One-year Celebration Giveaway


Dear readers, As we lead up to the blog's one-year anniversary, I want to celebrate you. Although we've never met, here are the things I imagine about you: You like to cook. Perhaps you like to bake. You dream of traveling the world, seeing new places, new faces. Cute babies make you smile. Am I right? Some of you have been here since the beginning, watching the site evolve through each great success and epic failure. Some of you just joined the fun, jumping in with enthusiasm. I … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Houses from Around the World!


Power tools, fireplaces, and an entire town made of "gingerbread" - today is all about gingerbread. First up, the winning entry to our Global Gingerbread Contest: Here's the story behind her house: As a recent graduate with a degree in European History and a concentration in Slavonic/East European Studies, I really wanted my "international/foreign" house to reflect that region. While I originally hoped to incorporate some designs common to Psyanki or Wycinanki (aka, ornately dyed easter … [Read more...]

Interview: Clifford A. Wright


Right out of college I bought a cookbook with a really, really long name. Today the spine is cracked from years of use and comfy-chair reading. I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is "read" cookbooks - especially ones filled with good stories. The much cherished book even won the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year award and the James Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food in 2000. It is called... A Mediterranean Feast: The Story of the Birth of the … [Read more...]

2010 Global Gingerbread Contest

I'm a sucker for the holidays. I wish I could live in a gingerbread house. One weekend a year I *almost* live out my dream... our dining room table spills over with candy, cookies, and frosting. I love the creativity. The fun. The family bonding. Being covered in sugar. This year I'd love it if you would join us... virtually. I'd even like to give away a nifty prize to the best gingerbread house. Are you game? Here's how the contest will work: Make a Global Gingerbread House. It … [Read more...]

Giveaway Winners

I should have known. When it comes to choosing between apple or pumpkin pie, there can only be two winners.  Six votes went to each pie. Now I know - both pies are equally loved. And, as promised, here are our two winners, selected at random by, and their comments. Carole68 I am thankful for the guardian angel that stood by my side and kept me out of the big trouble I could have gotten into ; thankful for my two beautiful daughters that lighten up my life ; for the good … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving (Giveaway!)


I've heard Christmas music on the radio all week. Can you believe it? Call me old fashioned, but I think Thanksgiving deserves a little more time in the limelight. We need to sit in gratitude and savor every moment. The way I look at it, life is beautiful. I endured serious hardship in my early years, but I got through it. How? By first believing that,  in this great, big, topsy-turvy world, there's always something to be thankful for... and second, by looking for just that thing to … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: World Food Giveaway (with poll)


Because the leaves are changing, and because I'm feeling fiesty, let's do a book giveaway. And not just any book give away. This is a "must have" book for anyone who loves Latino/Caribbean food. (Mmmm, doesn't everyone?) The book: Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified by Linda Bladholm There's nothing I enjoy more than plunging into one of Miami's many latin markets with Linda at my side--and now you can, too, wherever you live. Her carefully researched, clearly presented … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Linda Bladholm, Two of Two

Thank you for all your responses on Facebook! We have a winner, chosen at random by Yay!! Here is the winning response: Astrid Lague - I have a friend who is from Southern India, and I'd love to see where he is from and eat some authentic naan made in the tandoor and any other tandoor specialties. Not sure that is what's around in Southern India... but Indian food is one of my absolute favorites! Congratulations, Astrid! No, we're still not giving Linda away. However, if I … [Read more...]