Last Thursday I was delighted to find gorgeous poblano peppers at Andrew’s Farm stand at the Yarmouth Farmers’ Market. Shining with earthly energy, they reminded me something that a Mexican chef once taught me: September through November is the best time of year to cook chiles en nogada. It’…

Parivash Rohani heard about Immigrant Kitchens from a friend and reached out to see if she could be involved. In her Portland home, she taught me how to make her favorite Iranian dish, called fesenjoon, which is chicken breast in a sweet and sour sauce. It’s like Persian bar-b-q sauce withou…

I met a young Guatemalan couple at the grocery store. The young man, E., was fair-skinned, and dark-haired. The young woman, D., was exceptionally short, with the brown skin of indigenous Mayans. I asked E. and D. if they’d teach me how to cook their favorite Guatemalan meal from home. To my…

Leonor Londono McGinn, the Colombian-American grandmother of my daughter’s schoolmate, taught me how to make her favorite food from her childhood. It’s a popular soup called sancocho, made with chicken broth, carrots, celery, whole sections of corn on the cob, whole pieces of bone-in chicken…

You never know who might have a delicious immigrant recipe from around the world in their back pocket. Two weeks after shoulder surgery (rotator cuff), I was headed into my physical therapy appointment when I noticed my physical therapist’s name under his picture on the wall. It wasn’t a nam…

I never know how I’m going to find my next immigrant-cooking teacher. This month I was getting my teeth cleaned when my dental hygienist told me about a Serbian friend who owns a bakery. Soon I was heading to a different kind of tooth appointment, turning left off Riverside Street onto 302, …

The first time my Russian cooking teacher, Alla Zagoruyko, tasted smoked potato soup was at her family’s summerhouse in Tver, Russia. The house was a simple log cabin with moss stuffed between the logs. Down by the river, someone had built a wood fire to heat the banya, the family’s traditio…