Category: Kitchen Tips

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May 21, 2022

By Peg Kern

Quick and Easy Meals: Summer Steak Tacos 

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Mexico

One of my favorite meals in summer are tacos. You can throw anything on the grill and turn it into a delicious taco. While steak tacos usually call to mind carne asada, these steak tacos use flank steak marinated in a chipotle lime marinade and then cut thinly into strips.  This marinade can be adapted for other meats as well, or for fish or shrimp to make seafood tacos. And… Read
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February 3, 2022

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Roman Carbonara

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Italy

Carbonara is one of the most famous of Roman pasta dishes, but also one of the most argued about. Even in Italy, there are passionate disagreements about the "true" recipe for carbonara. Should you use guanciale or pancetta? Should you use parmigiano or pecorino?  Does it have onion? Whole egg or only the yolks?  If you head out of Rome and the Lazio region, you'll find even more variety in… Read
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January 20, 2022

By Peg Kern

Mediterranean Food Tours: Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe from Greece

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Greece, Israel, Turkey

Stuffed grape leaves are a staple throughout many eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. They are delicious and versatile, can be stuffed with meat or with rice (or other grains), can be served hot or room-temperature, with or without a sauce. There is little you can't do with this tasty treat! Learn more about Middle Eastern cuisine. I make stuffed grape leaves every year for my husband's birthday to celebrate… Read
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January 14, 2022

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Easy Thai Beef and Noodle Soup

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Thailand

Winter time is soup time in our home. You might have noticed I have a soup recipe for pretty much every day of January and February! I particularly enjoy spicy soups like this spicy beef and noodle soup, as they seem even more hearty and warming! One thing I love about Asian soups is their combination of hot, savory ingredients with fresh herbs. I think it is a match made… Read
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December 3, 2021

By Peg Kern

Russian Tea Cake Recipe for National Cookie Day

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Special Occasions

Tomorrow is National Cookie Day, so why not dedicate a blog to everyone's favorite sweet treat? The word "cookie" originally comes from the Dutch word "koekje," meaning cake. Of course, much of the English-speaking world calls them "biscuits," but that just shows how influential Dutch immigrants were on the development of American English. Cookies were originally made as a way to test oven temperature. Bakers could use a small bit… Read
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October 15, 2021

By Peg Kern

Creamy Potato, Leek, and Spinach Soup

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Recipes, What's Up at TIK

Fall is one of our favorite culinary times of the year. Not only do we love the fall produce that you can find at local markets throughout Europe, but we love the return of soup season! At our home, we have soup at least twice a week during the fall and winter. It's the easiest way for me to get my kids to eat vegetables, and who doesn't love a… Read
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