Menu: Bulgaria

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We've been huddled around the air conditioner for, oh, about 2 months now. That's why, this week, I'm making a completely "cool" dinner, made possible by Bulgaria. Thank goodness for chilled soup, dips, drinks, and pastries. Mmm. P.S. This meal just so happens to be vegetarian (with one vegan dish). Chilled Cucumber Soup (Tarator) [Recipe] Refreshing blend of Bulgarian yogurt and cucumber, with a hint of garlic. Garnish with dill and/or crushed walnuts. Savory Cheese Pastry (Banitsa) … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Brazil (with poll and video)

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Honeybees fight cavities? Brazilian honeybees make a sticky substance called propolis to patch up their hives. This mixture of beeswax and local tree secretions has the potential to reduce cavities in humans up to 60%. A sweet invention... The sweet, seedless navel orange was first recorded in the mid-1800's on a sour orange tree in a Brazilian monastery (according to National Geographic). This happy accident was then developed and bred into the sweet navel orange we enjoy today. The … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Botswana

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With a few simple steps, our Botswana Global Table Adventure transformed minimal ingredients into a tasty feast. Although I struggled to get Keith to eat the spinach (spoiler: I won), the general consensus was that this was a great meal, worthy of any weeknight menu. Stewed Beef (Seswaa) [Recipe] What I liked most about this dish: I made Seswaa with a beautiful, fatty piece of chuck. As the marbling broke down, the stew's flavor grew deeper and richer. I was amazed at how much … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Recipe & 5 Tips for a Great Fruit Salad

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The crimes of fruit salad are many: not ripe, over ripe, tart, bitter, warm, rotten ... Because of these transgressions fruit salad has become the "Fruit Cake" of summer barbecues - a popular dish that only the brave eat. This week I made a Himalayan inspired Fruit Salad (just mango, red banana, and papaya) for our Bhutanese Global Table. In my interpretation, I decided to avoid the many pitfalls of regular fruit salad and serve it as elegant finger food. In this format each piece of fruit … [Read more...]

Menu: Bhutan

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I'm not sure I stand a chance with Bhutanese food. You may find me with my head in a bucket of ice before this week is over. I'm originally from New England where we don't "do" spicy. In fact, my strapping Oklahoman husband is the only reason I can eat anything remotely spicy. Just looking at him down so-called "hot" buffalo chicken makes me sweat (although some of that is because of the crush I had - and continue to have - on him). Year after year of his teasing has worn me down and I've … [Read more...]

Recipe: Strawberry Kisiel (Thick Strawberry Puree)

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Makes about 1 1/2 quarts Strawberry Kisiel is easy to make and very tasty. The sweet dessert remains light and refreshing. Unless, of course, you serve it over a bowl of vanilla ice cream... which I totally recommend. Ingredients: 1 lb fresh strawberries (or other seasonal berries) 4 cups water 4 Tbsp cornstarch sugar to taste (between 1/2 and 1 cup is about right) Method: 1. Puree strawberries with sugar in a blender or food processor. Pour into a pot and heat over … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Bahrain

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This is meal #13 in my personal challenge to eat one meal for every country in the world. "Shrimp Balls?" my husband asked, frowning. "We're having Shrimp Balls for dinner?" "Yeah. Like Meatballs. Only Shrimp. You'll love them." Technically I was lying since I never had a shrimp ball in my life, I wasn't looking forward to trying them, and  I wasn't even sure why I decided to make them. I know. You're wondering where my integrity is. I promise you, my heart is in the right … [Read more...]

Recipe: Apricot Fruit Leather (Quamar-el-Deen)

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Makes about 8 strips Feel free to play around with this recipe to make flavors and combinations that you like. Be sure to check out the tips in Technique Thursday. Time may vary on when this is done, depending on your oven. Please check multiple times so as not to overcook this! Ingredients: 12 ounces dried apricots, quartered 1 cup water 2 Tbsp honey 4 cardamom pods Method: 1. In a small pot, simmer dried apricots with water, honey, and cardamom pods. Simmer about 20 … [Read more...]