Travel anywhere in the United States and you're liable to find some delicious cuisine distinctive to a particular region. In Louisiana, Cajun and Creole cooking dominates many a restaurant's menu. Jambalaya is one of the more beloved dishes in Louisiana, where locals know there's a difference between Cajun jambalaya and Creole jambalaya. Creole jambalaya, such as the following recipe from Neal Corman and Chris Peterson's "Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook" (St. Martin's Press) includes tomatoes and is a hearty enough dish to serve on its own.
Experimenting with cuisine is one of the joys of cooking. It can be fun to prepare international cuisine at home, especially for those bold enough to try recipes that incorporate foods from more than one culture. Such is the case with the following recipe for "Korean-style Spicy Bouillabaisse Hotpot" from Takashi Sugimoto and Marcia Iwatate's "Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine" (Periplus). Working with live seafood makes this dish particularly interesting, and the authors even include substitutes so those who have a hard time finding many of the ingredients can still try their hands at this delicious hybrid dish.
Trying various types of food is not just for foodies who dine out several nights per week. Home cooks also can try their hands at cuisines from all over the world. Those who want to whip up some traditional and authentic German food can try the following recipe for "Swabian Stuffed Pasta" from Birgit Hamm and Linn Schmidt's "Grandma's German Cookbook" (DK Publishing).
Kids have long seen cauliflower as a mortal enemy. Adults, however, often recognize cauliflower's nutritional value and can even spice up its taste with the following recipe for "Cauliflower with Fenugreek Cauliflower Sukke" from Monisha Bharadwaj's "India's Vegetarian Cooking" (Kyle Books).
Diners are a popular place to gather with friends and family for a hearty and often inexpensive meal. Many diners boast specialty items, but nearly every diner has hamburgers on its menu, and diner burgers are often made to perfection. But hamburger enthusiasts don't need to head out to a local diner when craving a diner-style burger. Thanks to the following recipe for a "Hamburger With All the Fixins" from Jennifer Joyce's "Diner" (Ryland, Peters & Small), you can now enjoy a diner-style hamburger from the comforts of your own dinner table.
Lighter fare is more popular when the weather warms up, as many people don't want to feel weighed down by their diet. Fish is a popular summertime meal for many reasons, not the least of which is that fish tends to be light but still flavorful. In addition, many meals featuring fish can be whipped up rather quickly.
Tortilla chips just aren't the same without salsa, a spicy sauce that has many variations. Many people enjoy store-bought salsa, but home chefs and foodies might want to try their hands at homemade salsa, which can be just as delicious as a restaurant-quality variety. If you like your salsa to come with a little extra kick, consider the following recipe for "Fiery Corn Salsa" from Kelley Cleary Coffeen's "200 Easy Mexican Recipes" (Robert Rose).
No backyard barbecue is complete without burgers. But just because burgers are a staple of such gatherings does not mean grillmasters cannot experiment with their burger recipes. Stuffed burgers are growing in popularity at restaurants across the country, but such delectable dishes can be enjoyed right in the comforts of your own backyard. Those who want to give burgers some new life at their next barbecue can use the following recipe for "Herb Cheese-Stuffed Garlic Burgers" from Andrew Schloss and David Joachim's "Mastering the Grill" (Chronicle Books).