Sweet Fried Plantains (Plátanos Maduros)

Have you ever had sweet fried plantains? The first time I had plátanos maduros was when I moved to Costa Rica where they became daily staple at the breakfast table, served alongside a heaping portion of gallo pinto and some instant coffee. They quickly became my favorite – sweet, slightly mushy, with a slight crisp…

One-Pot Vegan Zuppa Tuscana

If you’ve ever been to the Olive Garden, you know Zuppa Toscana soup: spicy Italian sausage, kale, and potato stewed together in a hearty broth. When I was growing up, The Olive Garden was my favorite restaurant. No lie, I loved it. And my favorite part was never the main courses, but their Zuppa Toscana…

Pumpkin Pie Mochi Bites

I have fallen in love with butter mochi. It’s a Hawaiian dessert that uses glutinous rice flour (the flour made from sticky rice) to create a dessert that’s crispy on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle. I love it so much that this isn’t my first mochi post – I made Raspberry…

Why You Should Add Uganda to Your Bucket List

When I told most of my family and friends that I was going to Uganda for a summer, most of them responded…Where’s that again? Most Americans can’t place Uganda on a map, but that’s a mistake and it’s time to change that. Based on my time there, the quality of the ginger beer, and the…

How to Support Black-Owned Food Businesses

It’s no secret in the United States that small businesses are struggling to stay open during the pandemic, and so where we spend our money matters more than ever. At the same time, we’ve also seen a growing social movement to end the systemic racism and police brutality experienced by Black people in this country….

Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Misir Wat)

At this time last year, I announced an entire month dedicated to Ethiopian cooking in celebration of Ethiopian New Year. We made homemade berbere spice (a blend essential to Ethiopian cooking), niter kibbeh (Ethiopian-style clarified butter), shiro wat (chickpea stew), and attempted injera, a fermented flatbread (maybe someday I’ll get it right…) And in an…

Sichuan Chili Oil Fried Rice

I remember the first time I tasted Sichuan cooking. It was at a now-closed restaurant in NYC and a Chinese friend had brought me there because the food was authentic and affordable. I enthusiastically ordered the Mapo Tofu (side note: I thought this tofu dish was vegetarian, but it’s not, whoops) After a few delectable…

Camping in the Forest: A Tentrr Experience

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been scraping the bottom of the bucket lately on “things to do in the age of coronavirus”. I want to be safe, first and foremost, but I also want to enjoy summer, see my loved ones, and get out of the house a bit. So when a friend…

Kir (And More About Blackcurrant)

Last year, I visited Cassis Monna & Filles, a wine cellar and gourmet foods boutique. Located on the Île d’Orleans, an agriculture island right outside of Quebec City, they make an incredible assortment of products made from blackcurrant/cassis including wines, liqueurs, jams, syrup, vinaigrette…if you can make it out of cassis, they probably sell it…

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. I can’t completely explain why. Is there such a thing as writer’s block, but for cooks? Is it imposter syndrome? Perhaps it’s because of the oppressive July heat in NYC, making me hesitate every time I even think about turning on the stove. Or maybe it’s the ceiling…