Category: Origins

My Origin Stories: Finland

I stare at the photos, mind racing and mouth watering, as I try to understand how each dish could connect me to a distant place I've never seen, a past I'm working to uncover, people who are the reason I am here at all.

Real Food Origins-Cranberries

I had some perilously ripe bananas perfect for baking with, so I made banana bread today, and for some seasonal fun, I added chopped fresh cranberries to the bread, as an experiment. It turns out, fresh cranberries are quite lovely-looking, and tasting, in banana bread. They were in the Kindness Cake recipe too. They are ...

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Real Food Origins: Corn

It’s one of the most anticipated vegetables of the summer season here in New England: fresh corn, grown locally, harvested the same day it’s greedily piled into a canvas bag, a dozen ears at a time, and sampled immediately once home, by lustfully tearing away its modest, supple green husk to reveal the tender, yellow kernels beneath, ...

Real Food Origins: Rhubarb

As common as rhubarb is in much of the US, it is not a native plant to North America. European immigrants brought it here in the 18th century, after it was grown and used for centuries as a medicinal root in China, and spread throughout Asia and Europe over eastern trade routes. Although commonly treated ...

Real Food Origins: New Orleans: Meal Challenge

As you may recall, The Husband, to help spur my creativity, issued this challenge: “Choose any city in North America. Prepare a meal of at least 3 courses, with at least one course from each of the following centuries: 1600’s, 1800’s, 1900’s. Use mid-century as your time reference. As before, you can only use ingredients that ...

Real Food Origins: New Orleans-Gumbo

Gumbo is a revelation; a comfort food unlike anything I have ever eaten. If jambalaya is a party, gumbo is a long, warm hug. If you’ve had an awful day at school or work, you want gumbo. If you have suffered a physical or emotional loss, you want gumbo. If you have gathered your family together ...

Real Food Origins: New Orleans – Beignets and Cafe’ Au Lait

Beignets and cafe’ au lait are an iconic New Orleans treat for tourists and locals alike. Once again, they are much more complex than they might appear. While one may be enjoyed without the other, they complement each other so fully that they are best savored together, slowly, while both are still piping hot and ...