Iced Korean Buckwheat Noodles | Mul-naengmyeon

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Perhaps you've had chilled soup, but have you ever had soup on ice? Korean naengmyeon is just that - a brothy, noodle soup topped with spicy cucumber, Asian pear, daikon radish, hard-boiled egg, and ice. While the soup starts out mild in flavor, adding vinegar, mustard oil (or paste), and even a spoonful of kimchee takes the soup to a whole new flavor profile - the catch is this seasoning is usually done at the table, so everyone can control how their naengmyeon tastes. Do you want … [Read more...]

Around the world in corn ~ 20 recipes to celebrate the harvest

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I can get behind a holiday in which corn on the cob is the star. The Green Corn Ceremony (a.k.a. The Busk) is just that - a Native American celebration marking the first corn harvest of the season... which usually occurs in August or September. Not only is The Busk a time to feast on corn in a variety of forms, it is a time to right old wrongs, clean the home, and purify the mind. Mind. Belly. Spirit. In honor of the harvest, I've gathered the dozens of corn recipes we tried when we cooked … [Read more...]

Spiced Elote | Mexican corn on the cob

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A well-roasted corn kernel is smoky.  Chewy. Juicy. Irresistible. This much, Mexicans know. Some elote are cooked for hours inside clay ovens. They sit over shimmering coals until their bright yellow kernels turn deep, toasty brown and their husks turn brittle.* More simple recipes speed up the roasting process, but have triple-decker toppings: salty cotija cheese, rich mayonnaise (just enough to make the cheese stick), and smoky ancho chili powder. Then the whole cob is … [Read more...]

5 Global Recipes to dress up watermelon this summer

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Thump the bottom of a watermelon and you thump millenia of history. The sound might be hollow, but the content is ripe. Origins of this hefty fruit trace back to Southern Africa, though fandom is widespread: even Egypt's beloved boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen (a.k.a. King Tut) stashed away some watermelon seeds in his tomb to ensure an abundant (and refreshing) afterlife. Today, watermelon can be found all over the world and is especially beloved in Africa, Asia, and Oceania. While the simplicity … [Read more...]

How to throw an Egyptian themed birthday party

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Walk the aisles of any party store and the selections are the same: overpriced plastic renditions of the latest Disney craze. But what would happen if I helped my child see there's more to the world than someone else's fairy tale? What interests your child? Start there. Ava's Egyptian-themed birthday party came about in a round-about way... but it's always been about what she loves. About six months before her 5th birthday, I noticed she would often ask to read a book on gemstones that her … [Read more...]

Entertaining the Italian way with homemade Balsamic Figs + $50 GIVEAWAY

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A daydream worth dreaming Cobblestone alleys flanked by weathered walls. Hilltop churches. Sunlight warm on fig trees and grapevines.  This is the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Deep in the cellars there's Parmesan, balsamic, and prosciutto aging. They slumber in the dim recesses, the nuttiness and salt growing bolder, rounder. Waiting for the perfect moment to shine. Waiting to become the perfect bite. And by perfect I don't mean fancy. I mean perfectly un-fussed. The Art … [Read more...]

If your part of the world was a burger, this would be it. (PART 3)

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Photos: Afghan girl, by Capt. J. Severns; Filipino girl by V. David, Nepalese child by Steve Evans.   What's cooking in Asia? Asian food might have you thinking stir-fry and noodle soups, but I'm in the mood for a little imaginative play ... I'm in the mood to make Asian-inspired Burgers. But first. A warning. Asia is HUGE. Not all the flavors are soy sauce and sesame oil! A road map to flavor We'll start with a burger characteristic of the Middle East - yup - the … [Read more...]

If your part of the world was a burger, this would be it. (Part 2)

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Photos: Moroccan girls by M. Osmenda, Bhutanese girl by C. Michel, & children in Ghana by K. McCormick. The heart of African cooking... I'm so excited about today... because today  we're diving into the heart of African cooking. I'll be sharing four burger creations inspired by four distinct regions of Africa. It's not all the same... Next time someone tells you all African food tastes the same (or that they know nothing about African cooking), send them here. I know … [Read more...]