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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.
Warm Pacific waters, bright beaches, and larger-than-life flowers entice visitors to the Polynesian islands. Adding to the festive ambiance, the islands' cuisines boast fresh, tropical fruits and vegetables, fish, shellfish, and a spice palette that melds the flavors of each of the islands’ many cultural contributors.
Seasoning Local Fare
There's a good reason — make that plenty of good reasons — why local foods are so popular. Produce that's been grown nearby is typically fresher, riper, and better tasting than fruits and vegetables from afar.
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.
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.
The ultimate in fusion cooking, Peruvian cooking is a combination of Incan staples and influences from Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French, African and Japanese cuisines! While the main ingredients are maize (or Indian corn) and potatoes, you'll also find an abundance of other foods, depending on the specific locale. Three main geographical areas define the varieties of Peruvian cooking: the coast (with a focus on fish and seafood), the Andean highlands (meat and potatoes, corn, rice, noodles and breads), and the jungle (fruits, plants, yuccas, rice with fish and meat).
Enhance your Diet with Chia Seeds
Creative cooks looking for healthy solutions are discovering all kinds of ways to use chia seeds. Their subtle nutty flavor works well in sweet or savory dishes, and, unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don't need to be ground before eaten.
The Perfect Pizza
Is pizza your favorite food? You're not alone. Americans eat 100 acres of pizza daily! (The favorite topping is pepperoni, and the least favorite is anchovies.
How to Boost Your Smoothie with Ingredients from the Bulk Aisle
Get on the path to wellness by boosting your smoothies with nutritional ingredients from the bulk aisle. We're thrilled to have partnered with Tess Masters, The Blender Girl, on the development of these four recipes to get you started.
Cooking with Cardamom
Warm, subtly spicy, exotically aromatic with a flavor that transforms both sweet and savory recipes into heavenly dishes. No wonder “cardamom” means “grains of Paradise.