One of the things I have learned to love the most about being a mil-spouse is the food. 

Really it makes the top ten list. 

But then again I am a foodie. 

Noun 1. foodie - a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)bon vivant, epicure, epicurean, gastronome, gourmet

As a mil-spouse, I have had the opportunity to feast on foods, I never thought likely. 

Particularly with my very rural, Midwesty background.  Where spice means pass the salt and pepper.  Don't get me wrong, I can eat me some fried chicken, and mashed potatoes and gravy all Sunday long.  I grew up in a meat and potatoes home. I am a fantastic "low country", comfort food cook, it is my specialty. 

I have been lucky to make friends from all over the World and Country. One of the wonderful perks of being a military family!  WE have been lucky enough to be exposed to all different cultures.  I have not had the luck or good fortune of international travel, but DH has.  But, there is always the good fortune of meeting spouses that meet and marry abroad.  When we were stationed at Fort Bragg, many of the other mil-spouses were from all over the World, and I loved that.   I quickly learned that food is a common language we can all share.  Food that is made in order to have wonderful fellowship, is ALWAYS some of the best food on the planet.  Plus it is always a wonderful way to get a free cooking lesson.  (Even if I never mastered making hand made tortillas, and am stuck eating cardboard tasting ones for the rest of my days.) 

I have fallen in love, and grown addicted to food from around the World.  Spring Rolls from Vietnam, hand made Mexican tortillas. 

My DH and I are currently addicted to the Guamanian condiment Finadene, after he made friends with the Guamanian international students at his last military school.  It is easy to make and addictive indeed!  Delicious on Jasmine rice. 


Finadene Sauce                         

4  Tbs soy Sauce2  Tbs lemon juice*1  Tsp chopped green onion1  Tsp finely chopped white onion3  Pcs fresh red 'Bird's Eye' hot peppersOptional: Pinch of Tinian ground pepper

What is your favorite international dish, share with us?  And is there something you MISS and cannot replicate?


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