This dish transports my foodie mind back to Thailand. One of the first things introduced to us was a welcome snack called Miang kham. The base is a betel nut leaf and piled onto the leaf are fried shallots, ginger, toasted coconut flakes, garlic, lime, peanuts, chopped chili peppers, and topped with a drizzle of palm syrup. Then carefully wrapped up and popped into your mouth. Talk about an explosion of tastes! I can easily scoff down 6 they’re that good. Continue Reading →
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The culinary snoop in me wonders if this well-known classic Italian dish originated in Italy or the USA. Turns out it’s all American! Italians from 1890 to 1920 emigrated to America by the millions. These impoverished immigrants (some on the brink of starvation) went from spending 75 percent of their income on food in Italy to only 25 percent of their income on food in America. With more money came more food. Continue Reading →
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