Ava’s French Lunch

French Around the World Lunch

One of my favorite food memories from France was going out for couscous with my guardians. I was a wide-eyed teenager, happy to sit around a fragrant pot of stewed veggies and eat until my stomach ballooned. My favorite part was how the broth saturated the couscous, forming an unctuous gravy. The strong North African influence not only made its way into the restaurants  of Paris, but also into the home cooking - as I soon learned, couscous also makes a great base for ratatouille. Today I've … [Read more...]

Ava’s Nordic Lunch

Nordic Around the World Lunch

Ah, winter. This week I took inspiration from the chill in the air and went Nordic with Ava's Around the World Lunch (Nordic simply means the cultural part of Northern Europe that includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordic menu is quite simple and can be assembled in about five minutes. For Ava's main meal, I went Danish: A few slices of dark rye bread smeared with a bit of butter are topped with a translucent slice of smoked salmon. Two smaller slices of … [Read more...]

Maltese Bone Cookies with Marzipan Marrow

Maltese November Bone Cookies Recipe

This month we're celebrating the most anatomically correct cookie there ever was - one whose astounding details should make it a favorite with medical students everywhere, and one who would be well placed at every white coat graduation buffet. The origins of this beautiful cookie are far humbler than you might think - November Bones hail from the small island nation of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. Why November Bones? Forget dress up and trick-or-treating; most people in the island … [Read more...]

Around the world with Apples ~ Celebrating the first day of Autumn

Around the world in apples

When the air bites. When my cheeks turn pink. These moments sing autumn. But now that I live in Oklahoma the first day of fall - September 23 - is almost always balmy. Sometimes it's actually hot. Which means Ava can do this: The only surefire way I know it's autumn is to watch the apples. There's nothing like the crisp taste of a freshly plucked apple enjoyed while still standing in the orchard. The fruit is almost chalky on the tongue, the skin tight, the flesh … [Read more...]

Celebrate Labor Day with 40 Cold Drinks from around the world

40 DRINKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  Hi friends! When someone asks how you are doing, do you reply "Oh, SO busy"? I recently read that being 'busy' is the new norm. Turns out that's how many people are measuring their self worth and even asserting their status as an "important" person. Ugg. This makes labor day an even more important holiday in my book.  A time to slow down, enjoy the bounty the world has to offer, and just... be... with your family and friends. I've compiled 40 cold drinks from your global … [Read more...]

Chill out with 7 cold soups from around the world

Cold soup recipes from around the world.

A few things have changed since the early days of this blog (namely the photography), but one thing is certain: I love a good, chilled soup in the summer. Here are seven awesome cold soup recipes from around the world that aren't gazpacho - because, my goodness, there are other cold soups besides gazpacho! So, without further ado, summer's almost over - let's skip the heat and chill out. 1. Mul Naengmyeon | Korea [Recipe] This Korean recipe is the most recent addition to our collection … [Read more...]

Entertaining the Italian way with homemade Balsamic Figs + $50 GIVEAWAY

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A daydream worth dreaming Cobblestone alleys flanked by weathered walls. Hilltop churches. Sunlight warm on fig trees and grapevines.  This is the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Deep in the cellars there's Parmesan, balsamic, and prosciutto aging. They slumber in the dim recesses, the nuttiness and salt growing bolder, rounder. Waiting for the perfect moment to shine. Waiting to become the perfect bite. And by perfect I don't mean fancy. I mean perfectly un-fussed. The Art … [Read more...]

22 Campfire & Scandinavian Recipes to celebrate Midsummer’s Night

Swedish girl wearing a Midsummer crown. Photo by Bengt Nyman.

Midsummer's Eve - the longest day of the year - is celebrated in dozens of countries with huge bonfires, maypole dancing, and glorious food. In Scandinavia, the sun never fully sets. But even if night falls where you live, you can still celebrate. To get into the spirit, simply drop out of big city chaos and into nature. This is a time to make flower crowns, swim in clear streams, sing hymns, and laugh more than is wise. Some say Midsummer is also a time for love. After long, … [Read more...]