For decades, the kitchen tool I used most often was the microwave! But one day on impulse I signed up for a cooking class. What an eye-opener! Who knew that pretty much the whole history of the globe could be traced through food? Who knew how much love and artistry went into producing it? Welcome to my explorations! I’m a beginner, so I hope you’ll join this conversation about the world’s beautiful foods!

–Judy Ramey, judithramey [at] mac.com

Since you asked: The photo in my header is of the kitchen in the historic Convent of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru. I took the picture in 2009, when I traveled there with Global Partnerships. Find out more about GP: