Hegemony: what is it and why is it in my food?

I first heard the word hegemony in one of my introductory grad school courses. I didn’t know what it was. Fortunately, someone sitting next to me saved me the embarrassment by asking the lecturer what it meant. In this context—as in most cases—hegemony is used to describe one country’s dominance over others. In the case…

boyfriend-approved chili bean

When I say boyfriend, I mean everyone—veggie enthusiast, veggie avoider, gluten-free eater, omnivore, seasoned chef, first-time cook. This dish has been loved by every dinner party, family member, and roommate I’ve shared it with. It’s a real crowd-pleaser.   The sweetness of the cinnamon-spiced roasted sweet potatoes combined with the kick of the red chilis…