Experimentation draws many people to cooking. Amateur cooks who are passionate about food can't wait for the opportunity to prepare a meal that strays from the norm while testing their culinary skills.
In 2016, more than 111 million viewers in the United States tuned in to watch the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. The viewership numbers are even more impressive when international figures are added.
Slow cooking has become very popular in recent years. The convenience of slow cooking, which allows home cooks to begin preparing meals in the morning or afternoon and then enjoy a delicious dinner without having to put in much work after a day at the office, no doubt plays a big role in that popularity.
Hosting friends and family during the holiday season is no small task, and hosts often place a great emphasis on what to feed their guests. Guests might expect traditional holiday fare like turkey, the go-to entrée when sitting down for family meals. But before the big dinner, hosts can take steps to surprise their guests with something unique, such as the following recipe for "Cowboy Cookies" from Bob Blumer's "Surreal Gourmet Bites" (Chronicle Books). A slice of tenderloin sandwiched between caramelized yams, this delicious concoction is sure to stir up some conversation among your guests this holiday season.
As warm weather slowly turns cold, certain dishes that don't make much sense serving during the summer start to sound more appealing. Potpie is one such dish. Cooks who want to try something new with potpie can try the following recipe for "Tortellini & Pancetta Potpie" from Elinor Klivans' "Potpies: Yumminess in a Dish" (Chronicle Books).
Enjoying the cuisine of other countries is a popular reason to travel. Many foodies have found their love of food has taken them overseas, opening doors not only to international cuisine but international culture as well.
For those who can't afford or find the time to travel abroad, it's easy to bring the cuisines of other cultures into your own home. Doing so can still shed light on other cultures while also turning dinner time into something to look forward to. Those interested in learning about Spanish cuisine should consider the following recipe for "Sage and Canela-Rubbed Lamb Chops With Grilled Peaches" from James Campbell Caruso's "Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain" (Gibbs Smith).
Indian cuisine is known the world over for its flavorful and often spicy dishes. But not every Indian dish is overwhelmingly spicy. For those who want the flavor but not necessarily the kick of Indian cuisine, this mildly spicy recipe for "Vegetables With a Minty Lamb and Rice Stuffing" from Ruta Kahate's "5 Spices, 50 Dishes" (Chronicle Books) is sure to please.
For many fans who love to see their favorite sports in person, tailgating is as much fun as the event itself. And no tailgate is complete without ample amounts of food. Those who want to add a touch of Louisiana homecooking to their tailgates can try the following recipe for "Chicken, Crawfish and Sausage Gumbo" from Neal Corman and Chris Peterson's "Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook" (St. Martin's Press).
Hispanic cuisine is beloved the world over, and much of that infatuation can be traced to Mexico. Mexican cuisine is flavorful and can be enjoyed any time of year. But even ardent Mexican cuisine enthusiasts may never have tried authentic Mexican food. Many Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico offer only a hybrid form of this beloved cuisine that, while delicious, does not reflect traditional Mexican recipes.
Hispanic cuisine is among the most beloved across the globe. Whether you trace your ancestry to Mexico or Spain or have no familial connection to Hispanic culture, chances are you enjoy some foods that do trace their origins to one of the world's many Spanish-speaking countries.