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

The boring meerkat, ubiquitous squirrel and chocolate acorn

Squirrels are America’s meerkat.  The locals don’t bat an eye at them, but the visitor finds them fascinating.  While living in East Africa, meerkats were boring.  Meerkats, meerkats, more meerkats.  At the American zoo, they draw crowds.  I haven’t seen North American squirrels in a zoo in Africa (embarrassing disclaimer: I haven’t been to a… Read More The boring meerkat, ubiquitous squirrel and chocolate acorn

American Road Trip (Part II): Coffee in the shadow of the Little Bighorn Battlefield

On some days of this trip our goal is to cover miles, not stop at every point of interest.  We do have to get to our final destination this summer. . . But we couldn’t pass up the National Historic Landmark at the Little Bighorn Battlefield.  Americans are taught about the historic events that took place among… Read More American Road Trip (Part II): Coffee in the shadow of the Little Bighorn Battlefield