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…

Raspberry Butter Mochi (and Cake Scaling 101!)

Have you ever had butter mochi? I went the first 30 years of my life without it, sadly, until my first visit to Hawaii. It was a warm Pacific morning and we were driving down the highway when suddenly my boyfriend spotted a roadside mochi stand on the other side of the road. Screeching to…

Cornucopia Americana Salad Bowl

TWENTY. This is my twentieth post of this blog!! When I started late last year with the humble resolution to write at least twice per month, I couldn’t have imagined how much I would enjoy this project. Not only am I floored that I want to write more than expected, but there are actually those…

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…