Monday Meal Review: United States of America

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httpv://youtu.be/kpi3PAnSc2w Friends, we are here. After three and a half years, we've come to the first ending. With the United States of America, North America is officially done. The continent is "cooked," as it were. I can't help but notice the irony: the first country to begin the end of our Global Table Adventure is my own country. Perhaps this is a bit of alphabetical nonsense, and nothing more. But I like to find meaning in my life. I choose to dig deeper. I see it as a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: United Kingdom

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httpv://youtu.be/XE6nisYDGMw Other than the perennial baseball cap, there's not a lot of people wearing hats anymore.  I don't usually give the matter much thought, but this week, as we had our royal British Tea Party, I found myself wondering why not? Why don't we wear fancy, fussy, feathery hats? Even at the beach, it's a rare  to find women sporting practical, wide-brimmed, shade-bearing hats. Where has the fuss and circumstance gone? Because, with it, I think we also lost … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: United Arab Emirates

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httpv://youtu.be/Rlb_JCMCIsk The batter hits the pan. Immediately, the sticky scent of dates hits the air. A few minutes later, I am alone with a stack of sweet, lacy, whole wheat muhalla. They look like crepes, but taste like sweet, yeasty bread. How on earth can I not eat them all up? Talk about a challenge. But my family is elsewhere; Ava at her little school program and my husband at work. So I eat just a corner of one. Then another. Soon an entire muhalla is gone. Then … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Ukraine

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httpv://youtu.be/qQwV6bgLtLU It's almost my husband's birthday. In his honor, I found myself thinking about love. This week, Ukraine helped me understand what works and what doesn't, in a whole new way. LOVE. No matter where a couple is from, you can always tell if they are in love. Real love. You don't need to speak their language. You don't need to hear what they whisper to each other when the rest of the world slumbers. Over dinner, two people might lean into each other, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Uganda

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httpv://youtu.be/9AypVIF7TJk "It is better that trials come to you in the beginning and you find peace afterwards than that they come to you at the end." Proverb from Uganda I spent our Ugandan meal talking about one thing, and one thing alone: our Global Table Experience event on October 12th. We're attempting to put a dish from as many countries as possible on a stretch of tables at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The goal? 196. Gulp. I'm officially one … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Tuvalu

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 httpv://youtu.be/TFKkLOzIHfg In times of plenty, it's easy to forget about times of scarcity. When we have electricity, we forget what it feels like to read by candlelight (or not at all). When we have food, we forget what it feels like to not know where our next meal will come from (if we ever knew what that felt like at all). When I was a tiny tot, I spent some time in a homeless shelter. My mom was a single mom, doing the best she could (I love you, mom!), but one thing led to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Turkmenistan

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httpv://youtu.be/24BSRyPF1bY Our week cooking Turkmenistan was all about the bubble... bubbling Watermelon Jam, bubbling Central Asia Tea, and bubbles on the forehead. It was the bubbles on the forehead that really made me smile. In Turkmenistan, tapping your tea bubbles, then tapping your forehead is said to bring good fortune. This little ritual definitely falls in the realm of superstition. I felt a little silly doing it. At first, I couldn't figure out why. The awkwardness wasn't … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Turkey

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httpv://youtu.be/6hIxigHjUIw After my crazy weekend in Portland speaking in front of 3,000 people, I needed some time to unwind. I was like a hot, thirsty wanderer, begging for a glass of water. But in my case, the "water" was my husband and daughter. I wanted to soak in their company, I wanted to be quenched by their spirits. Because, even if every stranger in the world could hug me, there's nothing cozier than the embrace of my husband and little girl. And that's why, when my little … [Read more...]