Recipe: Pizza. Love, from Macedonia (Pastrmajlija)

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The air buzzes with excitement. Ava pats the dough and we're on our way to Macedonian pizza (Pastrmajlija), an addicting combination of diced pork, olive oil, and cracked eggs.  Together, her little hands next to my big hands, we shape the pizza two ways -first in a traditional full-moon circle and then in a Valentine's-inspired heart. While some might say the shapes taste the same, I beg to differ. Anything heart-shaped tastes infinitely better than that same … [Read more...]

Recipe: A Cake for 3 Kings (Dreikönigskuchen)

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Epiphany. People use the word to say they had a great idea. Like the proverbial lightbulb going off over one's head. But we're not going to eat lighbulbs today. Nope. Epiphany is the time of year that Liechtenstein, as well as many other countries around the world, celebrate "little Christmas." This national holiday is celebrated on January 6 and is a nod to the late arrival of the 3 kings to the very first Christmas party... afterall, they did hike quite a ways to get to Bethlehem. Calling … [Read more...]

Recipe: Simple Chapati

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Makes 6 Chapati I firmly believe flatbread has magical qualities. It can revive dull dinner conversation during that gaping time when the food seems like it'll never be ready. And, when the meal finally arrives, flatbread is there to happily house any number of visitors, including stews, sandwich fillings, spreads, dips, and cheeses. It can even make a grouchy baby happy again. I'm into it. Are you with me? Here's the short of it:  I go to my happy place when presented with a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Irish Brown n’ Oat Soda Bread

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Makes 1 loaf I like a bread that can stick to my ribs, but not necessarily to my hips. I don't think I'm asking too much, and I think I just may have found the answer to my prayers with this Irish Brown n' Oat Soda Bread. It's healthy (75% whole wheat) and hearty (thanks to a happy sprinkle of oats). This dense, savory, crusty quickbread is best eaten warm, slathered with butter, even though the butter will definitely stick to your ribs and your hips. It's worth it, though. Feel free to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Whole Wheat Pita Bread

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Makes 8 Pita Light, airy, grilled pita bread spells summer. Flip flops and ice water. Sunglasses and big smiles. Making this recipe just might help you get to know your neighbors. After all, the fresh smell of grilled pita bread is nearly impossible to resist. As long as you're willing to share... So, let's take a cue from the fine people of Iraq and enjoy pita, just like they have in this region (not only the Middle East, but the Mediterranean and also the Balkans) for millennia. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Homemade Corn Tortillas

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Makes 16 small or 8 medium tortillas This week's Guatemalan Global Table starts off with a popular treat - the corn tortilla. Store-bought corn tortillas can be so ... stale, dry and yucky. But, take five minutes to throw together a simple dough and you can smoosh out the best corn tortillas in the world - certainly as good as any you can find in Guatemala. Make them thick or thin, big or small - any way you shape them you'll be glad you did. And if you have kids, watch out. You just might need … [Read more...]

Recipe: Artisan French Bread (or diary of a bread-aholic)

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Makes about 3 loaves My toes curled when I took my first bite of French bread - a baguette, still warm from the oven. Even years later - hundreds of baguettes later - I could not understand how my French friend, Julie, was able to restrict herself to one slice with dinner. Her entire family was that way - they'd had good bread their entire lives. I was unable to be so moderate. Entire baguettes could disappear into my belly in an afternoon. I gained 15 pounds living in Paris, around the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cardamom Sweet Bread (Pulla)

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Makes 1 giant loaf (or as many smaller shapes as you'd like) Pulla is the ultimate Finnish bread dough. Feeling sad? Shape it into a teardrop. Feeling confused? Twist the heck out of it. Feeling like Pippi Longstocking? Braid it! Feeling creative? Shape it into men, women and children. Feeling pregnant? Just make little buns, baby! There's also plenty of choice in regard to flavorings. Pulla always tastes of glorious cardamom. After that? You can leave it plain or fill it. Sweeten life up … [Read more...]