About the food of Peru

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The dream was born in seventh grade geography class; I had to feel the sunrise in  Machu Picchu. One photo of that misty, lush mountain topped with ancient Inca ruins was all I needed. I was in love. Sure, there were snow capped mountains, modern cities, sashaying rivers, and lush, green jungles to explore... but I wanted to teleport straight into the incredible mountain city that'd been mysteriously abandoned so many years ago. All these years later and I still haven't reached … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Paraguay

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"Here at last," I think, as we pull up to our cabin at Beaver's Bend State Park. I gaze up at the tall, skinny trees and then down to the sturdy stilts which keep the cabin from falling into the river below. They are the same circumference. A familiar smile curls my lips and I look back at Ava. She's staring out the window in awe. Here is our little house on the water. A space to listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and watch the seasons change. For four days, at least, until the next family … [Read more...]

Recipe: Paraguayan Cheesy Cornbread | Sopa Paraguaya

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Rumor has it, no meal is complete in Paraguay without a slice of warm, cheesy cornbread. While sopa means soup in Spanish, this is definitely bread and... traditionally, all mixed up with a happy bundle of homemade cheese. One of our readers - Emily - says everyone in Paraguay makes their own cheese so that this would be no big deal to a local. I read up on the origins of this bread... there are two main versions. In the first version, Don Carlos ( President of Paraguay from 1842-62) … [Read more...]

Recipe: Barbecued Meat | Carne Asada (w/ poll)

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Last chances only come once. Last chance to tell that boy you like him. Last chance to wear hypercolor. Last chance to wear a micro-mini. Because, guess what? The 90's are over, and they're not coming back. (not that I'm bitter) (well, maybe about the mini skirt thing). Take a look outside. This might be your last chance to fire up the grill in 2012. Come December, when the Mayan's pop in to say hello, you might wish you took the opportunity. Especially when it comes with so … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dulce de Leche Stuffed Cookies | Alfajores

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Sometimes we need a do over. A chance to get it right. And a little forgiveness. Because in every mishap is a silver lining. Especially when it comes to sweet, crumbly dulce de leche filled alfajores - the popular South American cookie. One bite instantly dissolves on the tongue into a cloud of tender lemon zest deliciousness. Divine. But back to forgiveness. Specifically, I need to forgive my sweet, bumbling husband for being so thoughtful as to fill up the cooler with ice for our 3 … [Read more...]

Menu: Paraguay (& Giveaway)

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Let's talk enlightenment. When it comes to packing up the family, driving deep into the woods, and taking a little time to "get away from it all," there's still good reason to set a Global Table. In fact, when there's nothing but you, trees, and a few muffin tins worth of family members, it's the perfect time to try out something new. That's what we did this week, when we ate Paraguay ... in Beaver's Bend State Park (way, way Southeast Oklahoma). There aren't as many distractions when you're … [Read more...]

About the food of Paraguay

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Paraguay (pronounced parag-why) is the first landlocked country we've cooked in a long, long while. To celebrate, we're going to hang out in a local swamp. Appropriately dubbed "The Great Swamp," this wet expanse stretches through Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia, and is home to more than 10,000 species of birds, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates, according to Environmental Graffiti. It's gigantic. P.S. The Great Swamp is considered by Environmental Graffiti to be one of the top ten swamps … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Guyana

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THE SCENE From across the store I could see them - orange habaneros, piled high, glowing like the summer sun. They were small and tender in appearance but, I knew all too well, scary hot on the inside.  Like a crab, I sidestepped across the room, handling several cases of produce before I made my way to the peppers. "Ouch," I thought, thinking of the meal to come. "This is gonna hurt." I scooped up three small beauties, reasoning that if they can eat six in Guyana, surely I can stretch … [Read more...]