Globally inspired New Year’s Drinks for your every mood


When it comes to New Year's Eve, I'm moody. Some years I want to stay up all night, partying with all the time zones, the whole world over. Some years I am so tired I can't even stay up to watch the ball drop on TV.  More often than not, I'm snoring by 10 p.m. The nice thing about cooking the world is learning that there is most definitely a drink for every mood, no matter what time you drink it - no matter if you're in a crowd or totally (and happily) alone. So, come along, no matter … [Read more...]

Recipe: Stuffed and Fried Potato Wedges (Mbatan Batata)

The New Year is all about possibility, hope, health, and doing things better. That's why I'll be deep frying as the ball drops. But I'm not deep-frying just anything. This isn't the state fair (where everything from butter to kool-aid makes it into the bubbling oil). I'm in the real world. This is a Libyan dish - one that combines the best of everything - delicate potato wedges, stuffed with wonderfully spiced meat loaded up with fresh parsley, crunchy breadcrumbs and a whole lot of yum. … [Read more...]

Menu: Libya


If I can pick food up with my fingers, I will. It just... tastes better. And forget double dipping... everyone needs their own dipping bowls in my house because theirs is not safe with me. I'm a triple dipper. Heck, I'm a quadruple dipper. This week, because holiday entertaining is still going strong, and because I'm in the mood for a good dippable snack, I chose finger foods. I found that Libya has some of the best around and - as you can see by Ava's expression - … [Read more...]

About the food of Libya


I feel like I'm waking from a long walk in a deep fog. I spent this past weekend in a whirlwind of food, family, friends, and... the flu. I reached 101 on Christmas Day, which was just enough of a temperature to send me off napping for the better part of the afternoon. The interesting side effect was that I was ever more appreciative of the time I was awake and able to spend time with family. Now, as we roll back into normal life - cooking Libya - I find myself soothed by the familiar routine … [Read more...]

Global Gingerbread Winners!


I hope you had a happy n' fab weekend with family and friends. Today, let's celebrate the world via gingerbread! Our gracious judges, Jenny Buccos from Project Explorer and Karen Chan from Globetrotter Diaries  were so kind to look over the Gingerbread for Peace entries and came up with 3 exceptional winners. The winners will earn hundreds in prizes, including gifts from AFAR Magazine, La Mer Collection, and donations to charities of choice. I'm so, so, so excited for … [Read more...]

Reusable Grocery Bag 101 (Giveaway)


UPDATE: Thank you all for entering the contest. The lucky winner is Jordan, as chosen by! Please contact me to claim your prize, Jordan! I'll be sure to get more in stock so everyone can purchase some soon. I'm thrilled at the wonderful response and all your fantastic emails. Thank you so much, you lift my spirit and keep me strong on this culinary marathon! I make a lot of trips to the grocery store. Over the years I've tried out many different kinds of reusable grocery bags and … [Read more...]

My very global Christmas menu is… vegan!


Sometimes I have my act together. Like Thanksgiving. I was pretty well organized and knew what I wanted to make way ahead of time. I had a grocery list two weeks before necessary and practically had everything timed out to the minute. Not today. I am still desperately trying to figure out what to make for our big holiday dinner in just a few days. Mom''s been mostly vegan these last couple of years days so I'm thinking we'll have mostly vegan and vegetarian dishes, with one or two other … [Read more...]

A week of global celebrations


We're taking a week to celebrate. To smile and laugh. To throw imaginary snowballs. To sing songs at the top of  lungs, despite the fact that we don't know all the lyrics. To quote Ava: "we wish you, we wish you... we ... wish you...WE WISH YOU!!!" (She's working on memorizing the rest) I'm also going to share some great Global tidbits with you throughout the week. Here's the itinerary: Global holiday menu ideas Sneak peak of our very own Global Table Adventure reusable … [Read more...]