New Methods Symposium at MOCA

April 14, 2011 § Leave a comment


Calypso in Miami, January 28 and 29

January 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Friday and Saturday

Jan. 28 and 29, 2011
8 p.m.

Miami Dade College
North Campus
William and Joan Lehman Theater
11380 N.W. 27 Ave., Miami

This performance celebrates women’s contributions to the classic Caribbean art form of Calypso – a musical world traditionally dominated by men. Three prominent women of the genre – Singing Saundra, Queen Fayola and Princess Kizzie – will perform their celebrated form with a unique twist. All three have won hosts of awards and regularly place in the finals of Calypso competitions during Carnival and year-round in Trinidad.

General admission: $15
Students and seniors: $10
MDC Students/Staff/Faculty Discount with MDC ID

For detailed venue information and secure
online tickets: • 305-237-3010

2010 in Review

January 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy New Year! 2010 has been a busy one, though it has meant that I have neglected writing on kitchen window a bit. I received this 2010 Year in Review from WordPress, and I found it interesting. It’s also motivated me to continue to post on this site throughout 2011. I have been thinking of great things to post including new recipes, events in Miami, information on arts productions around the world, and everyday info that I have come across, so look forward to postings about those topics in 2011. In case you’re interested in checking out what I’ve been up to in 2010, here are some of the projects I’ve been working on: Mapping Miami, the Miami Art Salon, founding Blackbird Arts and Research, being an artist-in-residence at the Deering Estate, my dissertation research about art, Miami, and the Caribbean, Yelping, and overhauling my personal website.

Thanks for reading kitchen window! Here’s the 2010 Year in Review:

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 166 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 831kb.

The busiest day of the year was October 25th with 124 views. The most popular post that day was why is this ok? authorized to live under bridge.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for julia tuttle causeway, julia tuttle bridge, no flour peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, carol walker artist, and flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


why is this ok? authorized to live under bridge April 2007


flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (updated) April 2007


s’mores cupcakes May 2009


kara walker at the whitney October 2007


recipes: jerk tofu and collard greens July 2007

erykah badu and performance art

April 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Erykah Badu’s new video for Window Seat melds pop culture and performance art. It’s not too often that performance art gets such a big audience so this really drew me in. Also, given all the discussion around the Internet, I think that point got lost somewhere with everyone focusing on the nudity. For a fresh perspective, check out this post where a 5 year old shares her comments on the video and its possible meaning.

Check out the video, and Badu discussing her work, the video, and performance art with Wanda Sykes. On her website now, the video is remixed to play backwards.

new (to me) blog: TriniGourmet

February 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m always finding new blogs and websites, and this one has really caught my eye. It’s TriniGourmet run by Sarina Nicole. She’s Trinidadian Jamaican and “of the Jewish persuasion,” in her words. Love it! In the past week she has written about Trini Corn Soup, a Roti Shop in Miami, and Tu B’shevat.

trini food in seattle

January 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

As far as you could get in the US from Miami, but this is a great video about a Trinidadian restaurant in Seattle. The owner, Pam, demonstrates cooking dal puri and curry. And, while you’re checking out videos on You Tube, watch singer RemBunction’s ode to Trini food as well.

Channukah Cooking

December 13, 2009 § 3 Comments

Channukah crept up on me this year, but this weekend I did have a chance to celebrate by cooking and lighting the candles. More holiday celebrations to come this week as Channukah continues through the 18th. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a couple of things I cooked this weekend or will make this week.

Latkes – baked, not fried from the New York Times Jewish Cookbook. The recipe is also posted here. I highly recommend this cookbook. It has hundreds of Jewish recipes from all over the world. I serve latkes with the traditional sour cream and applesauce plus cranberry sauce.

Beignets – I followed the recipe from Baking and Books. They are a fun take on the traditional frying fest of Channukah. Plus, having recently visited New Orleans, I was eager to try to recreate Cafe Du Monde’s famous treat. Interestingly, as Ariela explains, though beignets are fried dough they don’t have a greasy taste because the oil is heated to a high temperature and doesn’t seep into the pastry. They are still indulgent, but a fun way to celebrate the holiday of oil and light. *Just a note* Don’t be afraid of this recipe if you don’t have a thermometer. I don’t have one and they came out fine. I tested the oil by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If it didn’t sink, but rose to the top, the oil seemed to be hot enough.

Macaroni Pie – Borrowing from my significant others’ Trinidadian holiday traditions, macaroni pie has found its way into my Channukah repertoire along with the next item. This pie is basically a casserole with noodles, evaporated milk, and cheese. Growing up my s.o. had this pie with elbow macaroni noodles. I prefer rigatoni and I usually use a mix of cheeses including Gruyere, which is one of my favorites. Here’s one version of the recipe. And, here is another. As you can see, there are many ways to make macaroni pie.

Stewed Pigeon Peas – Another Trinidadian addition this dish is a bean dish with green pigeon peas, tomatoes, and spices.

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