Recipe: Chocolate-Spiced Pork Chops

My go-to easy, healthy weeknight meal is usually a baked marinated chicken breast (here in El Salvador, I vary between homemade marinades and salad dressings, but in the States I loved Wegmans‘ pre-packed, individually sealed marinated chicken breasts), couscous and some kind of steamed vegetable (usually broccoli or green beans). Quick and healthy, but notContinue reading “Recipe: Chocolate-Spiced Pork Chops”

Our Second Thanksgiving in El Salvador

It’s been a week and I’m sufficiently recovered from Thanksgiving overindulgence that it’s OK for me to be writing this post today. This Thanksgiving marked our second Thanksgiving in El Salvador. It was also our second Thanksgiving in the Foreign Service and our second Thanksgiving as a married couple.The biggest milestone: It was the first ThanksgivingContinue reading “Our Second Thanksgiving in El Salvador”

Recipe: Broccoli & Cheese Mini Omelettes

I occasionally go on cooking sprees, trying new recipes, baking two cakes in a day or putting together several make-ahead meals for the freezer. The weekend Kail returned from his month-long trip to Canada, I went on one such spree to welcome him home with his favorite foods.For good measure I also threw into theContinue reading “Recipe: Broccoli & Cheese Mini Omelettes”

Recipe: Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

You can find pretty much every kind of food in San Salvador: American, Chinese, Mexican, Vietnamese. Some of it is “good for El Salvador,” and some of it is good, period. There is a new(ish) Indian restaurant in San Salvador, Swagat El Salvador, which has delicious cuisine prepared by Indian chefs. It could compete against any IndianContinue reading “Recipe: Slow Cooker Butter Chicken”

Recipe: Make-Ahead Baked Ziti

I know I’m more than a decade behind the times, but I recently started watching The Sopranos, beginning with Season 1. Before the advent of DVR, Netflix and Hulu, I rarely watched television — at least not enough to really follow a series. I just couldn’t schedule my time around a TV show week afterContinue reading “Recipe: Make-Ahead Baked Ziti”

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”