Category: Food History

Delicious salt cod fritters made during our cooking classes in Spain.
Jun 19, 2020

Recipe for Salt Cod Fritters from our Spain Cooking Vacations

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 […]

Delicious savory crepes with mushrooms, spinach, and cheese during a French cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.
May 01, 2020

What Are Crêpes? And a Recipe for Savory Crêpes

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 […]

A classic Croque Monsieur sandwich during a cooking vacation in France.
Apr 15, 2020

Recipe for a Classic Croque Monsieur Sandwich

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 […]

Making tortellini pasta during cooking classes in Italy
Feb 13, 2020

The History of Tortellini: Emilia Romagna Cooking Vacations

Pastas abound in Italy, but none quite have the legend that tortellini does. The navel-shaped pasta has a story all its own, and while tellings of the legend vary, the basics remain the same: when an innkeeper saw the naked navel of Venus, the goddess of love, he created a tribute to…

A basket of croissants on a culinary vacation in France.
Jan 30, 2020

A History of Croissants – Plus a Recipe!

Happy National Croissant Day! We all know what a croissant is, right? It’s a flaky, butter, crescent-shaped pastry (“croissant” means crescent) from France. But a croissant is so much more. It is perhaps one of the most quintessentially recognizable French foods, a symbol of the nation itself as surely as is the baguette. Learn to […]

A delicious cheese plate with wine on your cooking vacation with TIK.
Jan 20, 2020

Cheese and Why We Love It

It’s national cheese lovers’ day! Cheese is one of our favorite things. What can beat the creamy richness of our favorite type of dairy? Cheese comes in vast array of flavors and textures, from spicy and pungent to smooth and mild, from hard, to chalky, to almost liquid. Many of our top selling destinations, including […]

Spaghetti, one of Italy's most famous pastas.
Jan 03, 2020

In Honor of Spaghetti

Tomorrow, January 4th, is National Spaghetti Day. Hurray! To most people spaghetti is just that thin, long Italian noodle you put under meatballs and marinara sauce, but did you know that in Italy, spaghetti is rarely (if ever) served with a meatball, and that some say it’s not even Italian at all? For those of […]

Making authentic espresso on a food tour in Italy.
Dec 18, 2019

How to Order Coffee in Italy and Other Useful Coffee Tips

Most people know that ordering coffee is not like ordering coffee in the US. Even in the age of Starbucks and other coffee houses, even with terms like “Americano,” “Macchiato,” and “Grande” tossed around, there is still a bit to learn when it comes to ordering coffee in Italy. Try a coffee with a slice […]

Delicious Spanish tomato bread on our culinary vacations in Spain.
Oct 23, 2019

What is Spanish Tomato Bread?

If you travel in Spain on a Spain culinary tour or cooking vacation you’re sure to see bread served with a side of tomato and a clove of garlic. If you don’t know about the fabulous “tomato bread” you might be at a loss how to proceed! Check out our culinary vacations in Spain. What […]

Soupe au pistou as made on a Provence food tour and Provence culinary vacation
Sep 10, 2019

Pistou or Pesto?

What is pistou, how is it made, and is it different than pesto? Pistou is derived from the more known Ligurian pesto, but it is made without nuts. A cold condiment made of crushed or chopped basil and garlic mixed with olive oil, often with a hard cheese such as parmesan, pistou is a popular […]