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We see fish cakes in your future
We love our fish cakes in Maine. They're usually a mixture of breadcrumbs, egg, seafood, and parsley, formed into cylinders and deep-fried.
A surprising prediction
| June 01, 2012
A Southern fave, brought north via Africa
My road to collard green enlightenment opened up, of all places, at the checkout at T.J. Maxx.
Hallelujah! Praise collards!
| May 04, 2012
Review: Al Huda
The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture's many complexities.
A very warm welcome indeed
| April 20, 2012
Review: Being Jewish in France
"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
Yves Jeuland's documentary
| March 16, 2012
My heart sank when I heard that the Fuentes brothers, who own the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and the Cancun restaurants in Biddeford and Waterville, had been arrested, their restaurants raided by federal agents.
| October 14, 2011
Tasting Iraqi hospitality in Westbrook
At Mona's house in Westbrook, when a guest comes to visit, this is what she makes: a platter of yellow rice topped with golden bone-in chicken pieces, tomato-and chili-flake soup, a platter of beef dolmas, flatbread, pickled vegetables, fresh salad, wate
A feast for a guest
| September 23, 2011
The story behind a South Portland Cambodian curry
Before you make Makara Meng's Cambodian curry soup, you need to know how it got to these pages.
A hard-won meal
| August 26, 2011
Well, this is embarrassing
From somewhere in Mexico ...
| August 12, 2011
Fou fou is hard work
The cassava flour was light beige, slightly more fine than corn meal. I'd bought it by mistake. Three pounds of it. I had no idea what to do with it.
Getting pounded by flour while making an African staple
| January 14, 2011
New play based on L-A's Somali experience
Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
| January 07, 2011
Activist and friend hope for DREAM Act passage
Jessy Galvéz is kneeling at the altar of El Sinai Church in Portland, at an interfaith vigil supporting the DREAM Act.
| December 10, 2010
Granola with a conscience
With all those honey-flavored oats and nuts, granola is tempting enough for Rhode Island's neo-hippie set. But add a scoop of goodwill to the mix and you invite a veritable stampede of Birkenstocks.
| November 26, 2010
Cooking classes taught by refugees give the real scoop
The kitchen of St. Pius X Church at the north corner of Payson Park was particularly steamy on the muggy, unusually hot night of October 1.
Sumac and citric acid
| October 08, 2010
Patrolling the border
Taxed Enuff Already!
| August 27, 2010
Wait your turn to vote
Immigrants are fantastic. But they shouldn't be in the voting booth.
Voting should be for citizens only
| August 20, 2010
Go back to Africo!
Big Fat Whale
| August 06, 2010
Immigration policy needs even more reform than you think
Today's New York Times has a fascinating story that one person quoted in the piece calls "the forgotten story of immigration" - people who are...
| May 31, 2010
Non-citizen voting rights petition
Last month, Jeff wrote about a local campaign to give non-citizens (but legal immigrants) the right to vote in Portland. The proposal is controversial and...
| March 23, 2010
Should non-citizens vote?
We Americans know we don't like taxation without representation in our democracy, but should we allow participation without naturalization?
| February 19, 2010
CDC changes its mind: Immigrants don't need HPV vaccine to enter US
Immigrant girls and women will no longer be required to get the HPV vaccine before filing for their green cards, read an article from the...
| November 16, 2009
When I heard about the bill being bandied about in the Maine State House that would allow non-US citizens to vote in local elections, I said to myself, "Hmmmmm."
Judging people by a name
| April 01, 2009
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