Fresh and dried peppers are essential ingredients the world over. Yet while growing up in the Midwest, I could remember only eating sweet bell peppers. This meant that I had a lot to learn about one of the most popular, unique and diverse foods on our planet. As luck would have it, I was invited to a special cookbook event at Melissa’s Produce to launch their latest cookbook “The Great Pepper Cookbook”. This was the perfect opportunity for me to begin exploring all these exciting flavors and have some fun! Continue reading
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are in full swing and people all over the world like me are glued to our television set watching the festivities. There are 88 nations represented with 2,800 participants to compete in 98 events. People everywhere are eagerly watching the competitions and enjoying the festivities. Me too, one eye on the incredible athletes and the other on the food!
Working at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France
In the past, I had the privilege of doing graphic work for three different Olympics (France, Norway & Spain). The work was interesting and fun, but what I really enjoyed was the food. Imagine, food served to accommodate and appeal to every culinary taste! For instance… I could have eaten sushi for breakfast, green curry for lunch, followed by meat and cabbage pie for dinner. And then there was the pig snout salad that we were served in France that was suspiciously too pink. Normally I live for eating strange things but that morning I had to pass, which was probably my loss.
It’d be an understatement to say that my Olympic experiences sparked an interest in international food and broadened my appeal for the many exotic flavors of the world.
Here are a few recipes which represent some of the countries that are participating in this years’ games. Enjoy these, and a few fun Olympic facts from around the world.
I have a new BFF. It happened quickly because, you see, I love things that can be thrown together at the last minute, yet taste as if you slaved in the kitchen all day long.
That is why my new BFF is Not Ketchup a new creation from Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen, one of my amazing Los Angeles food blogger friends.
Not Ketchup is a tangy gourmet dipping sauce made from ripe fruit instead of tomatoes. It is sweetened with demerara sugar and honey, and it contains no artificial colors or flavors, or preservatives. Erika has started with three delicious flavors – Blueberry White Pepper, Smoky Date, and Cherry Chipotle – and she’s got more in the works. Read about her journey here. Continue reading
Sweet corn was a welcome summer favorite at our home in the Midwest. I don’t know who was more excited about it, the raccoons or me. My furry friends were always on standby, holding a saltshaker in one paw and a stick of butter in the other. Like me, they would do almost anything for a fresh, sweet ear of corn.
Original photo by Ravi – altered by Cathy
The patient creatures would wait until late at night when the house was dark, under the stars they would self-serve our precious corn. Dinner was shared on the lawn with much enthusiasm and happy chatter. Merrily they shucked each ear, nibbling the corn a few rows at a time, just like me. When sweet corn is good, it is very, very good.
In truth those masked mischievous mammals were a menace, but in the end we were resigned to share our crop. Continue reading