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Mumbain Chickpea Battered Fried Potato Balls (Batata Vada)

The older I get, the more I see that life is about journeys and not destinations. While walking our paths up and down through many seasonal changes, we say “good bye” to a lot of the people who we love. … Continue reading

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Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream Drizzled with Lavender Olive Oil

Lavender is like “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide”. While its scent evokes a sense of relaxation and calmness, its flavor wakes you up with a peppery and minty kick that has a sweet and floral flavor with lemon and citrus … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Braised Steak

At the 14,110 foot summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado, I reached out my hand to touch the snow white, fluffy clouds that covered the view downslope. All of a sudden, the clouds mysteriously started dancing in the mountain breeze. … Continue reading

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Sautéd Watermelon Rinds with Tequila & Ancho Chili Olive Oil

Many years ago I had a roommate named Lisa in Berkeley. Lisa, who grew up in a simple Mid-Western society, believed in living with “as little waste as possible”. I found her way of living very inspiring. Under her influence, … Continue reading

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Lavender Honey Lemon Chicken For Valentine’s Day

A romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day? If you want to try something different from fondue, romantic finger foods or heart-shaped foods to share, try lavender-scented foods this Valentine’s Day. Lavender has been known as the “herb of love” … Continue reading

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Featured on Forbes: Steamed Persimmon Sherry Cake For The Holidays

In “oven-less” places like rural parts of Kenya or the Sahara Desert in North Africa, baking cakes with charcoal and sand or steaming cakes on a kerosene burner is a different cooking experience from my usual experience baking in my … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Citrus Mint Chicken with Old Vine Zin

While hiking down a volcanic mountainside in the Ometepe islands, an ecological jewel in Nicaragua, I ran into a pig staring at me in the middle of the dirt road. It first smelled me and then walked towards me. I … Continue reading

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Featured on Mercury News & Oakland Tribune: Kenyan Tomato Peanut Sauce Over Vegetables with Riesling

I think that the time in my life when I was eating the healthiest foods was when I served with the US Peace Corps in Kenya. Everything grew naturally right in my backyard with no chemicals, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. … Continue reading

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Vietnamese-Style Pollock with Ginger Liqueur

If you were to pick just one type of cuisine to eat for rest of your life, what would it be? I think most Americans would pick Italian. For me, I’d go with Vietnamese. I find it so incredibly fresh, … Continue reading

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Swedish Spare Ribs with Côtes-du-Rhône

Scandinavian Summer is “sleepless”. Even in the southern tip end of Sweden far away from the Arctic North, I was still getting 18 hours of daylight at Mid-Summer. I would party outdoors all night and even sun-tan late into the … Continue reading

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