Spicy Mango and Habanero Chutney

Adding a tangy chutney to a plate is a wonderful way to elevate a dining experience to a new level. This condiment has its origins in Indian, which is known for its intensely flavored and complex cuisine. We love to add a chutney to a meat and cheese platter to balance the fatty savory flavors … Read more

Mexican Caesar Salad with Cilantro Lime and Pepitas

Mexican Caesar

Fans of Caesar salad may be surprised to learn that this classic dish was actually invented in Mexico. The chef was actually an immigrant from Italy who was working in Tijuana during the time of prohibition. So while the dish may have originated in Mexico, the Caesar salad is not really traditional Mexican fare. Our … Read more

Zacusca – Romanian Eggplant and Red Pepper Spread

Eggplant and Red Bell 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 … Read more

Homemade Laksa Curry Paste

Homemade Laksa Paste

Laksa is a noodle soup originating from descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia. The curry paste used to make the soup is full of aromatic Southeast Asian ingredients, such as Kaffir lime, lemongrass, galangal and turmeric root.   While it is possible to buy a pre-made laksa paste in Asian markets, making it … Read more

Homemade Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

Chipotle in Adobo Recipe

Chipotles in Adobo Sauce are a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Chipotles, 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 Barbacoa Beef, … Read more

Fresh Mango Serrano Chile Salsa

fresh Mango Salsa

Nothing takes bland to bold more quickly than a fresh salsa. It can dress up anything from a humble plain tortilla chip, add a huge dose of flavor to a simple garden salad, or bring grilled foods to a whole new level. Best yet, salsas can pull this off while adding few calories and little, … Read more

Georgian Chicken in Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce

Georgian Cuisine

Savory Blackberry (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 the … Read more

Chimichurri Sauce

We discovered 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 versatile sauce isn’t just … Read more

Charred Salsa Verde

green tomatillo salsa

Charred Salsa Verde, or Green Salsa, combines roasted vegetables with fresh herbs and lime juice to create a sauce that adds depth and freshness to even the “heaviest” Mexican dishes. The base of the sauce is the humble tomatillo, a green fruit covered in a thin husk that must be removed before eating. The flavor … Read more

Ultimate Guacamole Dip

guacamole dip recipe

The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick … Read more