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Spicy Molcajete Salsa Verde with Tomatillos

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 – Romanian Eggplant and Red Pepper Spread

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 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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Homemade Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

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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Spicy Sriracha Korean Kimchi

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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Georgian Chicken in Blackberry Sauce (Rachuli)

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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Chimichurri Salsa Verde

We discovered Chimichurri Salsa Verde (or Chimichurri Sauce) when traveling in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This herbaceous sauce, which features parsley, cilantro and oregano, is is most frequently used as a flavor enhancer for grilled meats. You won’t get a famous grilled steak in Argentina without a dish of chimichurri sauce along side it. However, this …

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