Recipe: Lime & Cabbage Slaw with Yucca | Vigoron

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Today we're taking a bite of Nicaraguan sunshine. This is the kind of sunshiny soul food that satisfies cravings. Bored cravings. Excited cravings. Lonely cravings. I'm ready for winter cravings. I miss my man cravings.  I wish I could sing cravings. It's like the fairy godmother of salads. This sunshine is magic. So what is it? Vigoron. A heaping mound of comfort, nestled on top of deep green banana leaves. This is Nicaraguan street food, designed to make your mouth happy. First … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potato & Bacon Salad | Kumara

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When I read that New Zealander's love "kumara," I wondered what this dreamy word could mean. When I found out kumara are simply a variety of New Zealand "sweet potatoes," I was thrilled. Sweet potatoes are on my "will-eat-any-time-of-day-for-any-reason-especially-for-my-last-meal" food list. Not many foods make that cut. Today's salad takes inspiration from New Zealand's love of barbecue. For color I combined two kinds of sweet potatoes on the grill before tossing them with bacon, green … [Read more...]

Recipe: Burmese Ginger Salad (Gin Thoke)

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If we can't open our hearts to the "weird" things in life, we're not living fully. The girl who wears rain boots in the snow. The man that studies a bustling ant hill for an hour. The child that dips her scrambled eggs in molasses (Ava did this yesterday). These people all have one thing in common: they see the world through a different lens. Their world has no limitations. Wouldn't it be glorious if a salad could change how you see the world? If one bite could take away all … [Read more...]

Recipe: Moroccan Carrot & Juicy Orange Salad

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Pretty, pretty, pretty. Say hello to the juiciest carrot salad in the world. Inspired by the cuisine of Morocco, the salad blends shredded carrots with fresh squeezed orange juice (loads of pulp!), cinnamon, sugar, and orange blossom water. It's all kinds of crazy and... it works. I felt that, hot on the heels of our Mongolian Carrot salad, it'd be fun to make a variation from Morocco. And I'm so glad I took the risk. This is one wild salad. So take a deep breath, and breathe in the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mongolian Carrot Salad (w/ Poll)

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In Mongolia, the seemingly endless parade of meat, meat, and more meat, is only occasionally interrupted by vegetables. And, even then, relief doesn't come with a garden salad, but rather some combination of root vegetables. This is because there really isn't a whole lot of good farmland in the giant, cold, central Asian country - only the hardiest specimens make it. In the big city, versions of this simple carrot salad can be found, either dressed in a vinaigrette (as I have done) or in a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roast Beet Slaw with Spicy Horseradish

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It may have happened when you were five. Or maybe, just maybe, not until today. Either way, this much I know for sure: there comes a time in every person's life when they come face to face with the mighty beet. Some will cower or run away, while others - like the Lithuanians, will chow down with enthusiasm. In this traditional slaw, roasted beets blend with tear-inducing horseradish and vinegar...creating a spicy, sour accompaniment that goes particularly well with beef and fish. P.S. Start … [Read more...]

Recipe: Quick, Magical Kimchi

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Makes 1 quart Do you know a picky eater? Are you a picky eater? Even I have my moments... I'm here to warn you that kimchi is one of those dishes - a Mount Everest for some culinary Adventurers and a potential moon landing for our beloved but stubbornly picky eaters. Here's why: Kimchi is fermented, pickled, fishy, spicy, and totally funky.  It can take months and months to make, fermented in large vats with such delicacies as raw oysters or fish chunks. Astonishingly, the end result … [Read more...]

A snack fit for a camel ride (w/ poll)

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Say "camel" and the first word that comes to mind is hump. Please tell me I'm not alone in this. I don't even have to be in the desert - I could be standing in a pool with a large, cold drink in my hand - but just thinking about camels makes me incredibly thirsty. And jealous. A camel doesn't need to hold their drink. They don't even need to use their mouth to hydrate.  They just stand there, continually refreshed by their built-in portable hydration hump. Camel humps are huge … [Read more...]