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Recipes from Afar: How to Make Limoncello

June 1, 2017

      Recipes from Afar: Limoncello, Florence

Glass of limoncello with recipe and photo of Florence.
All photos courtesy of Stephanie Andrews

Limoncello: It’s a tummy tamer, an after-dinner delight. Italy’s liquid courage. Behold the power of lemons and their ability to quickly turn your evening into a whirling dervish if you aren’t careful. This isn’t something you knock back like a pint,…

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Recipes From Afar: Tallarines Verdes (Peruvian Pesto Noodles)

January 19, 2017

Pesto is big in our house. Huge. Pesto with pine nuts, pesto with walnuts. Traditional basil pesto, kale pesto, radish leaf pesto. We love it; our kids love it. It’s probably the best way I know to serve fistfuls of raw greens to unsuspecting toddlers.

But then I was introduced to a new kind of pesto: Peruvian pesto. Well, technically it’s called tallarines verdes, or green noodles, a nod…

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Recipes From Afar: Som Tam Salad, Thailand

May 20, 2014

     Recipes From Afar: Som Tam Salad, Thailand

Papaya salad from Thailand
Photos by Glynn Pogue

It was our first night in Chiang Mai. After a 24-hour journey of buses, overnight trains, and general mishap, all my friend Noele and I wanted were long showers and a great meal. Before this trip, we’d had dreams of Thailand’s notorious midnight raves, but even…

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Recipes From Afar: Singaporean Fried Rice

March 27, 2014

 Recipes From Afar: Singaporean Fried Rice

Singaporean fried rice recipe
Photos by Juliana Loh

Contrary to what you might gather from your neighborhood Chinese eatery, there isn’t really a fixed recipe for fried rice. It evolved from throwing leftovers in the wok to stir-fry—one of the sustainable ways the older generation ensured every scrape of food was eaten, not wasted—and voilà, you get a…

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Recipes From Afar: Polbo á Feira, Galicia, Spain

September 4, 2013
A plate of fresh polbo a feira in Galicia, Spain

It was a rainy morning, as usual, in Galicia. At the weekly mercado de abastos, bustling with shoppers from nearby villages, a huge tent with communal wood tables and an enormous pile of wooden plates waited for customers to arrive, myself included. Outside, in the entrance, a line of cauldrons bubbled while the pulpeiras dipped pieces of octopus in and out—one, two, three times—before releasing them to the boiling depths.…