The Welcoming Table

A major way to break down racial and cultural barrier is through exploring new foods and sharing a meal. Celebrating the rich and delicious diversity of the world’s foodways and culinary traditions; and include personal reflections, anecdotes, and commentary will be featured. Recipes and eating traditions are included.
December 21st, 2011
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You can bet it’s the holiday season when you sit down to a meal particularly around Christmastime and find turkey, dressing, cranberry, and pumpkin pie. This tradition comes primarily from customs adopted from the United Kingdom and brought over to the United States when America was first born.However, across the world there are many holiday food traditions that, these days, other cultures...
November 4th, 2011
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While dim sum is found all over Asia, including Vietnam, the word, and the tradition originally began as a type of Cantonese cuisine; a number of small dishes served with Chinese tea. Meaning, “To touch your heart” the closest comparison in the west to dim sum is hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.According to whether it is rice porridge called congee or juk, fried noodles and rice also...
October 13th, 2011
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The cuisine of Venezuela could be called a lesson in migration and conquest. The country’s culinary influences include Europe, Africa, and the native Indian population, such as Pasticho, the Venezuelan form of Lasagna.Like many other places in the world, Venezuelan cuisine is regional, with the western region consuming goat, rabbit, cheeses, plantains with local tribal and Columbian influences....
September 18th, 2011
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Many of the foods we love and think of as “American” really have origins in a number of other countries. Never has the melting pot of America been more evident than in the food we eat, and some of their origins just may surprise you.CoffeeHow many of us could make it through the day without our morning cup of joe? Well turns out that coffee can’t grow in the United States. Coffee is only...
August 31st, 2011
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Cuba is the first and last Spanish colony in the Caribbean so it makes sense that Cuban food would certainly have a strong Spanish influence. In fact, many of the Cuban dishes we eat today have roots in the Spanish region of Andalucia.Cuban food is very heavy in root and tuber types of food like malanga, potatoes, boniatos, and yucca. Other starchy food that is often incorporated includes...


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