Arepa de Domino

Arepas have been on the table at practically every step of my introduction to Colombian cuisine, and I’m pretty solidly hooked. They are crispy corn cakes that can either be stuffed, or topped with practically anything. You think fusion tacos are awesome? Swap the tortilla for an arepa, and raise your meal to the next…

Dried Tomato Pesto

In honor of some big news coming up this week, I’ve decided to change things up a little this time around. CM has been running for nine months now, but this is the first post in its new home on the internet: cravingmadblog.com! Dani bought me a domain as an early birthday present, and now…

Vlaamse Frites — Belgian Street Fries

Who doesn’t love fries? Seriously…point them out. I always thought that Americans were the most French Fry-obsessed people in the world–everyone has their favorite place to get them (Chick-fil-a) and their favorite toppings, and condiments. Simply put, fries are everywhere here, and considering all the bad press the US gets about un-heathy eating, and obesity,…

Butternut Squash Masala

I used to consider myself a “pseudo-vegetarian” since I went through periods when I consciously avoided meat without fully committing to the vegetarian cause. It was hard at first, but it got so much easier when I figured out how to cook and season vegetables to my liking. This is one of the concoctions that…

Twice-Cooked Beet & Walnut Salad

It’s really easy to waste food–especially when you only shop once or twice per month. When I was in college, my roommates– great guys, really–used to have a field day whenever I would look up food-related videos on Youtube, but it was an easy (and free) way to learn about pickling, and other techniques to…

Schwammerlsuppe — Bavarian Mushroom Soup

I’ve been reminiscing about the summer I spent doing research in Munich ever since Oktoberfest started. My former neighbor started sending me pictures of this year’s events– everything from festival set up to his countless liters of beer. Despite taking German classes since 4th grade, I didn’t get my first real experience in Germany until…

Acili Ezme — “Turkish Salsa”

Acili Ezme is a blend of tomatoes, peppers, herbs and spices that you could easily mistake for salsa here in the US. While it’s eaten similarly, it has a more complex flavor than the salsa you’d buy from the store. It is full of herbs–usually, parsley, and mint, and pomegranate molasses, a thick syrup made from pomegranate juice that has a strong sweet, and tart flavor–somewhere between tamarind paste, and balsamic vinegar. While you won’t find it in regular grocery stores, it’s usually easy to find in the Middle Eastern section of international markets.

Red Lentil Burger | Cucumber Raita

About halfway through college, I got tired of dining halls—and it was probably what pushed my “food brain” over the edge. I made sure my Junior, and Senior year dorms had kitchens, and I cancelled my meal plan (it was too expensive, anyway). Once I was in control of what I ate every day, one…