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A Congolese feast
Beans and rice, with African flair
I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
| June 30, 2010
Making Uzbek lamb and rice
Cooking tips: exercise free speech, eat osh, and take a walk
A friend told me I had to cook with her friend, Momen Abdullayof. He’s from Uzbekistan, a country I would have been really lucky to fill in correctly on a geography test.
| May 05, 2010
For richer, for poorer
Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
| April 08, 2010
'Herring in a fur coat'
Tasting a Russian party dish
This time of year I look at myself in the mirror and shrink. My face looks like it belongs on the canning shelf with the beans, asparagus, and cukes.
| March 10, 2010
A painting, a letter, upside-down peppers
It all goes into making Vietnamese papaya salad
"While I wait, I beat the peanuts," says Hop Nguyen, a custom clothes designer in her home kitchen in Yarmouth, Maine. She's teaching me how to make green papaya salad from Bac Ninh province in northern Vietnam. She's waiting for the spaghetti-like strips of unripe papaya and carrot to lose their stiffness as they soak in salt water.
| February 10, 2010
Adventures in pot stickers
Exploring new worlds of flavor
My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
| January 13, 2010
Epic Albanian foodstory
A mother never made it to America, but her chicken pie did.
Portland resident Bill Dilios taught me how to make his favorite dish from Albania, kotopita.
| November 18, 2009
A decade gone by
Where Portland has come since 1999, and why we can't really even imagine what's coming in 2019
This week, we at the Portland Phoenix celebrate 10 years of serving Portland and Maine as your news, arts, and entertainment authority.
| September 16, 2009
In 10 years
From a handful of restaurants to a restaurant town
It wasn't always that Portland was "America's foodiest small town."
| September 16, 2009
Hot exotic adventure tonight!
Shave cabbage, rub pork ribs, peel yuca, and more
Unless you're a vegetarian or fried-pigskin-intolerant, I have an adventure for you. It requires about three hours. It's exotic, but does not require calling the phone numbers on the next few pages. Depending on who you are, it requires little or a lot of bravery. It's called cooking.
| August 26, 2009
A long-ago farm
Exploring the origins of great food
Last week while you were reading here about Portland chef Krista Desjarlais's efforts at Bresca, I was cooking with her mother, Maili Kern, who lives in the West End. She taught me how to make rosolje, an incredible roast beef and root-vegetable salad from Estonia (recipe at immigrantkitchens.blogspot.com ).
| July 29, 2009
Finding a way
Making Nicaraguan gallo pinto
If it weren't for Nicaragua, Jenny Sanchez and her favorite dish, gallo pinto, wouldn't be here. She's a 75-year-old grandmother. She's short, has wavy dark hair, black eyes. She leans over slightly even when she's standing upright and has a stiff, belabored walk. She lives alone in a neighborhood of single-floor apartments.
| July 01, 2009
Spring roll work area
American people under construction
In America, you can make your way through life without cooking. My friend is a Warmer Upper. Her meals are hot dogs and other frozen, jarred, or packaged things you heat up. And yet, she was at my house one afternoon for lessons on how to make fresh spring rolls.
| June 03, 2009
Buns, buns, buns
A Dominican fried treat whomps health-nut-ism
The sunshine yellow trim of the La Bodega Latina, a corner store and deli geared toward Spanish-speaking immigrants, peeks out above the eight-foot-high pile of dirty snow along Congress Street.
| February 11, 2009
Let the alligators come to you
And, Portland, they're on the way
I'll be back next month with recipes, know-how, and cultural background on Dominican bollos de yuca, a fried meat-filled snack that's crispy outside and soft inside.
| January 14, 2009
Transcendence through pasta
The artistry of Fabiana De Savino
I've just added to the list of Things Humans Don't Completely Understand.
| December 17, 2008
The borscht I kissed once...
...in an underground hallway — and rediscovered at home
When I was working at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, two housekeepers who didn't speak English but giggled a lot brought in a pot of their family's borscht for the employee meal. In the dark basement hall where the employees ate, I tasted serious family-secret-cooking.
| November 19, 2008
Making Iranian eggplant stew
I went to the Kismet Inn a couple blocks from the water in downtown Bath to learn how to cook the innkeeper’s Iranian eggplant stew.
| October 23, 2008
If you’re not sweating...
...something’s wrong with you
A sculpture on display at Filament Gallery this summer memorialized one of Jamaica’s great cooks. Her likeness is carved out of wood, sanded and polished with butcher’s wax.
| September 24, 2008
Laymoon is lemon
How a Lebanese woman makes tabouleh
El-taha’s house in Falmouth is populated with an easy Lebanese-American combo-culture.
| August 27, 2008
What to eat in a bikini
Brazilian fried chicken + potato salad + rice
Brazil isn’t all about major wax jobs and itsy-bitsy bikinis.
| July 02, 2008
Otherwise known as Somalian samboosas
Welcome to a tasty morsel of Somalian life.
| June 04, 2008
Heirloom Ukrainian recipes
Written in English for the first time
In a wind-bound seaside cottage rental where she’s been living this year, Sasha Prygoniuk, a 25-year old Ukrainian, has volunteered to teach me (and you) how to “kook,” (as she so charmingly pronounces it).
| May 07, 2008
Teach me your beans
Whatever they may be called
I had assumed the choice of beans — black, pinto, or refried — was a Latin American thing.
| April 09, 2008
Changing your world view
One Pad Thai at a time
Real wealth doesn’t have anything to do with having granite countertops.
| March 12, 2008
From Mangoland to Portland
Venezuelan arepas bring the tropics to Sleetville
It’s a particularly wonderful experience to eat Venezuelan food in the middle of a sleet storm in Maine.
| February 13, 2008
Vibrant and crunchy
Home-cooked Turkish delights
In the shadow of the Maine Mall is a residential street lined with duplexes that all look alike.
| January 16, 2008
Leave it to the Chinese to solve the riddle
If you asked me the secret to Chinese food a couple weeks ago, I might have guessed: MSG?
| December 12, 2007
Antidote to modern life
Bigos, the Old-World comfort stew
Finally, she says, “We have in our genes to eat bigos.” No matter where we’re from, I think we all do.
| November 20, 2007
The taste of love
Thai red curry's secret is in the leaves
That childhood taunt, “Why don’t you marry it!” might actually be worth listening to if the love professed is of a kind of food.
| October 24, 2007
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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