July 8, 2019

Summertime in New England brings not only heat but humidity. There is nothing more refreshing then a cold glass of water that has a beautiful hint of fruit.

May 14, 2019

 Pollo al maní, or Peruvian Chicken Peanut Stew, is not something you usually find on menus in U.S.-based restaurants. Perhaps it's because it is now one of the top food allergens here but even before it became so I never recall a time when it appeared on any menu. Whe...

April 1, 2019

I had these smoked turkey necks in the freezer and a bag of pinto beans I needed to use up. I decided to throw them together into the pressure cooker and see how they'd come out. Later that night my boyfriend came over for dinner. I had made my usual: braised chicken b...

March 12, 2019

It wasn't until I was an adult and living in Lima did I first encounter emoliente peruano. Once I found it, I obsessed about it not only while I was there but after I came back to the U.S. Emoliente is a tea, served either hot or lukewarm, made of medicinal herbs and s...

February 26, 2019

Once upon a time, I hated seafood. My father used to say to me that it wasn't possible that I was his child if I didn't love seafood, as my father is from a coastal city of Peru called Chimbote. Like my father, I also grew up in a coastal town in New England, Boston, a...

February 5, 2019

When Kahlo was an infant I sought out to tell her bedtime stories not only to help her fall asleep but to also give her a sense of history and of morals, particularly about our relationships, which includes our relationship to food and the hands that grow it. Sometimes...

December 23, 2018

Winter time is a season when our family gathers together for many things. We have quite a few birthdays that fall in December (and January!) along with the holidays. My mother is the Queen of our gatherings, of course, and being from New England we tend to have very tr...

October 3, 2018

When fall arrives in New England, I get in the mood for a nice stew. Peruvian dish, Seco de res!

August 29, 2018

Here in Boston we are swimming through another heatwave and it made me think about our favorite Peruvian drink, Chicha morada!

August 10, 2018

While living in Peru I found soup being served in almost any outdoor produce market, in small and large stalls throughout.

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