Recipe: Ghirardelli Brownie Cookies

Not long ago Kail and I had our first guests over for dinner since arriving to post. We invited our friends, another USAID couple, because although they got to San Salvador a week or so before us, they had been living in temporary housing. So we thought they might appreciate a home-cooked meal.

Cookie Exchange, Salvadoran Edition

Christmas cookies.Yesterday I hosted my fourth annual cookie exchange — and the first of what I hope will be many overseas editions. For those of you who are unfamiliar with cookie exchanges, also known as cookie swaps (i.e. men), each attendee brings bags of home-baked cookies for everyone in attendance, plus a few to shareContinue reading “Cookie Exchange, Salvadoran Edition”

Thanksgiving in El Salvador

Thanksgiving last week was special for multiple reasons. For one, it was our first Thanksgiving in El Salvador. Secondly, it was our first Thanksgiving as a married couple. But it was also our first Thanksgiving away from “home,” or rather, away from both of our families.We’d spent the previous two Thanksgivings with Kail’s family inContinue reading “Thanksgiving in El Salvador”

Recipe: Cincinnati Chili

I know I’m getting acclimated to Salvadoran weather because I do things like put on sweatshirt as soon as the sun goes down and the temperature drops below 70 degrees. Last weekend I met some people to run at 5:30 a.m. The sun wasn’t up yet and it was maybe 65 degrees. I wrapped myContinue reading “Recipe: Cincinnati Chili”

Restaurant Review: La Hola Beto’s

Now that we have our car, we’re getting out a lot more. One of these outings recently took us to La Hola Beto’s, a local chain of seafood restaurants. We’ve actually been twice in recent weeks: the first time with our friends who drove us, and the second time on our own with my friendContinue reading “Restaurant Review: La Hola Beto’s”