Baking chocolate chip cookies in a foreign country may involve ingenuity, flexibility and a well-baked lizard.

Susie Locklin decided to make an American meal for her host family one Sunday evening. She carefully planned the menu. Sloppy Joes on French bread, chips, cucumbers, quartered oranges and chocolate chip cookies.

The afternoon was stifling hot—104 degrees. The front porch was the designated cooking area.