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2014 Festival Blog - Foodways

Foodways Friday: Mukimo


This urban dish is brought to us from Nairobi, Kenya, by Alice Odour.  Alice explained that in the last fewRead More

August 15, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Jade Shumai


There are many different kinds of the small Chinese dumpling called shumai.  The variety featured in this recipe is calledRead More

August 8, 2014   No Comments

Comparing Kitchen Cultures: Backstage at Foodways


Cooking, by nature, is a deeply personal experience. Each ingredient is a cultural attribute, each method a piece of culturalRead More

August 8, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Swahili Rice Bread


The ingredients for this recipe come from 2014 Festival participant Fatma Ali Busaidy, whose traditional Swahili cooking from the eastRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: New Year’s Dumplings


Tian Yali, one of the paper-cutting artists from the Folklife Festival’s China program, brought her special recipe for dumplings toRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Lemon Pan-Fried Tofu


Today’s pick from the Five Spice Kitchen is a vegetarian dish that blends fresh sweet and sour flavors. In someRead More

July 6, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Huaiyang Vegetarian ‘Kidney’


Huaiyang cooking is considered one of the four great traditions in Chinese cuisine, along with Cantonese, Shandong, and Sichuan. ItRead More

July 5, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Wonton Soup


During the first week of the Folklife Festival, Sunday’s theme was cultural diaspora, discussing how culture both changes and staysRead More

July 4, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from Kenya: Chapati


After the close of the Folklife Festival’s first weekend, the chefs of the Flavors of Kenya stage have shown ourRead More

July 3, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Rice Wine Yuanxiao


Today’s recipe comes from Five Spice Kitchen’s “Drinks and Desserts” session. Eating yuanxiao (round, sweet rice dumplings) is a favoriteRead More

July 2, 2014   No Comments