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Mediterranean Fig and Walnut Jam

In Dairy-free, Food Around The World, Gluten-free, Recipes | Delicious and Quick Recipes for Real Food by Lisa Soldo-Johnson4 Comments

Mediterranean Fig and Walnut Jam is a hardy spread packed with fresh figs and crunchy walnuts bathed in a lightly sweet jam.  Infused with a touch of cardamon, the vague taste of sweet pine creates a wonderful Mediterranean flavor that pairs beautifully with pork and ham, spread over toast, served with goat cheese and crackers, as a topping over flatbread, …

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It Begins at the Table Cookbook Sneak Peak: Homemade Za’atar

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Za’atar is an aromatic herb blend that combines a variety of healthy herbs and spices to create an exotic mix of flavors with countless uses.  Za’atar is an Arabic word for “Thyme” widely used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. Although you can find Za’atar in many grocery stores, you will not find the fresh, dramatic flavor that burst from …

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Turmeric Bread and Butter Pickles

In Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Recipes | Delicious and Quick Recipes for Real Food by Lisa Soldo-Johnson4 Comments

Life is full, and the days of preserving the summer harvest to enjoy during the long winter month seem to be a thing of the past.  In the age of fast food eating and DoorDash where you can order in from a large selection of your favorite restaurants, the desire to can and preserve foods like fruit jams and old-fashioned …

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DIY Cajun Seasoning

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If you are anything like me, you’ve had those days when you started a recipe knowing that you have all the right ingredients on hand, only to find out that your spice bottle (you know, the one you need at just that moment) is empty. Could anything be more frustrating when you are in a hurry to get dinner on …

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Sichuan Peppercorn Oil Recipe

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In today’s world of global cooking, many recipes call for specialty oils that aren’t readily available in most grocery stores.  Sichuan Peppercorn Oil is one of those elusive ingredients that can be hard to find. In today’s world of global cooking, many recipes call for specialty ingredients and oils that can be hard to find in local grocery stores.  Sichuan …

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Chinese Spicy Chili Sauce Recipe | 辣椒酱 Làjiāo jiàng

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Sichuan China is known for its spicy cuisine.  Chinese Spicy Chili Sauce is a recipe created by my friend, Rachel, who was born in Sichuan and she brought her technique of creating authentic Chinese cuisine with her when she migrated to the United States many years ago. Rachel created this recipe for her Chinese Sichuan Beef.  A recipe you can find in …

Bahārāt Middle Eastern Spice Blend

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At the start of every new season, I like to make a bucket list of things I want to learn before the next season begins. At the top of my culinary bucket list is to learn to make the hard to find spices I use in my recipes. The challenging part of global cooking is finding spices unique to a …

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Red Pepper Paste Recipe

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One of my favorite things about learning to make food from around the world are the bonus lessons that accompany good, wholesome, authentic dishes. Part of the magic that happens when you create a recipe from scratch is the specific flavors that come through during the cooking process. I have found that keeping a dish as authentic as possible, including …

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Huckleberry Jam Recipe: How to Make Huckleberry Jam

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Huckleberries are a rare find in Minnesota, and there is only one vendor at the Minneapolis farmer market who carries them. These sought-after berries are quite a find since they are usually only available at the end of the summer and in very small quantities; at least in my area of the state. A few summers ago, I happened upon …