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September 29, 2018

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Khmer Fish Amok

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What is "amok?" If you're visiting Southeast Asia on our culinary tours in Cambodia and Vietnam, you're sure to hear of (and taste) this dish, but what exactly is it? Amok is a traditional Khmer (Cambodian) dish usually made with fish, although chicken and beef amok are also popular.The food is traditionally a bit like a curry stew served in a boat made of banana leaves. It can be served… Read
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September 19, 2018

By Peg Kern

Why Visit Cambodia?

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Some of our clients considering our fabulous Cooking and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia ask us: What is there to see in Cambodia? The answer is that there are many amazing sites to see in Cambodia. The vast majority of today's Cambodians are "Khmer," or part of the ethnic group that refers back to the historical Khmer Empire that saw its heyday between the 11th and 13th centuries. This Hindu-Buddhist… Read
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September 12, 2018

By Peg Kern

Best of Tuscany: Traditional Tuscan Dishes

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What traditional Tuscan dishes will you find on our best of Tuscany culinary vacations and cooking tours? Traditional Tuscan dishes tend to be hearty peasant fare rich in breads, beans, and olive oil. Examples of Tuscan dishes are: Ribollita Pappa al Pomodoro Panzanella Crostini di Fegato Cecina Lampredotto Schiacciata Trippa Cantucci Castagnaccio Ribollita is perhaps my favorite Tuscan dish. We joke in the office that Tuscan food does not photograph… Read
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September 6, 2018

By Peg Kern

Spaghetti Cozze e Vongole (Spaghetti with Mussels and Clams)

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Pasta with mussels, clams, or other types of seafood is one of my favorite dishes. Easy, quick, and bursting with flavor, it's a go-to menu option for me. You can find this type of tasty pasta dish on one of our cooking vacations in Italy. Pretty much any coastal region will have a version of pasta with seafood, and this one hails from the Amalfi Coast, where we're having a… Read
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August 30, 2018

By Peg Kern

In the Footsteps of Ulysses

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The road is narrow and in places steep, curving along the mountainside heading down toward the sea. Most people descend from the main road on foot or, if that's too difficult for them, on the back of a scooter. We're with my old friend Salvatore, though, who used to race cars professionally for Ferrari. He waits patiently while they lower the chain that closes the entrance and proceeds to steer… Read
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August 20, 2018

By Peg Kern

Special Offer on Food & Opera Week in Italy!

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Spoleto is one of my favorite towns in Italy, and we're offering both our best price of the season AND a special food & opera week for September! This special week will combine our exceptional 6-night cooking vacation in Umbria with an added incentive: box seats for a performance of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale! The Teatro Lirico Sperimentale has been helping young singers make their debuts for over 70 years.… Read
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