Explore the World via Your Kitchen

Are you spending a little extra time in your kitchen lately? How do you satisfy your hunger for food as well as for travel? Easy! Cook your way through it.

I’ve curated a list of some of the most appetizing recipes from around the globe for all of us to try out. Let me know how these recipes turn out for you in the comments section below…

First, we need to start out with a drink! We all could use one right now, and what could be better than the original recipe for the piña colada, which was created in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Caribe Hilton in 1954.

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Next up is an appetizer. One of my absolute favorite dishes is Turkish börek, which is “pie” made with filo dough that you can fill with practically anything. The best kind, in my opinion, is made with ground beef. I’ve made börek many, many times, and this recipe is the closest I could find to how I do it (although I don’t put sesame seeds on top).

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Now on to the main course…and, I want it to be a simple one. I am a HUGE fan of pasta (Italy is one of my favorite countries!). The classic Roman dish of cacio e pepe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner. It literally means cheese and pepper in Italian, and the recipe only has four ingredients: cheese, pepper, butter, and pasta. Yum!

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And, for our last stop around the international kitchen, we need a decadent dessert. The French are renowned for making the best desserts in the world, and one of my favorites (and probably easiest to make) are chocolate truffles. French truffles are made with chocolate and cream (basically how you make ganache) and traditionally are rolled in cocoa or nut powder. Some say that truffles originated in Chambéry, France, while others believe that the famous French chef Auguste Escoffier created it when he accidentally poured the contents of hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks. Apparently, he realized that he easily could form balls with the chocolate paste that formed as a result of his mistake. The name “truffle” comes from the chocolate balls’ resemblance to the truffle fungus. In my opinion, though, these little chocolate balls taste waaaayyyy better than fungus!

chocolate truffle
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