Category Archives: Bridging Cultures

Cultural Differences in Being a Guest or a Host

Was talking with a friend yesterday who has a close friend in Spain. My friend wants to go visit her elderly friend but the older lady has discouraged her coming because she has had some health problems and doesn’t feel … Continue reading

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Language learning and interculturalism

It has been a while since I’ve posted on this site, but the time has come for this post. The world events are disturbing to say the least. There have also been enough comments from others that it is time … Continue reading

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Bulgur with Lentils

Sometimes when Monday rolls around, I think that maybe I can skip “Meatless Monday” or that I’ll make something using only a tiny amount of meat and then I feel guilty about that (because, after all, I did pledge to … Continue reading

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Oktoberfest, Helen Style

Yes, who knew the little gem in Georgia? I stumbled upon this quite by accident, when I saw something about cabins and hiking at the Unicoi State Park in Northern, Ga. We like to go on weekend hiking trips with … Continue reading

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The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley

I finished reading this book a few days ago.┬áIt is one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while. It is a memoir, but one which provides much food for thought, observations re life, and an illumination into … Continue reading

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pita bread

As a bread maker, pita bread should be easy and it is, except I have a hard time getting it to consistently rise into pockets. Am testing many recipes but so far have not found one that produces consistent results. … Continue reading

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Braised Pork Loin

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. The meat is browned in a mixture of butter and olive oil (who can go wrong there???), seasonings are added (peppercorns, bay leaves) … Continue reading

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As the summer wanes

Even though August is usually hot and humid here in NC, there is a subtle change in the air. It seems that the poplar trees are among the first to start dropping their yellowed leaves, just a few here and … Continue reading

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Eggplant Kebap aka Patlican kebabi

This is such an incredible dish. Am serving it tonight to our neighbors and I hope they will enjoy it. It’s usually safe to serve when one isn’t sure about taste preferences. I first was introduced to this when my … Continue reading

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what sounds good to eat

I started reading a book on tacos yesterday…more on the book in another post…seems like a find…but in the background section there was a description of all the sorts of different things used to fill tacos in historical times, like … Continue reading

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