From the monthly archives:

July 2010

Niçoise Salad: Eating Nice, France

by Karen July 30, 2010
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In France and the US there are hundreds of variations of the niçoise salad that depart from the traditional preparation, some with successful and some with not-so-successful results (I've had more of the latter unfortunately).  But like I said, you can do what you want with this salad, adding, omitting or swapping ingredients to your […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted (Or Never Knew You Wanted) to Know About Tomatoes

by Karen July 30, 2010
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Origins of the Tomato Tomatoes started off as small bitter berries growing on bushes in South American coastal deserts and was then domesticated in Mexico (the word tomato comes from the Aztec word tomatl meaning “plump fruit”).  After its introduction to the Old World, the tomato spread like wildfire.  Can you think of any cuisine […]

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Niçoise Salad: Visiting Nice, France

by Karen July 26, 2010
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We're going to southern France this week for my first meal of the summer where I thankfully won't have to turn on the stove or oven for very long.  The summer temperature is climbing and the last thing I want to do is stand over a stove for hours.  This salad is a hearty main-course […]

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee: Eating Vietnam

by Karen July 23, 2010
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One cup makes me very happy.  Two cups make me want to compulsively clean my apartment.  Three cups– well three happened only once– and it reminded me of my “experimental” days in college of which I shant discuss here.  So warning: this coffee is super yummy and incredibly strong!  A few tips you should abide […]

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Pickled Daikon and Carrot: Eating Vietnam

by Karen July 23, 2010
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Do chua (literally translated as “sour stuff”) is pickled daikon and carrot and served alongside all kinds of grilled meats or topped on banh mi.  It's bright colors and sweet tartness is a perfect contrast to the strong meaty flavors in banh mi.  This preparation of pickling takes very little time and your do chua […]

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Banh Mi: Eating Vietnam

by Karen July 23, 2010
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After looking through dozens of banh mi recipes, I found that they can be filled with just about anything: pork, beef, chicken, even tofu.  At the foundation of this sandwich, you must start with good bread that abides by the only rule I saw repeated in every recipe: use light and airy baguettes.  That means […]

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Banh Mi: Visiting Vietnam

by Karen July 18, 2010
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Most dishes today are in some way or another the mutt-results of the domination, occupation and integration of cultures.  No dish tells this story more clearly in its edible form than banh mi, the Vietnamese baguette sandwich.  Long before American GI's were trudging its lush jungles, Vietnam was a trading post for the French as early […]

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Yellow Rice: Eating Cape Town, South Africa

by Karen July 14, 2010
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This bright and vibrant rice is served all over South Africa.  Turmeric is the spice that gives this rice its amazing color.  There are a lot of yellow rice recipes that call for different additions such as raisins or peppers, so you can add what you like.  Here I've kept with a simpler version, which […]

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Bobotie: Eating Cape Town, South Africa

by Karen July 14, 2010
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We had been experiencing some unseasonably cold weather for July, so when I first had the idea for bobotie, it made perfect sense.  Of course today, the sun finally decided to show and it's almost hitting 90 degrees.  Eating a spicy, minced meat casserole on a hot summer day isn't what I'd typically go for, […]

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