Monday Meal Review: Azerbaijan

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This is meal #11 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "Hey, wait a minute!" Brian said. Startled, I looked from him, to his fiancée, to my husband. We were standing in the kitchen. I was pouring drinks and telling them about the Azerbaijani food we were about to eat. "What?" I asked. Brian didn't answer immediately; he was scanning my kitchen. I followed his gaze nervously, wondering if I'd missed a spill. The counters were clear. The … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Austria

Sacher Torte, chocolate happiness

This is the 10th meal in my personal challenge to cook one meal from every country in the world. We planned on eating our Austrian Global Table over candlelight. As a new parent, I'm learning to improvise. As you know, we have a 9-month old. With just the two of us juggling our little sweetheart, there was no way we could get our meal done, take pictures, feed her dinner, nurse her, put her to bed, and fit "romantic dinner" into all of that. So, to make things "easier" we ate our meal … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Australian Barbie

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This is meal #9 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "What's wrong?" I asked. For the third time Keith waved his hand over $50 dollars worth of kangaroo meat to feel the grill. "I don't know why the grill isn't hot," he muttered, "It's just warm. It won't get hot. The grill should be hot. I think it's out of gas." I looked over at our friends who were expecting their first taste of kangaroo any minute. A few glanced back at me. I felt my neck get … [Read more...]

Menu: Australia

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This weekend will be the biggest Global Table party yet. We're opening our home to 15 motorcycle buddies (plus their kids). We've chosen to have a classic Aussie Pot Luck Barbie - otherwise known as a barbecue - for our adventure. I'll be making a combination of modern and traditional favorites for the barbie: Snags (Bratwurst Sausage) This sausage is popular at Aussie BBQs. Cook on a hot grill for about 25 minutes or until done. Kangaroo Loin Bites with Fresh Mango & Pineapple … [Read more...]

Menu: Armenia

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Nom, nom. I'm in the grazing mood. Solution? An Armenian Meza buffet for this weekend's Global Table. Meza buffets are typically served cold or room temperature. Most of the dishes can be wrapped up or dipped in flatbread, making Meza great picnic food. This meal is vegetarian; add seasoned grilled chicken, beef, or lamb, if desired. Lavash Armenian flatbread Spiced Feta [Recipe] Feta seasoned with paprika, tarragon, oregano, and sumakh (tart berry powder available at middle … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Argentina

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This is meal #7 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. This week I used my Great Aunt's dishes for the first time. Her name was Caterina, but we called her Lulla Rina. Lulla Rina made two of my favorite childhood treats: spaghetti tossed with boiled potatoes and marinara, and braided challah with whole eggs baked inside. She's been gone a long time now but I still smile when I think of those unusual treats. The day of our Argentine feast, I … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Angola

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This is meal #5 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. I am something of an "Eeyore." I wear worry like it's going out of style. These are just a few of the things I worry about when I put on a dinner party: - will the food taste good? - what if I burn the food? - what if the food is raw? - what if I don't have time to finish the meal? - will my friends like the food? - will I like the food? So what about this weekend's Global Table? I was … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Algeria

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This is meal #3 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "Great." My husband smiled. "I think dinner was really great." Our friends quickly nodded in agreement. I might as well have won an Oscar. We sipped our Ceylon tea with fresh mint sprigs, savoring the memory of the meal we just enjoyed. Although we were going on four hours of sitting around the dining room table, no one made a move to get up. If that's not indication of an enjoyable … [Read more...]