One of the joys of being a foodie is the opportunity to use food as an avenue to learn about other cultures. Food can be a valuable tool when learning about different cultures and countries, shedding light on foreign customs and, in some instances, foreign economies.
When autumn is on the horizon and temperatures are about to take a turn for the colder, many families prefer to enjoy one last fiesta outdoors before calling it quits on the outdoor entertaining season. The following recipe for "Vegetable Paella" from Deb Roussou's "350 Best Vegan Recipes" (Robert Rose) makes a great dinner on the deck with family and friends.
Men, women and children of Hispanic descent have many reasons to celebrate. Many Hispanic countries trace their roots back to ancient times. Though not all traditions have withstood the test of time, some have, and that rich sense of culture and connection to Hispanics who lived several centuries ago should be a point of pride for today's Hispanics as well as something to behold for anyone who appreciates Hispanic heritage.
Chicken is a versatile choice when cooking for family and friends or even when preparing a meal for one or two people. Chicken can be cooked and seasoned in a variety of ways, and one chicken entree may taste completely different from another.
Hispanic heritage is something to celebrate. Hispanics have made numerous contributions in all walks of life, be it science, art, culture, or even cuisine. Hispanic cuisine is beloved the world over, but it doesn't take a cook or chef of Hispanic descent to bring even the most delicious dishes into their own kitchens. Whether you're of Hispanic descent or someone who simply loves a good meal, the following recipe for "Flat-Grilled Shrimp With Pimenton and Shaved Marcona Almonds" from James Campbell Caruso's "Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain" (Gibbs Smith) is a great way to celebrate Hispanics and all of their contributions to the world.
Though summer is the season for grilling, the arrival of autumn does not mean it's time to banish the grill to the back of your garage. Dedicated grillmasters have no problem firing up the grill in the dead of winter, but even those who are not so bold can still man the flames of an open grill long after Labor Day has come and gone.
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.
There are many ways a person can celebrate his or her Hispanic heritage, but perhaps no way is more indulgent than celebrating that ancestry at the dinner table. Hispanic food is a blanket term describing many styles of cuisine, so Hispanics and even non-Hispanics have a host of options at their disposal with regard to enjoying a meal that traces its roots to a Spanish-speaking country.
Indian cuisine is known for its creative use of spices, which often attracts foodies who simply can't get enough flavor or kick in their meals. For those who want to try their hands at creating their own fiery Indian meal, consider the following recipe for "Chicken in a Spicy Red Sauce" from Madhur Jaffrey's "Quick & Easy Indian Cooking" (Chronicle Books).