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Molcajete Salsa Verde (green salsa) is a tangy, bright salsa that is quite different from traditional tomato salsas. Making it using a molcajete, a traditional Central American mortar and pestle made from lava rock, imparts additional flavor and texture.  The green color (verde) of the salsa derives from the use of tomatillos rather than the …

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Zacusca is a slow-cooked eggplant and red pepper spread. This traditional Romanian dish is made in Autumn when its main ingredients, eggplants, and gogosari peppers are in season. Gogosari peppers are very similar to red bell peppers, which is what I use in this recipe.  During our time in Romania, we came to enjoy having …

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Chipotles in Adobo Sauce are a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Chipotles, which are smoked and dried jalapeños, are paired with a thick intensely flavored Adobo sauce. The sauce features flavorful aromatic ingredients such as dried chiles, garlic, cinnamon and Mexican oregano. The spicy peppers are used to enhance classic dishes such as slow cooked …

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Kimchi is a spicy fermented condiment, similar in concept to German sauerkraut. Both of these two cabbage-based foods are used as strong flavor enhancers, but there are sharp differences between the two dishes. Korean kimchi is characterized by its intense spiciness and pungent notes. Traditional kimchi is made with gochujang, which is a paste made …

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Savory Blackberry Sauce (Rachuli Sauce) was one of the first sauces we tried when we arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia. For those that are unfamiliar, Georgia (formally the Republic of Georgia) is a post-Soviet country nestled between Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Black Sea. Before we arrived, we knew about the cheesy bread (khachapuri) and …

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