Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich)

When I spent three months studying abroad in Argentina, I became addicted to alfajores, which I would best describe as an Argentine cookie. The traditional version is two shortbread-esque buttery cookies with creamy dulce de leche sandwiched in the middle, rolled in coconut flakes. There are other varieties as well, especially those that are dipped…

The Dulce de Leche Cook-off: Part 2 (What Happened?!)

Sometimes great success and great failure come hand in hand. Last week I wrote about Dulce de Leche and tried two methods to make it. This week, we’re going to put all that dulce de leche to use and make alfajores! But first – My Instant Pot arrived this week, so I decided to try…

The Dulce de Leche Cook-off: Part 1

Dulce de leche was one of the first foreign foods that I fell in love with. It is ubiquitous in Argentina, the first foreign country I lived in. Translated to “milk’s candy” in English, it’s used in cookies and candies, as a spread for toast, as a filling for desserts, an accompaniment to fruit, an…

Vegetarian Spicy Stuffed Peppers (Rocoto Relleno)

Let’s talk about Peru. This is going to be tough, because there is so much to say! It remains one of my favorite countries I’ve ever visited: Incan ruins, deserts and canyons, the Amazon rainforest, the highest navigable lake in the world, and thriving cities, to start. And oh yeah, the food. Always the food….

Traditional Chimichurri Sauce

I absolutely cannot write anything without first addressing the events of this week with the horrific death of George Floyd because it lays so, so heavy on my heart. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my experiences of cultures and people around the world through food. Of course, my perspective…

How to Make Tereré

Last week I wrote about the importance of tereré in Paraguayan culture. This week, I want to share how you can make tereré at home! And, if you’re not curious enough about it from last week or you just want to learn more about Paraguay, check out this super fun music parody video which is…

Tereré: Not Just a Beverage, a Philosophy

There’s nothing more Paraguayan than tereré, where drinking this ice-cold caffeinated beverage is a daily ritual. It involves dried leaves from the yerba mate plant, packaged in 1/2 kilo quantities (or more), poured into a cup called a guampa, infused with ice-cold water, and drunk through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The result is…

Paraguayan Hot Chocolate (Mate Dulce)

When I left home for Peace Corps Paraguay, I packed one sweatshirt. Paraguay, I reasoned, was hot and my research showed that even in the coldest times of year it was in the 50s-60s. With limited space and the daunting task of packing for two years of my life, I opted for one and only…