The Jungle Cooks – Nilgiri Mountains, India

You know the moment – the moment when pleasantries have been exchanged and the conversation wanes.  The obvious commonalities that often lead to deeper conversation don’t exist – parenting, work, etc.  There must be something we can talk about, common interests, passions. “Do you cook?”  In the United States this is a loaded questions and can almost… Read More The Jungle Cooks – Nilgiri Mountains, India

World Cup ready dessert OR Dessert fit for Berlin

It’s the little things that trigger happy memories – memories of family togetherness during travels or times living abroad (or in another state).  Little things like dessert.  World Market does it to me every time.  For a minuscule obligatory donation, I return home with an edible item that will trigger smiles, laughter and stories of… Read More World Cup ready dessert OR Dessert fit for Berlin

You’ve been invited to a Chinese New Year celebration. Now what?

Just a few days ago if you told me Chinese New Year was quickly approaching, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.  We haven’t been to China or been exposed to Chinese culture in great depth (though not for lack of desire).  I particularly didn’t understand the significance of this holiday in Chinese culture;… Read More You’ve been invited to a Chinese New Year celebration. Now what?

Brussels Sprouts? Who serves THOSE to guests?

A newly married couple in Germany, recently arrived from California, invited us over for dinner.  I knew these people, our new friends, appreciated quality food.  I was really looking forward to sharing their table.  Then she announced she would be serving Brussels sprouts.  Brussels sprouts?  Really?  Who eats Brussels sprouts, much less serves them to… Read More Brussels Sprouts? Who serves THOSE to guests?

On Food

God could have created iceberg lettuce and called it good.  Instead he created romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, field greens, mustard greens and spinach – and called it all good.  God is the creative mastermind behind all culinary masterpieces.  He created the ingredients – the oils, spices, nuts, meats, fruits and vegetables –… Read More On Food