Why You Should Pop Your Own Popcorn (And How to Do It)

When I was growing up, popcorn was something you either had at the movie theater where it was scooped out of a large popcorn machine, or came in a butter-drenched bag that you threw in the microwave and watched carefully to avoid burning. I had heard of hot-air popcorn poppers, but didn’t own one. That…

Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

I’m a bit upset. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but this being 2020 and all, we have to deal with COVID. The rates are the worst they’ve ever been in the United States (though gratefully New York City has remained low in terms of infections compared to the rest of the country)….

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…

Corn Bean Tomato Salsa

It’s finally May. The weather is warming, which usually brings with it a sense of anticipation for summer. This year, that feeling is certainly muted by the uncertainty of the future with the coronavirus. But still, folks are cautiously venturing outside and there’s a feeling of, dare I say, hope? With the weather warming, I’m…

Spicy Bean Party Sliders

Looking for shareable vegetarian or vegan recipes for your Super Bowl party? Impress meat eaters and vegetarians alike with these no-stress spicy bean party sliders! Perfect for any gathering, but especially great for ones that involves football, funny commercials (we hope), and bar snacks. Let’s be honest…veggie burgers have had a bad rap. In my…

Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing

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…

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…

Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta

Do you have a recipe that you’ve been making for so long that you don’t even know where it came from, or when you started making it? Have you ever pulled a recipe out of the archives to find that it was so utterly delicious that you couldn’t believe you ever stopped making it? That’s…

Thai Spring Rolls

In my blogging journey, one of the hardest parts of the process is recipe testing and development. I find it challenging to go from idea to full-blown recipe, especially because I’m committed to sharing recipes that I’m really proud of and ready to put my stamp of approval on. Simply put, if it doesn’t measure…

Chipa (Paraguayan Cheese Bread)

If there’s one food that defines my two years in Paraguay, it’s chipa. A bagel-shaped bread, chipa is a savory, dense snack food that tastes unique to the American palette. That’s probably because its main ingredients, which include the local staples of cassava flour and Paraguayan cheese, aren’t part of the American diet. The word…