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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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  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!
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  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
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 20, 2012
Being Jewish In France

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012

Over-the-border inhumanity

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.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 26, 2011

Well, this is embarrassing

From somewhere in Mexico ...
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  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.
Immigrant scenes
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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.
Immigrant rights
By ANNE HOFFMAN  |  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.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 08, 2010

Patrolling the border

Taxed Enuff Already!
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  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
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 20, 2010

Anti-Immigrant Stupor

Go back to Africo!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  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...
By Jeff Inglis  |  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...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  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?
Government Reform
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 19, 2010
CDC changes its mind: Immigrants don't need HPV vaccine to enter US

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...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  November 16, 2009

Voting frights

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
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 01, 2009