Recipe: Chocolate & Coconut Rice Pudding with Sweet Orange Peel | Koko Rice

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I used to say I wasn't a chocolate girl but, as the year's go by, I'm realizing that it's really more about finding the right time to eat chocolate. After dinner? Certainly. At 3pm? I'm game. For lunch? Maybe. Midnight? Definitely. 3 am? No way. I'm sleeping for goodness sakes. But breakfast? Am I game for a chocolate breakfast? Let's just say it's an arrangement I'm willing to get out of bed for and I know of at least two other people who are as well. After all, who couldn't use … [Read more...]

Recipe: Samoan Coconut Creamed “Spinach” | Palusami

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Oh, boy. I honestly never thought this would happen. Me. Canned meat. Together at the table. At the Global Table. When I decided to cook a meal for every country in the world, I had visions of exotic spices laced throughout grand feasts of epic proportions. I imagined a variety of fresh herbs, carefully plucked from a garden somewhere. Canned corned beef, never really popped up in these daydreams. But, when Soraya the Samoan suggested I try Palusami, I quickly learned the time … [Read more...]

Menu: Samoa (Plus Giveaway)

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"E tuai tuai, ta te maʻona ai." This Samoan proverb states that food which takes a long time in the oven will be satisfying. It's the equivalent of "good things come to those who wait." You see, much of Samoan dinners were traditionally cooked in underground ovens made with hot stones and covered with dirt and leaves. My mom said that was just about all there was in the late 70's. Today, electricity takes much of the guesswork out of when dinner will be done but there's still satisfaction in … [Read more...]

Gifts for the Stovetop Traveler

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Hi, friends. This year I've put together a lip-smacking collection of gifts with the stovetop traveler in mind. You'll find everything from kids chopsticks to a boozy liquor cabinet of global proportions. All of it will help you eat the world better than ever. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! xo P.S. Be sure to FOLLOW THIS LINK to see if you won any item on this list in the first giveaway... and follow THIS link to enter our second giveaway! 1. Cookie cutter shaped like the world (I hope … [Read more...]

About the food of samoa

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Mom was the ultimate "drop everything and go" traveler at a time when not many people, let alone pregnant women, did that sort of thing. She was in Samoa in 1979 - just months before I was born. P.S. In case that wasn't tough enough for ya, she also had a (very energetic) toddler in tow - my brother Damien. Amaz. ing. I know, I know, I know. You're thinking things have changed since then - and to some extent they have (although much is still the same, like the fact that this tiny … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

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This week we brought our Global Table to Keith's parents' house in southwest Oklahoma, where we ate with his mom, his aunt, and his uncle. His childhood home sits under the glinting autumn sun, surrounded by dusty golden grasses and emerald green wheat. There's a half mile (or more) in all directions between the house and any other structure, at least that's the way it seems to me. At night the stars act as streetlights. It's quite the retreat. Keith's mom was able to use some of her family … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Pumpkin & Coconut Cream Bisque

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I know three things for sure: this Caribbean soup cannot wipe out old college debt, or go gift shopping for us... or even stop that dog from barking a few houses over (unless that particular dog likes soup?). That being said, I have personal proof that this soup can help you bring love into the kitchen and give your family just a little escape from the ordinary.As you whip it up, the house will fill with the scent of pumpkin, ginger and coconut cream - that's when it'll start. Your family will … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Black Cake

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Sometimes I think the holidays would go a lot smoother if everyone was handed a shot of rum and a slice of cake. How could conversation not go smoothly after that? Turns out, that's what they do in the Caribbean... with great success. Black cake is a cousin to the British Plum Pudding and is made with an expensive array of dried fruits, like cherries, raisins, and prunes and topped off with a bit of nutty crunch (almonds for me). Before baking  - sometimes for months - the fruit soaks … [Read more...]