Video Saturday: Colombia (plus winner is announced)

Today really is a happy Saturday! I've been smiling, ear to ear, reading your entries to our book giveaway. I am impressed with all of you; what Adventurous foodies you are! Thank you for participating, reading, and being my online buddies. I'm the luckiest girl in the world :) Random.org chose the winner for me (thank goodness because otherwise I would have never been able to) Congratulations to Katie! Katie said: I love experimenting with different recipes and incorporating new … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: World Food Giveaway (with poll)

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Because the leaves are changing, and because I'm feeling fiesty, let's do a book giveaway. And not just any book give away. This is a "must have" book for anyone who loves Latino/Caribbean food. (Mmmm, doesn't everyone?) The book: Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified by Linda Bladholm There's nothing I enjoy more than plunging into one of Miami's many latin markets with Linda at my side--and now you can, too, wherever you live. Her carefully researched, clearly presented … [Read more...]

Recipe: Poached Egg Soup (Changua con Huevo)

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Serves 4 Rethink eggs! Poached eggs swimming in milky broth is a delicious Colombian specialty which is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a light dinner. You can easily make this soup vegetarian by using vegetable broth. Ingredients: 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken) 2 cups milk 4 eggs 3 green onions, sliced sprig cilantro, chopped salt pepper Method: Add stock to a large pot. Sploosh. Then add milk. Splash. Heat the broth and milk to almost … [Read more...]

Menu: Colombia

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This week's Colombian menu is a collection of zippity-quick recipes with big flavor impact. And if you're thinking poached eggs are too hard... think again. You'll be a poached egg pro by the time you're done reading my tips. Salad Greens with Avocado Dressing (Vinagreta de Aguacate) [Recipe] Thick and creamy dressing made with avocado, lime juice, fresh cilantro, vinegar, and olive oil. Party Rice with Cola (Arroz con Coca Cola) [Recipe] Rice becomes hauntingly sweet when cooked with … [Read more...]

About the Food of Colombia

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At the tippity-top of South America sits the great country called Colombia. Colombians benefit from a varied landscape, from mountains and rainforest - typical of South America, to sun-bleached Caribbean beaches. To quote National Geographic (and the prettiest sentence I've read in recent history - it actually makes me hungry for sand)... Wedged between Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the south, and the Caribbean to the north, it’s the only country in South America whose sugared beaches are … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: China

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You might not believe me when I say this, but I love mean chefs. The chef reputed to be one of the "meanest" at the Culinary Institute of America was my Cuisines of Asia chef. I was terrified at the thought of taking his class. After all, I was not an experienced sous chef, like many of the students. In fact, prior to the CIA, I was mostly just a book nerd who loved food history and experimenting in the kitchen. However, in the three weeks I was in his class, I quickly learned that what … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup

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Serves 4 Hot and sour soup is great to chase away the sniffles. Perfect soup for a chilly fall evening. Ingredients: 1cup rehydrated, sliced wood ear mushrooms 1 quart chicken stock 1 tsp minced ginger 1 hot chili pepper (sliced if you want heat, leave whole for mild heat) 3/4 lb boneless, skinless chkn thighs thinly sliced 1/2 cup sliced bamboo shoots 1/8 cup soy sauce-1/4 cup splash shao hsing wine 1/8 cup rice vinegar 14 oz. extra firm, sliced tofu 1 egg healthy pinch … [Read more...]

Recipe: Hot and Sour Cucumbers

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Serves 4-6 as a condiment This side dish from north china is crispy, spicy and tart. A great condiment for heavy meat dishes. Ingredients: 1 Asian or English cucumber, sliced on a bias 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 1/2 tsp ginger, minced 1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced 1 chili pepper, crushed 3 mushrooms, sliced 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp water 2 tsp brown sugar Method: Heat sesame oil over medium heat. The smell is wonderful and nutty.  Add garlic... And ginger.. As soon as … [Read more...]