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Apple Cider from Scratch Apple Cider from Scratch By Kitchen Kwento 11/08/11 09:28 I'm craving fresh apple cider. I'll admit my heart had to be won over by a fruit that seemed to represent my parents longing for all things American while growing up in the Philippines. There, each apple arrived wrapped in a fitted foam sleeve. Each was...
Filipino Soups for the Soul Filipino Soups for the Soul By Kitchen Kwento 12/23/11 04:53 Soup makes my soul sing. Sharing soup with company is, well, even better. As the winter has slowly crept in I have been dreaming of a time to bring together family stories, warming soups, and many cooks in the kitchen. Last Saturday was the chance to do...
Z is for Zenith. The Farm In Pictures Z is for Zenith. The Farm In Pictures By Kitchen Kwento 09/28/11 20:28 Farm sunrise. When the world feels both new and old. In three weeks, I will pack up one corner of a wood-and-canvas tent, my little nest for sleeping on the CASFS Santa Cruz farm. I will turn out my pockets to leave behind unwanted seeds, shake fine dust...
In the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan In the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan By Kitchen Kwento 11/12/13 03:14 Photo credit: Erik de Castro/Reuters There are no words to comprehend the scale of devastation. Feeling helpless, my housemate and I scanned through the BBC, CNN and Philippines news stations, watching concrete and steel buildings flattened by wind, waters...
Searching for the Land of Salt Searching for the Land of Salt By Kitchen Kwento 10/03/13 02:22 Sadness is the salt that gives happiness its taste. - Mahmoud Emam Salt happens. Salt is so many things; it pervades our language and diet and bodies. Taken with a grain of salt. Salt of the earth. Worth your salt. Don't spill the salt. It brings life to...
Writing the Way Home Writing the Way Home By Kitchen Kwento 05/23/13 04:58 I spent the past weekend in the north with Movement Generation's ecological leadership retreat. I am still taking in the depth and breadth of that space, the people, and unexpected places the gathering awakened. One afternoon by the freshwater pond, we...
On Farming and Saturn's Return On Farming and Saturn's Return By Kitchen Kwento 05/06/13 21:47 All things move in cycles. "So, where is your farm?" I am sometimes asked. "I don't have one," I reply. At times the response is simply, "Oh." Or, "Why don't you just get one yet?" Or, especially if the questioning is from relatives, "Then why did you go...
‘Āinatarian: a Conversation with Gigi Miranda ‘Āinatarian: a Conversation with Gigi Miranda By Kitchen Kwento 02/06/13 23:52 Getting back to the source. Photo credit: Gigi Miranda I am lucky to have come of age where "local" was a way of life, on the Big Island of Hawai'i. In Hawai'i, ʻāina is land. Nurturing the land is to mālama ʻāina. I remember those who continued traditional...
Navigating (and Nourishing) a New Year Navigating (and Nourishing) a New Year By Kitchen Kwento 01/13/13 08:55 New year's arrived on a ridge in Tagaytay, the Philippines. It shifted into place somewhere between starlight, the smoke of fireworks, dark water, and poppers echoing into the night. My parents, sister and I were like children: we jumped up and down for...
How To Cook An Aching Heart How To Cook An Aching Heart By Kitchen Kwento 12/03/12 00:58 There is a time to simmer, and there is a time to toss in and turn up the fire. As an undergraduate, I realized with some dismay that I was not meant to be a biologist. I was more interested in its sweeping storylines of evolution, adaptation and attraction...
Mom and Dad Agree: We Should Know About GMOs Mom and Dad Agree: We Should Know About GMOs By Kitchen Kwento 11/04/12 20:34 My parents have embraced change their entire lives. They were two young healthcare workers who fell in love, eloped, and faced the unknown of migrating from Manila to New Jersey in the 60's, learned how to disco and perm their hair in the 70's, bought a...
Seeds of Inspiration: California's Prop 37 Seeds of Inspiration: California's Prop 37 By Kitchen Kwento 11/02/12 08:09 (Note: this piece was originally published on October 25 at Hyphen Magazine) Angela Angel at work on "Free Our Seeds: Seeds Are Free." Photo by Robin David. It was 1985: the era of Madonna, the Reagan administration, and the Millenials. It was also the...
A Feast of Stories A Feast of Stories By Kitchen Kwento 10/13/12 10:40 I'm a bit overwhelmed by the profusion of Bay Area Filipino/American History events. In a good way. From the Kodakan exhibit, to Oakland Museum's Dia de los Muertos exhibits, to Joe Bataan crooning at Yoshi's, to a 100-year-chronology and exhibit of Filipino...
Seed Story Seed Story By Kitchen Kwento 10/07/12 07:52 It's October. Welcome to 425+ years of Filipino American History. While reflecting on our community's legacies and connections to this land, our waves of movement, we shed light on just how deeply this story is woven into the story of food and agricultural...
Journey of a Coconut Kabayo Journey of a Coconut Kabayo By Kitchen Kwento 06/16/12 07:51 The coconut kabayo (horse). Photo by Heidi Lum Panic. My kabayo was missing. In just one week, I was to lead a workshop on coconut cookery and this tool was essential. Sure, we would cook with canned and frozen coconut milk. Yet I wanted the kabayo to be...
We Are Already Here We Are Already Here By Kitchen Kwento 06/05/12 06:26 He wanted to apple galettes. Our farmstand only offered seasonal strawberry, and I told him so. "But I want apple," he insisted. It could have been a light bantering over fruit, in season or not, yet the exchange felt tense. His next words were the ones...
Butanding and Bicol Express Butanding and Bicol Express By Kitchen Kwento 02/13/12 01:14 Mount Mayon rises like a dream in Donsol. Bicol is my father’s childhood region. It is coconut country. It is sili country. It is an alchemy of flavors, with dishes of smoky coconut milk laced with birdseye chilis. But while I dreamt of laing and pinanggat...
Dragon Year, Dragon Fruit Dragon Year, Dragon Fruit By Kitchen Kwento 01/23/12 16:48 The Year of the Water Dragon is here. In the Philippines, January is thick with fiestas and areas such as Binondo in Manila are in full festival mode. But the place where my parents live is quiet, and just a few lonely firecrackers popped into the night....
2012 Is In the Details 2012 Is In the Details By Kitchen Kwento 01/06/12 19:41 Happy New Year. I spent the first day of 2012 in the sky, waking and dozing over the restless Pacific. Hours of darkened skies transformed into dawn just as the plane shouldered down into Manila. Now I write from my parent's quiet home in the Philippines,...
The Hands That Harvest The Hands That Harvest By Kitchen Kwento 11/25/11 20:45 This week, on Thanksgiving week, I want to pause in gratitude to hands and especially the hands of the farmer. There is no turkey dinner, no cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie, without someone's hands touching our food at each point in its nearly invisible...
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