Cooking and Recipes

Carne Asada Tortas and the Mexican Revolution

April 22, 2017
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Mexican Entree CARNE ASADA TORTAS INGREDIENTS – MARINADE ¼ cup fresh cilantro 3 garlic cloves 1½ pounds flank or skirt steak ½ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup lime juice ¼ cup olive oil (2 tablespoons more…

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The Cuban Hamburger and Porsche

April 16, 2017
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Cuban Entree CUBAN HAMBURGER (Frita Cubana) INGREDIENTS 4 garlic cloves 1 onion 2 tablespoons olive oil ¾ teaspoon cumin ½ tablespoon Spanish paprika or paprika ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons ketchup ¼…

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Anise Bread and the Lost Pyramid of Burundi

April 15, 2017
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Burundian Appetizer ANISE BREAD INGREDIENTS 2¼ teaspoons yeast ½ teaspoon sugar (5 teaspoons more later) ¾ cup warm water 1 cup flour (2½ cups more later) 7 teaspoons anise seed 1 teaspoon salt 5 teaspoons…

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Soup, Rock n Roll, and the Iranian Revolution

April 12, 2017
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Iranian Soup BEEF, HERB, AND YOGURT SOUP (Aashe Mast) INGREDIENTS 2 garlic cloves 1 large onion ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon turmeric ½ pound ground beef ⅓ cup long grain rice 4½…

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Rice Pudding, Space Travel, and Economic Collapse

March 20, 2017
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Greek Dessert RIZOGALO (Rice Pudding) INGREDIENTS ¼ cup butter 4½ cups whole milk ½ short-grain white rice ½ cup sugar 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon corn flour ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Makes…

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Grilled Pork Skewers and the History of Warfare

March 17, 2017
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Croatian Entree RAZNICI (Grilled Pork Skewers) INGREDIENTS 1¼ pounds pork loin 1 small onion 2 bell peppers (any color) 2 garlic cloves 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning…

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Chicken Flautas and Mozart

March 15, 2017
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Mexican Entree CHICKEN FLAUTAS INGREDIENTS 4 chicken breasts 2 garlic cloves 1 small onion 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (4 cups more later) ¼ teaspoon cumin ¼ pound queso fresco or feta cheese ½ cup salsa…

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Cucumber Yogurt Salad and Submarine Warfare

March 13, 2017
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Cucumber Yogurt Salad and Submarine Warfare

Sudanese Appetizer CUCUMBER YOGURT SALAD (Salatet Zabady bil Ajur) INGREDIENTS 2 cucumbers 2 garlic cloves 1¾ cups plain yogurt ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ teaspoon salt Makes 6 bowls. Takes 1 hour 15 minutes PREPARATION Peel…

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Banana Strawberry Nut Bread and the Great Wall of China

March 11, 2017
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American Breakfast PAUL’S BANANA STRAWBERRY NUT BREAD INGREDIENTS 3 bananas (overripe ones are better) 5 ripe strawberries ½ cup pecans ½ cup butter (softened or melted) ½ cup raisins 2 eggs ½ cup sugar 2¾…

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Banana Meatloaf and Super Heroes

March 9, 2017
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Bermudan Entree BANANA MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS ½ cup bread crumbs 2 eggs 1 banana 1 small onion 1 pound ground beef 1 teaspoon ground mustard ¼ teaspoon paprika ⅛ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons…

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