• Tibetan Stovetop Bread - Balep Korkun
    Food,  Travel

    Tibetan Stovetop Bread

    Once upon a time, I lived next door to the Dalai Lama. I was studying abroad, and a research project led me to Dharamsala, a Tibetan enclave in Northern India. I rented a house with a few other students. When we arrived, we were shocked to see that the Dalai Lama’s palace was right next door. Despite being neighbors, I…

  • Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

    Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

    Two years ago, I started developing food sensitivities as part of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dairy became one of the biggest culprits, and I had to cut it from my diet. Sadly, I was living in France, where cheese is a way of life. I watched longly while my friends ate buttery croissants, creamy pots de creme, and cheesy aligot.  Then, I…

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    Albanian Peppers and Cream

    I spent my newlywed years in Kosovo, so the country will always have a special place in my heart. And, of course, my stomach. I have many favorite recipes from the region, but peppers and cream (or in Albanian speca me mäze) is the easiest to make abroad. It only takes 30 minutes to throw together, and it’s great for capturing…

  • Food

    The Best Gluten-Free French Bread

    Before I got sick, I was an avid baker. I made breads, pies, pastries, and even a wedding cake once. I also lived in France, where I ate the best bread in the world on a daily basis.  When developed Chronic Fatigue, I was terrified that I’d have to give up gluten. I tried a bunch of diets to try…

  • How to Eat Cheese Like the French
    Food,  Travel

    How to Eat Cheese Like the French

    I thought I knew a little something about cheese…and then I moved to France. Not only are there delicious cheeses in abundance, but there are also RULES about cheese: how it will be served, how you will cut it, how you will taste it. No more eating sub-par cheese straight from the block à la Liz Lemon. It’s time to…

  • Food

    Self-Care for Dummies

    A few months ago, if you’d asked me what I like to do for “me time,” I wouldn’t have known what to say. I’ve always been the counseling type, the honorary mama. It’s what I did for fun. Then I gave birth for real. Turns out, being a mother is not a hobby. It’s a full-time, high-energy, high-stakes job. And…

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    Thankfulness in a Himalayan Bar

    I don’t know what most women do when they’re seven months pregnant, but I ended up cooking a French-themed Thanksgiving dinner for my extended family. Totally reasonable, right? I’m not often home for the holidays—and usually in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving—so I guess you could say I was a little enthusiastic this year. Though it included gratin dauphinois and haricots…