Recipe: Shopska Salad (Shopska Salata)

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Serves 2-4 Can a salad be seductive? Maybe not. But a salad definitely can be charming and fun, like the boy next door. That's exactly how I feel about Shopska Salad. Like a school girl, I crushed on this happy combination of crunchy peppers, farmer's market tomatoes, and red onion. To make the salad even better, I tossed "Barrel-Aged Feta" in the mix. This cheese is just like regular feta with a tad stronger - and a "hair" funkier - flavor. In fact, Barrel-Aged Feta is a great "first" funky … [Read more...]

Menu: Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Yet another week of agonizing menu choices. There is just too much good food in this world. :) After much deliberation, here's how this week's Global Table will celebrate the flavors of Bosnia & Herzegovina: Chopped Salad (Sopska Salata) [Recipe] Fresh tomato, green pepper, red onion, and feta cheese, topped with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Finger Sausages (Cevapi) [Recipe] Cevapi is popular street-food in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The small, grilled … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bolivian Avocado and Tomato Salad

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Serves 4 Even my husband ate this vegan salad up. Perhaps because it was a lot like a fresh salsa in an avocado bowl, instead of the "rabbit food" salad he is used to. Serve slightly chilled (cold takes away from the flavors - you won't be able to taste the buttery avocado as well.) Make the tomato mixture several hours ahead if you want. Ingredients: 2 avocados, halved and pitted minced red onion, to taste 2 small tomatoes 2 sprigs fresh parsley, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp … [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...]

Recipe: Armenian White Bean Plaki (Lupia Plaki)

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Serves 8 This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold. We served the Plaki cold in an Armenian Meza style dinner (cold buffet) and scooped it up with flatbread. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups dried Great Northern Beans, soaked overnight in water 1 Tbsp salt 2-3 medium carrots, peeled and diced 1 celery stalk, diced 1/2 cup diced onion 1 can diced plum tomatoes, drained 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1/3 cup olive oil 8 cloves garlic, quartered 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp Hungarian paprika 1/2 tsp … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Argentina

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This is meal #7 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. This week I used my Great Aunt's dishes for the first time. Her name was Caterina, but we called her Lulla Rina. Lulla Rina made two of my favorite childhood treats: spaghetti tossed with boiled potatoes and marinara, and braided challah with whole eggs baked inside. She's been gone a long time now but I still smile when I think of those unusual treats. The day of our Argentine feast, I … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Arugula and Chevre

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Serves 4 I first heard of making a salad inside a hot, roasted pumpkin from the Argentine chef, Francis Mallman. My version of this unusual salad is streamlined for the home cook. Enjoy this wonderful comfort food on a cold day. Makes enough for a light meal, or use it as an impressive starter in a larger feast. Ingredients: 2 pumpkin (or acorn squash - or whatever is in season) olive oil salt pepper For the vinaigrette: 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped … [Read more...]

Menu: Argentina

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I am sitting at the dining room table with a cup of tea and cookbooks strewn about me. This is a normal Tuesday night. I spend as much time looking at random recipes as I do Argentinian recipes. I realize I am happy. Thank you, Food, for all your incarnations. Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Arugula and Chevre [Recipe] The cavity of a steaming, roasted pumpkin is filled with goat cheese, arugula and mint vinaigrette. Any pumpkin variety is acceptable, depending on seasonal … [Read more...]