Lentils with Chicken

Thomas Russell is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - This is what kept me going in my first few months at site. Schedules change, counterparts change, space and time actually changes, but these lentils stay the same. They’re perfectly good without the meat; in fact, that … Continue reading Lentils with Chicken

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Thyme and Again

Belen Castillo is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. - When I first started looking at different Peace Corps posts, I definitely did some eliminating based on whether I thought I would like the traditional food in that country. I am an adventurous person, but not when it … Continue reading Thyme and Again

Serendipitous Self-Care

Chaney Skadsen is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - We’re all in the same boat here: foreigners in a new pueblo, around new people trying to do a job much bigger than ourselves. Some of our boats have motors, seats, and roofs. Some have bongeros and room … Continue reading Serendipitous Self-Care

A Love Letter to my Local Mall

Maya Sadagopal is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. They say you always want what you can’t have. Though we frequently apply this adage to stories of unrequited love, I’ve found it describes all aspects of life. We wish for the warmth of the sun in the dead … Continue reading A Love Letter to my Local Mall

Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

- Sybelle VanAntwerp and Ivette Aguilar are Community Economic Development (CED) volunteers serving in pueblos in Sucre, Colombia and Magdalena, Colombia, respectively. The original version of this article was a speech for the CII-11 swearing-in ceremony, delivered in Spanish by Ivette Aguilar. It was developed based on common experiences and input from the cohort during … Continue reading Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

Cacao Process

Kyle King is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   I’ve had the distinct honor of working with APOMD (Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla), the association I’ve worked closely with during my service here in La Guajira, Colombia. They are an association of … Continue reading Cacao Process

Buen Provecho: Vegetable Ramen and Green Juice

Alyssa's recipes

Alyssa is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a town in Bólivar, Colombia. - Main course I really, really, really, miss Asian food while I’m in Colombia. I can usually find a good burger or decent Mexican food every now and then, but actual Asian food is basically nonexistent on the coast. … Continue reading Buen Provecho: Vegetable Ramen and Green Juice

Buen Provecho: Auyama Carrot Thai Curry

Megyn is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   I made this dish for my Colombian family. I left the red pepper flakes out until the end in which I just added to my bowl because they don’t care for spicy. In fact, the ginger was borderline … Continue reading Buen Provecho: Auyama Carrot Thai Curry

Buen Provecho: Spanky Meatloaf and Cinnamon Rolls

Barbara was a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a city in Magdalena, Colombia. - Main course This is a variation of my mom’s classic meatloaf recipe. It’s great as a leftover – reheated alone or in a meatloaf sandwich. Suggested side dishes: baked or mashed potatoes, baked squash, Carrots Vichy. Note: since … Continue reading Buen Provecho: Spanky Meatloaf and Cinnamon Rolls

Buen provecho: Miami-style Black Beans

Miami-style black beans

Dezi Abreu lives in the department of Bolívar, as a Community Economic Development volunteer promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.  -    This is a recipe that is a staple for my diet, because I can make a large batch and pop individual portions in the freezer as I need them. Being raised in Miami, … Continue reading Buen provecho: Miami-style Black Beans

Cooking with Limited Resources: Colombian Pueblo Recipes

by Alyssa Galik I’ve always had a bit of a passion for cooking. I wouldn’t say my tastes are necessarily refined, but I tried to follow the fancy Pinterest recipes to the best of my ability. I’ve only been at site for a few months now but cooking has already taken on a life of … Continue reading Cooking with Limited Resources: Colombian Pueblo Recipes

Soup, a Bottle of Liquor, and a Catchy Chorus

By Erick Uribe As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I’m well aware that the organization’s third goal encourages us to promote a better understanding of Colombians on the part of Americans. If I’m being real with you, I’ll admit that this goal was nowhere on my radar as I touched down in Los Angeles last December. … Continue reading Soup, a Bottle of Liquor, and a Catchy Chorus

Playing with Picante

By Jeremy Booth If someone asks you “What do you picture when you think latino food?” you may conjure up images of tear-inducing sauces of varying shades of red-orange and booger-beckoning chiles. If this happens to you, then you’re making the mistake of generalizing Mexican food(or what Americans know as Mexican food thanks to Taco … Continue reading Playing with Picante