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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 30, 2010
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 05, 2010
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For richer, for poorer

Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 08, 2010
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'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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 10, 2010
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 10, 2010
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Adventures in pot stickers

Exploring new worlds of flavor
My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 13, 2010
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 18, 2009
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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.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 16, 2009
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In 10 years

From a handful of restaurants to a restaurant town
It wasn't always that Portland was "America's foodiest small town."
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 16, 2009
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 26, 2009
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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 ).
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 29, 2009
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 01, 2009
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 03, 2009
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 11, 2009
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 14, 2009
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Transcendence through pasta

The artistry of Fabiana De Savino
I've just added to the list of Things Humans Don't Completely Understand.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  December 17, 2008
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 19, 2008
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Persian pleasantries

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.  
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 23, 2008
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 24, 2008
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Laymoon is lemon

How a Lebanese woman makes tabouleh
El-taha’s house in Falmouth is populated with an easy Lebanese-American combo-culture.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 27, 2008
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What to eat in a bikini

Brazilian fried chicken + potato salad + rice
Brazil isn’t all about major wax jobs and itsy-bitsy bikinis.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 02, 2008
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Origami appetizers

Otherwise known as Somalian samboosas
Welcome to a tasty morsel of Somalian life.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2008
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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).
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  May 07, 2008
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 09, 2008
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Changing your world view

One Pad Thai at a time
Real wealth doesn’t have anything to do with having granite countertops.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 12, 2008
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 13, 2008
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 16, 2008
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Curing boredom

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?
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  December 12, 2007
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 20, 2007
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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.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 24, 2007

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