Food as the Great Connector

I absolutely love how food brings people together. No matter what differences we have, sharing in the rich culture of food (growing, cooking, baking, eating) unites people and breaks down barriers that stand in the way.

For the past 18 years, the same Hmong family has lived next-door to us. Hmong people are a small group from Vietnam who helped America in the war. Roughly 23 years ago they closed the last refugee camp and brought the rest of the refugees to Minnesota creating the largest Hmong community in the United States.

When my middle son was born 13 years ago, I was overwhelmed and exhausted. About a month in, there was a knock on my backdoor. When I opened the door, I was met by my