Khinkali – Georgian Beef and Pork Soup Dumplings

Georgian Khinkali Dumplings

Khinkali (also known as Chinkali or Xinkali) are stuffed pasta dumplings that are a favorite dish from the Country of Georgia. They are similar to Chinese Soup Dumplings, (Xiao Long Bao), but are much larger than their bite-sized cousins. These hearty little bags of goodness are typically served up on large platters and shared with … Read more

Georgian Spicy Beef Ribs in Ajika Sauce

We like spicy food. A lot. But, we’ve found in our travels that different places in the world have have various approaches to spiciness and heat. In Thailand or Mexico, spicy salsa or Nam Pla are always available to heat up a dish. Other cultures don’t enjoy spiciness as much as we do. We’ve even … Read more

Ajarian Khachapuri – Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread

Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread Ajarian Khachapuri

New visitors to the Country of Georgia will quickly discover that the people of this region have a vast love of bread and cheese. Restaurant menus are loaded with several kinds of fresh baked bread, with he most popular stuffed with cheese. We sampled all kinds during our visit to the Caucasus country, and found … Read more

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

spinach pkhali

This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings … Read more

Georgian Stuffed Mushrooms with Sulguni Cheese

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

When I told friends and family that I planned to visit the Republic of Georgia, many admitted that they had either never heard of it and or needed to look on a map to figure out where it was. Georgia is a Eurasian country nestled between Russia, Armenia, Turkey and the Black Sea. It was … Read more

Cape Malay Lamb Curry

Cape Malay Lamb Curry

South Africa is a blend of cultures. Over centuries of colonization and immigration, the indigenous cultures were influenced by Europeans from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, and Great Britain. Europeans, in turn, brought slaves from Asia, including India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which also had a unique influence on the culture. Each population brought their own … Read more

Easy Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell

GrilledOysters

I love oysters. But I almost never have them at home. It’s just too much work opening the shells, and I’ve sliced up my fingers multiple times trying to replicate the process that the experts at the oyster bar make look easy. During a recent trip to Maine, my father-in-law shared his recipe for grilled … Read more

New England Style Seafood Chowder

New England Seafood Chowder

Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky … Read more

Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

Meatballs, or albondigas in Spanish, are a favorite comfort food in almost ever culture. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. After preparing them together with her in our kitchen in Playa del Carmen, we can understand … Read more