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...]

Menu: Benin

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Although Benin is an impoverished country with many people living off a simple diet of fufu, yam, rice, and beans, the cuisine also offers upscale, global flavors, most notably influenced by French flavors and techniques.  For example, this menu features crab, an commonly fished for in the south of Benin, prepared in a simplified French manner with eggs and vegetables. Crabs from Benin [Recipe] Lump crabmeat baked with egg, onion, garlic, tomato, and hot chili … [Read more...]

Menu: Belize

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Special thanks to those of you on our Facebook fan page who voted for this week's Global Table dessert. Although my husband is sad because he voted for Lemon Meringue pie, I'm thrilled because I am super curious how pone tastes.  Since I love sweet potatoes, I'm guessing this dessert will be right up my alley. On another note, this week is also interesting because we'll learn how to make red recado seasoning (see Stew Chicken). I am always looking for new seasoning ideas; I hope that this … [Read more...]

Menu: Belgium

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When I had trouble deciding which dishes to make (big surprise), you guys helped me out on our Facebook page by suggesting I make it all! Yikes!  Although I'll be busy, I am happy to oblige... I mean who wouldn't love a menu like this... Vlaamse Asperges (White Asparagus a la Flammande) [Recipe] White asparagus cooked until tender with a chunky sauce made with hard-boiled eggs, butter, lemon juice, and parsley. Baked Belgian Endive with ham & cheese [Recipe] Barely bitter endive, … [Read more...]

Menu: Barbados

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Thank goodness you guys aren't subjected to the agonizing decision process that goes on in my house each week. It literally takes me two days of sifting through recipes to narrow things down. My husband deserves an award for the moral support he gives so freely. Anyway, from all the great options in Barbados, I finally decided on a solid menu of "comfort food." Bajan Sweet Potato Fish Cakes [Recipe] Large flakes of Mahi Mahi blended with mashed sweet potato and seasoned with onion, pepper, … [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...]

Menu: Bahrain

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In the traditional recipes I've oggled, Bahraini fuse Middle Eastern cuisine with spices from India. Sounds great to me! I'm always dragging my husband to both sorts of restaurants. How great that I'll be able to eat both in one bite. I'm particularly looking forward to trying the variation on rice pilaf. Roasted Eggplant Dip (Uukkous Al-Badinjan) [Recipe] A tantalizing blend of roasted eggplant, garlic, olive oil, chili pepper, paprika, lemon juice, and parsley. This reminds me of a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Azerbaijan

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This is meal #11 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "Hey, wait a minute!" Brian said. Startled, I looked from him, to his fiancée, to my husband. We were standing in the kitchen. I was pouring drinks and telling them about the Azerbaijani food we were about to eat. "What?" I asked. Brian didn't answer immediately; he was scanning my kitchen. I followed his gaze nervously, wondering if I'd missed a spill. The counters were clear. The … [Read more...]