This month’s Global Food of the Month is: Feijoada (pronounced fay-JWA-da).  Feijoada is one of my favorite foods to make and eat. In part one of this two part series, I write about the basics of feijoada and where to find it in the Twin Cities.  Next week, I will be posting part two, my first recipe and a little story about what and who inspired my love of feijoada. What is it? Where to find it? Feijoada is a dish traditionally found in Portugal, Brazil and other former Portuguese colonies like Angola.  The dish comes from the Portuguese word for bean, feijão, and is a heavy stew ...

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President Obama’s recent trip to the Middle East got me thinking about the intertwined relationship between food and international politics, in particular the role food plays in diplomacy. I am not the only one thinking about this, either. In 2012 the U.S. State Department launched an initiative called the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, which was intended to “elevate the role of culinary engagement in America’s formal and public diplomacy efforts.” Essentially the program recruited “80 food professionals who may be deployed to travel abroad as ‘chef ambassadors,’ cook for ...

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 When I learned that Kat Melgaard and Thomas Kim, owners of The Left Handed Cook were Minneapolis transplants from Los Angeles, I knew I we had to chat. If nothing else we could reminisce about bad traffic, sunny days and the impossibility of being an Angelino for life. While this conversation would have been worth a visit to the Midtown Global Market, where their new restaurant is located, what transpired was even better: a discussion of ethnic food and the new American identity. ...

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