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Deliciously Vegetarian Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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Ratatouille is a tasty and totally vegetarian dish which was created way before words like gluten-free or vegan became all the rage.  Celebrity chefs have given it their seal of approval today, but this vegetable stew actually gained popularity simply on its own merit.

The Origins of Ratatouille

Although ratatouille has a French name and it traces its origins to Nice, it is a dish that has been well-loved for decades in communities along the Mediterranean coast. In many places, this stew is known as ratatouille niçoise, but Greeks know it as tourlou or briam. Catalan has samfaina, the region’s own version of this dish, and southern Italy has ciambotta. [Read more…]

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Sukiyaki, A Delicate yet Hearty Treat

sukiyaki

Credit: Dick Thomas Johnson

Sukiyaki is a Japanese hot pot stew consisting of thinly sliced beef, tofu,vegetables, sugar, soy sauce, and mirin. This dish, commonly served in winter, is cooked right at the table. It is usually accompanied by raw eggs; these can be added to the steaming bowls just before serving or used as dip for the ingredients. In many households, noodles are added to this stew.

The Different Styles of Cooking Sukiyaki

This dish evolved into its current form during the Meiji era (1868 – 1912), when the influx of foreigners made meat more popular. Before this period, most people in Japan ate meat only during special occasions – a practice encouraged by the prevalent religions.   [Read more…]

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