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Discovering incredible foods from around the world
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George Inlet Lodge Crab Feast - The George Inlet Lodge Crab Feast in Ketchikan, Alaska was an amazing tour which ended with one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had. While on a cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park, we chose a shore excursion at our port stop in Ketchikan because (1) it involved a trip into the beautiful Alaskan wilderness and (2) it included food…..great food! Alaskan Dungeness Crab! Named the “Wilderness Exploration and Crab Feast,” the tour...
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Citrus Braised Pork Tacos - Something magical happens to this pork when you marinate it in fresh citrus marinade, and then braise it for hours in the marinade and allow the fat to render down into the pork. I love serving this pork for large groups. I set up a taco bar with all the traditional toppings (cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream, ect.). Everyone can build their taco the way they like them or pile the ingredients on a plate “burrito bowl style.” I prefer to have my ta...
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Caribbean Blend - The Caribbean Blend Beach Bar & Restaurant on the half-French half-Dutch island of St. Maarten was a great find that we almost missed. We were on a Caribbean cruise that had a port call on this island. We have been there many times and have always searched out one of their amazing beaches (Baie Rouge on the French side of the island being one of our favorites). This time we had planned to do some shopping and get a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants near the cruis...
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Don Antonio - I recently had what I think was the greatest pizza of my life in New York City. This discovery happened at Don Antonio’s at 309 West 50th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues.  I learned about it when I watched an episode on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” called “Keepin’ It Real”.   It featured a New York restaurant that served deep fried pizza.  Me being the pizza fanatic that I am, I was very intrigued by this cooking technique and knew I would be trying it soon. S...
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Roasted Asparagus - Asparagus is just one more vegetable I love to cook by roasting. Most people serve asparagus either boiled or steamed, but I think it takes on a whole new fresh flavor when roasted or grilled. When you’re buying asparagus in a store or farmers market, make sure it is firm and the tops are tight. Many chefs say you need to peel and remove the skins from the stalk end of the asparagus. I don’t usually peel the asparagus, except if the stalks are more then 3/4 inch in diame...
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Salsa Verde - You will find bright green salsa verde in almost all Mexican restaurants. It’s sometimes served with your starter basket of tortilla chips or at least it’s out on the condiment table along with the hotter red chile sauce and the fresh tomato salsa. Salsa verde is the one that most Americans never even try when they’re in a Mexican restaurant. Usually most go for the fiery red version or the fresh tomato “salsa fresca.” I used to be in that group. A while back I had the opportu...
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Mandarin Orange Salad - I really enjoy this mandarin orange salad. It is very light and refreshing. I love the unique combination of the sweetness of the fruit and vinaigrette, the spicy sharpness of the onion, the creaminess of the goat cheese, and the crunch of the sunflower seeds. This recipe is based on a salad that I was served years ago at a supper club in Wisconsin. That version used romaine lettuce, but I like the lighter taste of spinach and/or arugula (which adds a peppery flavor)...
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Tomato Sauce - I have come up with a really simple, but flavorful tomato sauce recipe that was inspired by celebrity Chef Scott Conant. I watched an episode of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network that focused on sauces. Ted Allen said that the best spaghetti and sauce he ever ate was from Scott Conant’s Scarpetta Restaurant in New York City. It is basically a plate of simple fresh pasta and tomato sauce that sells for $24. I thought that sounded a bit pricey for spaghetti and sa...
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Roasted Almond Butter - Roasted almond butter is fast becoming one of my favorite nut butters. It is packed with an intense roasted aroma, but its flavor is rich and delicate. It’s great on toast or crackers with a touch of honey. I think, however, that the roasted almond flavor can be overpowered if you put too much fruit jam or jelly on it. In this recipe you can start with roasted almonds or roast them yourself at home. If you choose to do it yourself, place the almonds on a baking sheet...
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Pesto Sauce - When I’m looking for something different than tomato sauce for pasta, I really like the rich, fresh flavor of pesto sauce. The freshness comes from basil leaves, and the richness comes from grated parmesan cheese and toasted nuts…..and it’s so simple to make. Traditional pesto comes from the Liguria region of Italy and consists of crushed garlic, basil, and pine nuts blended with olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. There are many interesting ways you can vary the recipe by trying ...
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