Recipes by Eva Thorne

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Nigeria: Jollof Rice

Nigeria: Jollof Rice by Eva Thorne

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Nigerian jollof rice

Nigerian jollof rice by Eva Thorne

This staple rice dish is found all over West Africa, although many Nigerians claim that their country is its originator. It is cooked in a mixture of hot peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, chicken stock and spices. It comes out a lovely light reddish-orange (from the addition of curry powder) and can be as mild or spicy as you…

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Curried Chicken Thighs

Curried Chicken Thighs by Eva Thorne

I looked in my refrigerator, trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I had already defrosted chicken thighs. I pulled out potatoes,cauliflower,onion and cilantro -- perfect for making a nice curry.Not all curries are the same, of course. And the taste depends on the combination of spices used in the curry powder. Over the…

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Korean Meat Dumpling Soup

Korean Meat Dumpling Soup by Eva Thorne

Korean Meat Dumpling SoupYou would not know this from the blogs that I post, but Korean is probably my favorite cuisine. I love the cleanness of the flavors that combine so beautifully with red chili-derived heat. That's why I find it a bit perverse that I have never once tried to make a Korean dish! Nor can I offer any real reason…

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Indonesian Beef Rendang

Indonesian Beef Rendang by Eva Thorne

Indonesian Beef RendangAs you know from the majority of my blog posts, I'm a lover of southeast Asian cuisine. What can beat coconut milk, lemongrass and pungent spices? I particularly like coconut milk-based curries, which are found throughout the region.When I was in Malaysia, my friends took me to an Indonesian restaurant. I had…

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto by Eva Thorne

Butternut Squash RisottoOnce I overcame my initial fear of making risotto, I became a convert! My go to recipe became a risotto that features spinach, bacon, gongonzola cheese and mushrooms -- definitely a winning combination. I mastered the recipe and was able to make it from memory.There was just one problem. I got bored!I wanted to…

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Making Naan

Making Naan by Eva Thorne

Making NaanIf at first you don't succeed try, try again, right?Are there any naan lovers out there? When I go to Indian restaurants, I'm as interested in the light, airy flat bread as I am the entrees.So I decided to make it myself. I chose a recipe from what I thought was a reputable cookbook that highlighted various Asian cuisines.…

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Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olive

Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olive by Eva Thorne

Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and OliveThis is my third post on Moroccan cuisine. The first was harira, a popular dish many Moroccans use to break the Ramadan fast. (That post was picked up by WBUR's online site: It is a hearty stew…

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes by Eva Thorne

Caramel Apple CupcakesI like to feature apples during the fall. There are lots of ways to enjoy them beyond the traditional apple pie. So I started flipping through my cookbook collection to find inspiration, which eventually came from Baking . . . Made Simple. I found the small cookbook at Marshall's, which often has great, cheap…

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Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons by Eva Thorne

Preserved LemonsYou can tell from my blog that I tend to gravitate toward cuisines and dishes that feature rich spice palettes. Southeast Asian and South Asian cuisines certainly qualify on that score, as does Moroccan cuisine.A few weeks back I featured a great recipe on harira…

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