A Love Story

Today is our 12th wedding anniversary and I have been working on having this post ready for it. It's the story leading up to how I met Jack. It's a story about finding love on the other side of the world, and how it never would have happened without the friends that lead me there. …

Identity Formation

The value of the knowledge we get from elders is beyond measure. It's their time and energy invested in perfecting how to do a thing, then passing it down for us to apply and adapt to our own needs and desires.  These customs keep us healthy and happy while raising us and forming who we …

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong is a tangy Thai soup eaten all over Thailand. If you've been there, you have likely tried it. In 2020, Thailand is seeking to have Tom Yum Goong included in Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list and to honor that we have created a video for how to make Tom Yum Goong, see …

The Right Door

Each time I go abroad I get this powerful longing to never return to my regular life. But I always go back. It happened again, but this time was different. I felt the most solid sense of home in Croatia and, in part, this is because it's where my family comes from. I grew up immersed in the culture and most of my family still lives in the capital city, …

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

There's this leaf which looks like a tiny lily pad. It's edible and claims to have health benefits like improved skin texture,  increased cognitive function, and detoxifying qualities to name just a few. Because it has so many benefits it is marketed as a supplement. People are ingesting the pills or drops daily but are warned that there may be side effects. The plant …

Double Bag That, Please! (and Thai Eggplant)

I have been thinking a lot about food waste since we buy our fair share of imported ingredients. Trying to gather more information, I was shocked to learn that food waste outweighs transportation in the ecological problems it causes. It's surprising that we could make a bigger difference with thoughtful food choices than by switching to …

Chili Pepper Eye

I was carefully slicing chilis for our favorite Tofu with Spicy Lime Dip.  After I finished preparing a few snacks, I went to get cleaned-up. I was putting in my contact lenses when suddenly I felt a blast of fire as the lens touched my eye.  I cried out as my eye ejected the lens and …

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