Category: Food History

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September 18, 2020

By Peg Kern

The History of Baba Ganoush, and a Recipe

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

We've talked before about eggplant and what an amazing vegetable we think it is, and one of my favorite preparations is in baba ganoush. Also spelled baba ghanoush or baba ghanouj/ganouj/gannuj, this eggplant spread is ridiculously easy to make and exceedingly tasty. Originally a dish of Levantine cuisine (more on that here), its etymology is a bit opaque. "Baba" is an endearment and also the Arabic word for father, while… Read
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September 8, 2020

By Peg Kern

A Middle Eastern Dinner: Culinary Travels with TIK

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Food History

I found myself craving Middle-Eastern food over the weekend, so I did what I usually do: I decided to make a Middle Eastern dinner! But when my kids asked me what that meant, I found I had trouble answering. "Can it be Middle Eastern food if there is no falafel?" was one question. "I thought that was Greek!" was another comment. So what exactly is "Middle Eastern food"? If the… Read
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July 15, 2020

By Peg Kern

Spanakopita from a Greek Cooking Vacation

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

As one of the iconic dishes of Greek cuisine, most people have seen, and even tried, spanakopita at some point in their lives. This tasty savory pie is served at weddings, parties, and banquets throughout the world, and it's easy to see why: they are delicious, easy to prepare as a hand-hand pie, and able to prepared ahead of time, as they tasty eaten either hot or at room temperature.… Read
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June 19, 2020

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Salt Cod Fritters from our Spain Cooking Vacations

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

In honor of our new virtual cooking class in Madrid offered with our friend and partner Mireia, we're exploring one of our favorite Spanish tapas dishes: salt cod fritters. Salt cod has a long history in Europe, including in the Mediterranean basin. It might seem odd to some - where this so much fresh seafood and fish to be harvested from the sea, why develop a culinary tradition around dried,… Read
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May 1, 2020

By Peg Kern

What Are Crêpes? And a Recipe for Savory Crêpes

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

What is a crêpe? Many cultures have a form of pancake, and the French are no exception. crêpes are a thin, unleavened, and can be served in a multitude of ways! They originally hail from the Brittany region of France, where they are made of Buckwheat flour. The recipe below, like many others, uses wheat flour, but if you are gluten free, using a buckwheat flour is a great alternative.… Read
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April 15, 2020

By Peg Kern

Recipe for a Classic Croque Monsieur Sandwich

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

These days we're all about comfort food at The International Kitchen, and there are few sandwiches more comforting than a classic Croque Monsieur! We're using Richard's favorite croque monsieur recipe today. The classic croque monsieur sandwich has been around in French cafes for over a hundred years and always combines a delicious mixture of ham and cheese. But from there the preparations can vary. Sometimes it is grilled, sometimes baked,… Read
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