Category: Recipes

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June 23, 2022

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Moroccan Harira (Chickpea and Lentil Soup)

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Morocco

Harira is one of my favorite Moroccan dishes. There are many variations but they all include legumes (usually lentils and chickpeas), tomato, onion, turmeric, and herbs. It is sometimes thickened with egg or a slurry (a mixture of flour and water, called a tedouira in Moroccan cuisine), although it will thicken on its own if left overnight. Harira is a dish traditionally served during Ramadan, but can be enjoyed throughout… Read
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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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Posted

March 18, 2022

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Casunziei: Beet-Filled Ravioli from the Dolomites

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Recipes, Italy

One of the more unique recipes for ravioli that you will find are Casunziei ampezzani, named for the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in Dolomites of the Veneto region. This half-moon pasta can be filled with a variety of seasonal produce, but is most often filled with a mix of beetroot and potato, making it very colorful. It is served dressed with a butter and poppy seeds, giving it a very… Read
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Posted

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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Posted

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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