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Jessica Smith is a native of the American Midwest, currently living in Thailand where she writes about food and travel throughout Southeast Asia. Jessica believes that the best way to understand a place is through its local cuisine.

Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bread Truffles

Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bread Truffles

A sweet and simple recipe for rich truffles made from a loaf of banana bread, cream cheese, and chocolate.…

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

This light and fluffy whole wheat pancakes recipe will surely make it's way on to your breakfast table.…

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Carrots really find their groove in the companionship of curry and coconut milk.…

Butternut Squash and Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash and Creamed Spinach Gratin

This is crowd-pleasing, vegetarian friendly, and can be made ahead – a holiday trifecta. …

Sweet Potato, Apple and Bacon Breakfast Hash

Sweet Potato, Apple and Bacon Breakfast Hash

A hash like this one can be loaded full of vegetables and makes for a hearty, healthy one-pan dinner or breakfast.…

Green Beans with Sweet Spiced Pecans and Goat Cheese

Green Beans with Sweet Spiced Pecans and Goat Cheese

This simple side dish will be a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table.…

Watermelon Lime Popsicles

Watermelon Lime Popsicles

These utterly refreshing, 2-ingredient popsicles will ward off the summer heat any time of day. …

WTF Bangkok: Tapas and Cocktails in Bangkok

WTF Bangkok: Tapas and Cocktails in Bangkok

For creative cocktails and international bites, look no further in Bangkok than WTF.…

Summer Barley Risotto With Sweet Corn, Roasted Tomato and Basil

Summer Barley Risotto With Sweet Corn, Roasted Tomato and Basil

A lighter version of the Italian classic, made complete with summer's star ingredients. …

Bangkok’s Organic Farmers Market at Bo.lan

Bangkok’s Organic Farmers Market at Bo.lan

The newest organic farmers market in Bangkok is worth a visit, both for the food and the company.…

Spiced Chickpea and Avocado Salad with Tahini Dressing

Spiced Chickpea and Avocado Salad with Tahini Dressing

The combination of crisp chickpeas, creamy avocado, and flavorful tahini dressing make this salad the star of even the simplest of dinners.…

Is Food the new Off-Limits Dinner Topic?

Is Food the new Off-Limits Dinner Topic?

As if it wasn't difficult enough to navigate polite dinner time discussion, is food the next off-limits topic?…

Salmon Tacos with Orange Cilantro Slaw

Salmon Tacos with Orange Cilantro Slaw

Looking for your next dinner party dish? These salmon tacos may be the answer.…

Bangkok: Fast Food With Style

Bangkok: Fast Food With Style

In Bangkok, Jessica Smith finds a great lunch at an appealing price in the some of the city's popular shopping destinations.…

Easy Fried Rice For Any Time Of Day

Easy Fried Rice For Any Time Of Day

With an endless variety of Thai food available at every turn, Jessica Smith finds that this simple fried rice is the thing she craves the most. …

A Day Of Chinese Cooking At Beijing’s Hutong Cuisine

A Day Of Chinese Cooking At Beijing’s Hutong Cuisine

The Hutong Cuisine cooking school is located in one of Beijing's historic hutong neighborhoods. Jessica Smith spends the day learning how to make Char Siu pork buns.…

Memorial Day Side: Lemon Chickpea Salad With Roasted Red Peppers

Memorial Day Side: Lemon Chickpea Salad With Roasted Red Peppers

essica Smith hunts down a side dish that will keep fresh all throughout a hot Memorial Day weekend afternoon.…

Kansas City: Blanc Burgers+Bottles Delivers In Flavor And Style

Kansas City: Blanc Burgers+Bottles Delivers In Flavor And Style

Can Blanc Burgers+Bottles turn Kansas City from barbecue Mecca to Burger heaven? …

Pad See Ew: How To Take A Thai Favorite And Make It Your Own

Pad See Ew: How To Take A Thai Favorite And Make It Your Own

Sometimes, kid-friendly dishes become adult favorites as well. One of those dishes is Pad See Ew.…

Getting Your Mango Fix In Bangkok

Getting Your Mango Fix In Bangkok

With mango season arriving in Thailand, Jessica Smith turns to Mango Tango for her daily mango fix.…

Green Mango Salad With Avocado, Shrimp and Cashews

Green Mango Salad With Avocado, Shrimp and Cashews

We all love ripe mangos, right? But don't wrinkle your nose at the unripe ones, as they are excellent in a fresh spring sallad.…

A Day at Bangkok’s Blue Elephant Cooking School

A Day at Bangkok’s Blue Elephant Cooking School

Jessica Smith enrolls at the famous Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok, and at the end of the day doesn't want to leave.…

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Life and Flavor in Balance

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Life and Flavor in Balance

Our Bangkok correspondent Jessica Smith travels to Chiang Mai, and shares the city's famous noodles.…