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The traditional point of view of taste is the four; sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Scientifically our human tongue can experience these flavors. However, Umami is also the flavor humans can taste just like spiciness. It’s your fifth taste of deliciousness that is subtle and undeniably there. Chefs around the world are embracing Umami as a flavor and strive to create that “tastiness” flavor, having us all craving for more. Umami is a glutamate amino acid found in mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, fatty chicken, and beef.

If you have ever had Doritos, Sushi, Miso Soup, Chicken Noodle soup of the many others, you have experienced Umami. …


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With the recent death toll and infections, I am concerned about the Corona Virus epidemic. I feel immense sadness at the loss of many lives around the world, including here in the US. I am worried about my family in California and the East Coast. It is a fact that germs have killed more people than wars. And frankly, neither is good for humanity.

I wish I could do something. I feel helpless. So, every night I pray. I pray that everyone in this world is healthy, and soon the epidemic will be dormant. …


With the recent death toll and infections, I am concerned about the Corona Virus epidemic. I feel immense sadness at the loss of many lives around the world, including here in the US. I am worried about my family in California and the East Coast. It is a fact that germs have killed more people than wars. And frankly, neither is good for humanity.

I wish I could do something. I feel helpless. So, every night I pray. I pray that everyone in this world is healthy, and soon the epidemic will be dormant. …


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Some people are born to delight others with their presence and their food. Chef Yia Vang is one of them. When you meet him, you will know what I mean. His friends and supporters describe him as someone who commands respect with love and humility. He is serious about his food and his tribe. His diaspora and his family. His mama’s dumplings. He does it all with an infectious smile.

Born in a refugee camp, Chef Yia’s family first immigrated to Minnesota at the age of four. After living in St. Paul, MN, for a few months, Yia’s father moved the family to a small town in Pensylvania. With proximity to the Amish community, Yia found himself butchering with his father while his friends played baseball or football. He credits his father for his pit fire barbeque skills and his mamma for a variety of cooking skills. His face lights up when he speaks of his parents, their migration, their personal sacrifices for him, and their effect on young Yia. Every move was an adventure for him. It taught him to take risks. That’s precisely what he is doing in Minneapolis now by making a bold move. …


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In a week, my oldest daughter turns 11. So the list below documents my culinary experiences of my journey being a mother, caretaker, and suddenly responsible for a life. She was born in Denver, and before settling down on the hills of Stillwater, MN by the mighty St. Croix River we ventured to Los Angeles and Boston.

As the girls got older, traveling abroad became more manageable, and we ventured to far off places and ate. My list far exceeded ten. So narrowing down to ten was hard. …


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To me, Christmas is a universal holiday. Growing up, my mom would put up a small Christmas tree in Nepal, and my father would take us to a very fancy restaurant to celebrate the holiday that we as Nepalis had no association religiously or culturally. In Nepal, Christmas is another holiday to celebrate, and Nepalis will take up any holiday if it involves eating and drinking.

Back home, in America, our Christmas now has a different meaning. Our families get together, and our kids wait all year for Santa to bring in their most-wanted gifts. It is truly a time of giving and eating together. Just like Diwali, at Christmas, we give presents to teachers, friends, neighbors, well-wishers besides families. Many make their prized delicacy or family recipe for Christmas. …


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If you are reading this, you are a perfect mom or a dad.

P.S. I use the word mom loosely so it involves dads, step-moms or dads, foster parents, grandparents who dutifully tend to their kids.

Signs of a perfect mom

  • House is a mess (even though you’ve just cleaned up the night before).
  • Haven’t washed your hair for a week (busy playing catch up with kids’ schedule).
  • Drink a glass of wine at 4:00 in the afternoon ( everyone at home is gnawing at you).
  • Your toenails need a good scrub and polish, but who has that time?
  • You can pass out by 8:00 pm standing. …


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I am craving for (im)peach me pie.

Seriously, all I can think of is a peach pie lately. Yes, it is a pumpkin pie season, and it seems almost sacrilegious to think of anything but pumpkins. But I can’t think of pumpkins. With the talk of the impeachment in the air, all I want is a peach pie.

Sadly, Colorado peaches have disappeared from the isles of the grocery store. And all I can see are pumpkins everywhere. Stores, homes, gardens, and I feel forced to think of Donald Trump. The orange man. Even my fall is tainted these days. It makes me sad. So, here is my recipe for an (im)peach me pie to cheer my sullen heart. …


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Be mindful. It’s imperative to healthy living. Don’t put junk into your mouth. Don’t spit out junk out of your mouth. You might regret it. Because you can’t take back anything. I learned it the hard way. I have hurt people’s feelings carelessly. I have hurt myself. So it is my personal philosophy in life. To be mindful of what goes out and into my mouth.

Back in the days when I was a teacher, I was trying to comfort a co-worker/friend devastated over a situation at work. Some of her co-workers had requested intervention with her. They cited incidences of careless words that hurt them and their work. Can you believe that? Me, a nice person. Always trying to help others. Do you think I am like that? She asked me. I was in a tight spot. I hate lying. I hated telling her the truth. …

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Samisha LaMeyer

Mom, Writer, Foodie, Advocate, Always on a journey of new adventures and learning.

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