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Pacific Rim Cuisine
What happens when East and West, North and South all converge in the kitchen? Pacific Rim cooking! Truly a cuisine of medleys, Pacific Rim cooking combines Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking techniques, California freshness, and a host of other cultural and culinary influences. You'll find everything from seafood tacos and shitake mushroom quesadillas to Japanese potstickers and seared fish with peanut coconut sauce.
Cajun & Creole Cuisine
The mosaic of Louisiana culture shimmers with jazz, big band, blues and zydeco; colorful and boisterous Mardi Gras celebrations and quaint cottages with secret gardens; French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, African and native American ancestry; and two of the most exciting cuisines in the world: Creole and Cajun. Creole and Cajun cookery are often thought of in tandem -- and for good reason -- though there are distinct differences.
An authentic Italian meal is a true culinary experience, an enrichment. Italians enjoy leisurely meals of many courses, with a great melding of flavors, aromas, colors and textures.
Your Guide to Homemade Pickles
Without herbs and spices, a pickle would be a bland shadow of the fresh cucumber it started out to be. The myriad nuances and complexities provided by the herbs and spices used in the pickling process are what give pickles their signature flavors.
Irish Food Recipes and Seasonings
However you plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, these Irish food recipes and seasonings will help you enjoy the flavors of Ireland with family and friends.
"If there is a common denominator in all Indian foods," says renowned Indian chef Madhur Jaffrey, "it is, perhaps, the imaginative use of spices." Indian cooks use an array of seasonings — for color, aroma, and flavor — in virtually every dish.
At once hot and spicy, cool and soothing, sweet and sour, bold and subtle— Thai cuisine is a brilliant balance of colors, tastes and aromas. In one dish, for example, the Thai cook might meld an array of hot chili peppers and pungent spices with sweet, exotic fruits or fresh seafood, smooth coconut milk, and bright herbs like mint and lemongrass.
More than eight out of ten households, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, now own an outdoor barbeque grill or smoker. And, while we tend to view the start of summer as the start of the grilling season, the truth is that over half of grill owners now use their grills year-round, and not just at home.
Super Snacks for Game Day
January football parties can be an early and challenging test of your New Year's Resolutions to eat well. Snacks are often at least half the fun of the game — maybe all the fun if you're backing the wrong team — so you need some snacks that skew healthy without sacrificing flavor.
Steering clear of gluten can be a special challenge during the holidays, when baking goes into high gear in so many kitchens. But with a little know how and experimentation, you can both re-invent your traditional holiday recipes and create some new favorites worthy of handing down.