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African Chicken in Peanut Sauce

African Chicken in Peanut Sauce by John Spottiswood

I first had this in graduate school when a classmate from Ghana cooked it for an International progressive dinner. I fell in love with the combination of sweet peanuts and pungent spices. This is not a flavor you will easily forget, and it will keep you coming back for more!

55 votes
79516 views
Sukkan Keerai / Chukka Koora Soup (Soup of "rumex vesicarius")

Sukkan Keerai / Chukka Koora Soup (Soup of "rumex vesicarius") by Karthikeyan

This green was widely used in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu as a curry dish or soup. Though normally it is considered as a medicinal plant, here in Tamilnadu people use it as a regular ingredient in standalone dish or adding it to a non-veg…

1 vote
9301 views
Pinoy Suman sa Ibos

Pinoy Suman sa Ibos by ShaleeDP

This is another variety of 'suman'. What I grew up with is the other type of suman but this is just as good, presented in a different packaging.

1 vote
11228 views
Vanilla Custard Sauce (British)

Vanilla Custard Sauce (British) by Marlin Rinehart

This sauce is served over steamed puddings, fruit crisps (crumbles), and any dessert that would be enhanced by a creamy vanilla sauce. It's the perfect homemade replacement for Byrd's Custard powder. One warning, however: 1) use a small, "thick-bottom" saucepan, and 2) cook over low heat and don't allow the mixture to boil or it will…

4 votes
10651 views
Simple Cuban Black Beans & Rice in a Rice Cooker

Simple Cuban Black Beans & Rice in a Rice Cooker by John Spottiswood

I've loved cuban black beans and rice ever since I lived in Weehawken, New Jersey and ate at the Unica Cafe. This recipe takes some short cuts and uses a rice cooker, but I still think the results are delicious. Try this under any caribbean grilled meat, fish or stew and you won't be disappointed!

5 votes
26798 views
Thick vegetable soup

Thick vegetable soup by Easy Cook - Laka kuharica

This tasty and healthy homemade vegetable soup full of veggies can be whipped up in no time!

1 vote
86 views
Minatamis na Beans (Sweetened White Beans)

Minatamis na Beans (Sweetened White Beans) by ShaleeDP

My grandma used to make this every year during our town Fiesta. She adds a few strips of Langka (Jackfruit) on every sweets she cooks. Nothing compares to her cooking.

1 vote
13577 views
Italian Spinach Soup

Italian Spinach Soup by John Spottiswood

Suprise, surprise. Another amazing recipe adapted from Marcella Hazan's Essential's of Italian Cooking. This is one of my bibles. Not only did I love this spinach soup, but all four of my kids did too! Everyone had mutiple servings. We served it with simple sourdough toast, though Crostini (Italian croutons) is what Marcella…

10 votes
24315 views
Minestrone Romagna Style

Minestrone Romagna Style by John Spottiswood

This is the way minestrone is made in Romagna. It's not a lot of prep time, but you simmer the soup for a long time until all of the vegetable flavors mellow into one mild but delicious soup. The subtle flavors of this soup are even more delicious the next day, so it is a good dish to prepare in advance of guests arriving for a…

13 votes
13594 views
MASALA CHAI TEA

MASALA CHAI TEA by Linda Tay Esposito

Spiced sweetened milk tea. Every Indian family has their own recipe to make chai, but the most important base spice is cardamon. The sweet fragrance of cardamon mixed with other spices such as fennel, cloves and cinnamon gives the tea a heady aroma. The tea is simmered slowly to extract its full strength. Goes really well with…

9 votes
18405 views
"Wrapped children" (Dominican Traditional Dish)

"Wrapped children" (Dominican Traditional Dish) by Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Traditional Dominican dish. First of all, let me clarify this dish has nothing to do with child abuse!! It’s just a funny name this dish acquired who knows why! What I do know is that children love it! This is a typical recipe of my family and traditional of the Dominican Republic. My mother created a tradition of cooking our…

2 votes
14305 views
Killer Shrimp

Killer Shrimp by John Spottiswood

Nancy and I loved eating at this hole in the wall restaurant in Marina Del Ray called Killer Shrimp. It was in a strip mall and didn't have much character, but their "killer" shrimp drew a loyal crowd. I recently heard that it had closed, so I've tried to recreate it with help from a few others who have tried. I think what most the…

9 votes
10904 views
Simple Pasta with Garlic & Olive Oil

Simple Pasta with Garlic & Olive Oil by John Spottiswood

This is a classic recipe that is so simple to make but always delicious. You can serve this as a side dish to any grilled meat or vegetable entree. It can also stand on it's own or be paired with a salad for a light lunch or dinner. It's a great, easy recipe to add to your list of staples. Using a good olive oil is key here. I…

11 votes
13855 views
MANGO PUDDING

MANGO PUDDING by Linda Tay Esposito

A newer addition to the dim sum repertoire, the mango pudding is influenced by Western desserts techniques (since the Chinese are not too big on desserts! "Not too sweet" is always a sign of a good dessert for the Chinese!). Instead of heavy cream, you can substitute with coconut milk to give it a more tropical flavor.

10 votes
29591 views
Homemade Pelmeni

Homemade Pelmeni by John Spottiswood

Unlike Oleg's store-bought, no-good, cheater recipe, this is the real thing. You gotta taste it to believe it!

20 votes
35862 views