FOOD 101: Bao, Filled Steamed Buns From China

August 22nd is National Bao Day, a relatively newly-established holiday reflecting the increased availability of bao in the U.S. Baozi, called bao for short (and pronounced like bow-wow), is a traditional Chinese steamed filled bun (photo #1). Bao are served at restaurants as appetizers, made at home, and sold by street vendors. You’ll find them…
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BASTILLE DAY: 25 Favorite French Foods

[1] Bouillabaisse, a fish soup or stew from Marseille (photo courtesy Mackenzie Ltd). [2] Escargots, a delicacy of snails in garlic and parsley butter (photo courtesy Williams Sonoma). [3] Tarte tatin (photo courtesy Taste.com.au). [4] Ratatouille with a fried egg (photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers).   July 14th is Bastille Day, the national day of…
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RECIPE: Tom Yum Soup From Thailand

[1] Tom yum, a spicy Thai soup, is good in both hot and cold weather (photo courtesy Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [2] Lemongrass (photo courtesy Park Seed). [3] Kaffir limes and leaves (photo courtesy Dilly Dally Orchard). [4] Galangal is an Asian plant in the ginger family, an aromatic rhizome that is widely used…
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FOOD FUN: Combine Two Popular Dips, Hummus & Tzatziki

Hummiki: a blend of hummus and tzatziki (photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog). [2] We regularly mix other ingredients into hummus (here, butternut squash. So why not tzatziki (photo Good Eggs)? [3] Tzatziki: yogurt, chopped cucumbers and seasonings (photo courtesy Cava Grill). [4] One of our favorite starters: a mezze plate (photo courtesy Good…
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