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hello to visitors from around the world!

October 1, 2012

Since February 2012, these recipes have had visitors from:

Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Réunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands.

(119 countries out of 206!)

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I am so happy to see you here! Don’t be shy. Please leave a comment! Teach me how your family makes something, or share what you think about a recipe you tried!

I’d love to see a community of people sharing their experiences and preferences so we can all learn more!

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red beets with apples (buraki z jabłkami)

October 15, 2014

Doesn’t get simpler than this minimalist sweet and healthy salad. I modified this recipe from The Art of Polish Cooking by Alina Zeranska. If you like beet salads, but aren’t crazy about apples, try this herbed version – beet salad with dilled yogurt.

1 lb beets (boiled & chopped, or canned)
1 large apple, peeled, shredded
1/2 c sour cream or unsweetened plain yogurt
1 T lemon juice
salt to taste

combine & serve (do not heat!)

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adapted from The Art of Polish Cooking by Alina Zeranska

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chewy double chocolate cookies

August 31, 2014

i am very grateful to sally’s baking addiction for this new part of my life.

i used very dark chocolate chips and very dark cocoa powder, and the cookie was bitter, sweet, falling-apart moist and chewy, and exactly right for making a hard week more liveable.

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1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature*
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (100g) dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar)
1 large egg, room temperature preferred*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
1/4 to 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (~57g) unsweetened dark cocoa powder (depends on your cocoa powder – use enough to turn dough chocolatey brown)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk
1 cup (dark) chocolate chips

Using a handheld or stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for about 20 seconds. Add the sugars with the mixer running on medium speed. Cream it all together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate medium size bowl, toss the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add to the wet ingredients with the mixer running on low. The dough will be very thick. By hand, stir in the milk, then fold in the white chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and very sticky. Chill for at least 2.5 hours and up to 36 hours, covered. Chilling is *mandatory.*

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled dough and roll into a ball. Place on cookie sheet and press a few more white chocolate chips on the tops, if desired.
Bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Press down (gently) if cookies are too puffy. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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adapted (barely) from sally’s baking addiction

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If you love chocolate cookies, try a crispy eggless dark chocolate biscuit in a Scottish style. If you’re watching your sugar, this oat and date healthier chocolate chip cookie dough recipe has no wheat, no processed white sugar (except in the chocolate chips,) and seriously tastes like cookie dough.

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corn relish (fermented!)

August 19, 2014

I CAN’T WAIT to try this recipe from Sandy Katz!

4 ears fresh sweet corn, kernels cut off of the cobs (or about 2 cups canned or frozen)
4 hot and/or sweet red peppers, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 pear, cored and chopped, or other seasonal fruit
2 teaspoons salt

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Use your hands to squeeze them with some force for a few minutes. This will bruise vegetables and release juices. Do this until the mix is moist enough that when you squeeze a handful liquid drips down, as with a saturated sponge. Taste and add salt as necessary.

2. Stuff vegetables into a wide-mouth quart jar or other vessel. Seal the jar loosely so carbon dioxide pressure that will build during fermentation can escape. Ferment about two days in a warm environment, three or four days in a cooler spot. Once fermented flavors have developed, move to refrigerator until ready to serve; if you let it continue fermenting, sweet flavors will disappear altogether and the relish will become extremely sour. If surface growth develops (unlikely in a mostly full jar), skim off, discard, and enjoy the relish beneath it, protected from the mold.

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recipe by Sandy Katz, published in the New York Times

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cold ukranian borscht (beet soup)

August 13, 2014

This is a great summer soup!

When many people think of borscht, borsch, borshch, barzcz, or borchch, they think of a heavy winter stew made with lots of beef bones and potatoes. If you’ve never tried a summery cold borscht, I highly recommend it. Ukranian-style borscht is cool, creamy, and refreshing. Unlike heavy hot deep red borscht with chunks of beef, this pink Ukranian version doesn’t suffer at all when made vegetarian, with veggie stock.

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make your own chicken or veg stock
roast a head of garlic
shred part of a cabbage, one bunch of peeled raw beets, two small raw potatoes, and a large carrot. put some lemon juice on the shredded raw beets.

heat stock and add shredded veggies and roasted garlic, a pinch of paprika, a bay leaf, and a half-teaspoon or so of allspice. add veggie scraps like parsley stalks and carrot tops and remove before serving or storing.

while this boils, make the zapravka in a separate pan. heat some lard or oil and saute one onion. when translucent, add one chopped carrot. when they begin to soften, add salt, pepper, 2 T tomato paste,

cook everything together until it tastes amazing.

when done, add tons of plain yogurt or sour cream, tons of fresh raw dill, minced pickles or pickled peppers, sliced hard-boiled eggs, and juice from half a fresh lemon.

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adapted by friedsig from ukranianguide

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bokharat (arabic seven spice powder)

August 11, 2014

2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

mix and store in airtight container

great on veggies or meat!

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from egyptianfood.org

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dahiwale achari baingan (eggplant in spicy yogurt sauce)

August 8, 2014

Yet another recipe that looks amazing from ãhãram! Aubergines, baingan, eggplant – it’s one of my favorites.

Baingan or Aubergines – 250 gms
Onions – 2 Large
Dahi, Curd or Yogurt – 1 Cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Saunf or Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
Jeera or Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Kalonji or Nigella Seeds – 1 tsp
Rai or Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Methi or Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies – 2
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Amchur or Dried Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
Hing or Asafoetida – A Large Pinch
Oil – 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Salt to Taste
Method

In a large vessel, create a marinade by mixing ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil.
Cut the eggplant into 1/2″ pieces.
Mix the eggplant pieces well with the marinade.
Set aside for 10 minutes.
Peel and slice the onions into thin long pieces.
In a wok or kadhai, heat 1 tbsp oil.
Add the marinated aubergine pieces and stir-fry till the aubergine just starts to turn soft.
Take out the aubergines and set aside.
To the same wok, add the remaining oil.
Add mustard, fennel, nigella, cumin, and fenugreek seeds.
Stir-fry for a minute or till the seeds start to pop.
Add the sliced onions and slit green chillies.
Stir-fry till the onions are transparent & turn off heat.
Add asafoetida, garam masala and amchur powder.
Mix well.
Beat and add the yogurt to the fried onions.
Mix & add remaining ingredients.

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from ãhãram!

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dal fry (lentils punjabi-style)

August 7, 2014

This recipe is from from ãhãram!

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yellow lentils/tuvar dal/pigeon peas/gandules – 1 Cup
Tomato – 1 Medium
Onion – 1 Medium
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – 2
Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Salt to Taste
Fresh Coriander for Garnish

Boil 1 c lentils in 2 c water. Or, soak the Tuvar Dal in 2 Cups water for about 30 to 60 minutes and pressure cook the dal for 4 whistles.
With a heavy ladle, mash the dal completely.
Chop the tomato into fine pieces.
Chop the onion into 1/2″ pieces.
Chop the green chillies into fine pieces.
In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the oil.
Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
Add the onion pieces and fry till transparent.
Add the tomato pieces and stir fry till the tomato pieces are soft.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the green chillies, red chilli powder, and turmeric.
Stir fry for 2 minutes.
Add the mashed dal, salt, and 1/2 cup water to the onion-tomato mix.
Mix well and let cook for about 5 minutes.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with jeera rice or rotis.

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from ãhãram (great blog – highly recommended)

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