Keating Potatoes: A Food to Connect Us

Hannah Keating My dad pulls into the driveway of my mom’s house to pick us all up. My three younger siblings and I jump in, rushing off to the grocery store. We are always in charge of last-minute groceries for dinner. Once we arrive there, I am the one, being the oldest, who runs in,…

My Food Story: Mole Poblano

Paulette Atenco My eyes slowly open but then quickly reclose. The sunlight shining through my blinds is overwhelming. Somehow I force myself to turn over and reach for the phone on my nightstand. It’s 2:43pm. Having to get up early this morning for church has prompted this afternoon nap, a Sunday ritual. My final moments…

Ddok-Bok-Gi: Spicy Taste in My Memory

Jungeun (Jessie) Shin I was enjoying a moment of silence that rarely happens in my house. Sitting on a comfortable yellow sofa and drinking bitter green tea made me feel like I had become an adult. I had a fashion magazine on hand but instead I was visualizing various sorts of food that my mom…

Himbasha

Naomi Araya My sister and I are the first generation of my family to be born in America. Both our parents are immigrants. My mom was born in Ethiopia and my dad in Eritrea. The two countries were once one but split after the war that took place from May 6, 1998, to May 25,…

Kugelis: Lithuanian Potato Pudding

Brittany Dole The table will be set for Thanksgiving at the Dole residence. All eyes will be on the kitchen. I envision my mom standing by the oven in her nice holiday clothes. Christmas music will be playing in the background. In fact, I can perfectly hear Mariah Carey’s rendition of “O Holy Night” in…

American Lumpia / Filipino Egg Roll

Andrea Taylor The San Francisco Bay area is my home—a center of diversity and culture in every way, especially food. Because we live in a large city near a port, finding food from my mother’s home country, the Philippines, was never an obstacle. My mother’s go-to place for food from the Philippines was the International…