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Cooking

Frybread

A few writers who have participated in my monthly spoken word and storytelling show, The Austin Writers Roulette, have written about frybread. Many different cultures around the world have their staple breads, but I’ve never tried any Native American bread before. Now that I’ve cooked up ethnic dishes for the past couple of weeks, I’ve … Continue reading »

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Liberian Rice Bread

As I read Madame President about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf becoming both Liberia’s and Africa’s first female president, I felt humbled, angry and intrigued. Humbled by all the creature comforts I’ve been born into and yet have the nerve to complain about the challenges I’ve faced, which pale in comparison to what Liberian woman have had to face. … Continue reading »

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It’s All about the Butter

“Life teaches you how to live it if you live long enough.” –Tony Bennett I’ve lived and traveled around the world as an international math and science teacher for 11 years, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania straight out of college since I didn’t want to get a real job, then as an … Continue reading »

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Pill Making

Once I finally tired of putting turmeric in every smoothie to help remedy joint inflammation, I ordered a 1000 empty gel capsules to fill with the spice. I’m not quite sure why this size was considered “0,” but I was happy they weren’t “horse pill” sized.  I’m not used to referring to nonelectrical devices as … Continue reading »

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Ham & Cheese Casserole

Lots of people fret about what to do about all those Thanksgiving leftovers.  Talk about your first-world problems!  Not me. Ever since I went through a strange time last year, where I obsessed about food since my grocery budget was $30/wk, I’m joyous every day I have food in the house. I was gifted a … Continue reading »

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Mom’s Potato Salad

I signed up to bring potato salad for a cooking meetup group. I was weary about this particular dish since it was based on my mother’s recipe. My mother is a wonderful cook, which is somewhat of a disadvantage for me. In the past, I’d tried to get recipes out of her. The most successful had … Continue reading »

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Wine & Tapas

This month’s cooking theme for a meetup I’m a member of was the first of many I’d brainstormed in the middle of bikram yoga class. After nearly two years of cooking different ethnic foods, I thought it was high time we branched out a little more. Technically, “tapas” is a Spanish tradition, but we didn’t confine … Continue reading »

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Ramen Noodles 2.0

Rediscovering that inexpensive college favorite, ramen noodles, has been an amazing culinary journey. I started quite innocently  sautéing garlic, red chilies and red onion in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Then I scooted them to the side, cracked an egg and scrambled it quickly with a wooden spoon until it was beautifully fluffy. Next I doused … Continue reading »

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