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Holiday Lunch in Annapolis, Md.

Dessert first! Of course. Snowman box, gotten from Jacks 99 Cent store. Whadda steal. Homemade Brazilian truffles inside by Em. Four flavors, clockwise from 12 o’clock — pistachio, chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon pecan, cocoa powder. Here’s how you make ’em. Em’s flaky curry beef pie and veggie springroll. Mama Hsu’s sticky brown rice and eggs (Taiwanese:… Read more »

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Waste Land: A Film on Art and Humanity

On one of many evenings I find myself twidding my thumbs waiting for sven to finish work, I watched Waste Land, a documentary I found on Hulu about a 3-year art project at a Brazilian landfill, Jardim Gramacho, apparently the largest garbage dump in the world. The film tracked the evolution of an idea by… Read more »

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DIY Holiday Gift (Part II): Brazilian ‘Brigadeiro’ Truffles

To complement the first half of my holiday care package (see Part I: Mulled Spice Packets), we ventured into territory we’ve never been before: Brazilian cocoa truffles! …also known endearingly in their motherland as “brigadeiros.” See three kinds below: Dark chocolate balls rolled in chocolate sprinkles and cocoa powder, and a white chocolate variation rolled… Read more »