Gingerbread Houses from Around the World!

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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

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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 Random.org, 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!)

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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)

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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...]

About the Food of Colombia

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At the tippity-top of South America sits the great country called Colombia. Colombians benefit from a varied landscape, from mountains and rainforest - typical of South America, to sun-bleached Caribbean beaches. To quote National Geographic (and the prettiest sentence I've read in recent history - it actually makes me hungry for sand)... Wedged between Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the south, and the Caribbean to the north, it’s the only country in South America whose sugared beaches are … [Read more...]

About the Food of China

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China is giant, offering up 24 classical regional cuisines within six time zones. To my highly untrained eye, the widest part of China looks to be about the width of North Africa. That's some serious diversity. Overall, Chinese value the spiritual and physical beauty of food as much as the nutritive qualities. Harmony is important - many dishes are designed to balance salty, bitter, sweet, and sour elements, not to mention crunchy versus soft textures. Additionally, hours can be spent … [Read more...]