is easy to make and really gives your food an Ethiopian taste.

DIY Berbere Spice Mix (Ethiopia)

Here’s announcing…Ethiopia month! To celebrate the Ethiopian New Year, I’ll be featuring one of my favorite cuisines for an entire month, making some of my favorite vegetarian dishes and sharing some facts about Ethiopia. If you’re Ethiopian, it’s almost the year 2012. That’s one of the first interesting facts about Ethiopia- they have their own…