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Hui Guo RouBy PeterHui Guo Rou, also known as Twice-Cooked Pork, is a traditional dish from Sichuan (Szechuan) cuisine, which is one of the most famous and flavorful culinary traditions in China. The dish's name, "twice-cooked," refers to the unique cooking process that involves boiling the pork belly first and then stir-frying it.
Smoked RoasbeefBy PeterThe eye of round is a lean, flavorful cut from the round primal of the cow, located on the hind leg. It’s known for its uniform shape and fine grain, making it ideal for roasting and slicing thinly for cold cuts. Roasting the eye of round at a low temperature ensures it remains tender and juicy. After roasting, it is typically cooled, then thinly sliced for use in sandwiches and platters.
Chicken CacciatoreBy PeterChicken Cacciatore, a rustic Italian dish, traces its origins back to the countryside where hunters would prepare meals with freshly caught game birds simmered in tomatoes, herbs, and wine. Over time, the recipe evolved to include chicken as a more accessible and widely available protein, becoming a beloved staple of Italian-American cuisine.
Turkish Pide BreadBy Peter"Pida bread," also known as "pide" or "Turkish pide," is a type of traditional Turkish bread with a long history. The origins of pida bread can be traced back to ancient times in the region that is now Turkey and surrounding areas. Bread-making has been a central part of the cuisine and culture of this region for thousands of years. Pide, a traditional Turkish bread often compared to pizza due to its toppings, has a fascinating history that intertwines with the culinary traditions of the region.
Fried OrecchietteBy PeterOrecchiette, which means "little ears" in Italian, is a traditional pasta shape that has its roots in the southern regions of Italy, particularly in Puglia. The history of orecchiette pasta dates back several centuries, and it is closely tied to the culinary traditions of the Italian people. Orecchiette is strongly associated with the region of Puglia, located in the southeastern part of Italy. Puglia's capital, Bari, is often considered the birthplace of orecchiette. The origins of orecchiette can be traced back to the medieval period. The pasta shape is thought to have been created by local housewives who used simple ingredients like durum wheat semolina and water to make their pasta. Frying orecchiette, like other types of pasta, likely emerged as a practice in response to the desire to transform and repurpose leftover or cooked pasta in a flavorful way. Frying pasta brings interesting texture and bit of the crunch in to the dish.
Turkey Breast en CocotteBy PeterThe term "en cocotte" refers to a cooking method where food is cooked in a covered, oven-safe dish, often made of cast iron or clay. It's a French term that translates to "in a casserole" or "in a pot." Turkey Breast en Cocotte, therefore, refers to turkey breast cooked using this method. While there isn't a specific historical origin for this dish, we can explore the general history of cooking methods like "en cocotte." Turkey is not traditionally a staple in classic French cuisine, as poultry like chicken and duck have historically been more popular. However, the concept of slow-cooking meats in a covered dish is a technique that could be applied to various types of meat, including turkey.
Chicken BiryaniBy PeterChicken Biryani is a popular and flavorful dish that has a rich history rooted in South Asian culinary traditions. Biryani is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, with its roots tracing back to Persia. The dish evolved over centuries, influenced by the culinary practices of various regions. Biryani underwent further evolution as it spread to different regions of the Indian subcontinent. Each region developed its own variations, incorporating local ingredients and cooking styles. Chicken Biryani became a popular variant, featuring marinated chicken layered with fragrant basmati rice and a blend of aromatic spices.
Italian MeatballsBy PeterThe ancient Romans had a dish called "isicia omentata," which was made by mixing minced meat with bread soaked in wine and various seasonings. These could be considered early versions of meatballs. The recipe, attributed to the Roman gourmet Apicius, can be found in the "Apicius," a Roman cookbook dating back to the 4th or 5th century CE. In this recipe we are using only one skillet. This will allow us to maximize flavor by fond which is created during step of meatballs browning. Additionally all the fat which is released by meatballs will stay in the sauce which contributes to the complexity of sauce. If you are in rush you can simmer your sauce separately while you are browning your meatballs, but you will scarify flavor for gained speed.
Kung Pao ChickenBy PeterKung Pao Chicken originated in the Sichuan province of southwestern China. Sichuan cuisine is known for its bold and spicy flavors, often featuring the use of Sichuan peppercorns, dried red chilies, garlic, and ginger. Kung Pao Chicken typically consists of diced chicken, peanuts or cashews, and vegetables such as bell peppers and scallions. The sauce is made with a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and sometimes hoisin sauce. It is often seasoned with Sichuan peppercorns for a numbing, spicy flavor. The dish is named after Ding Baozhen, who was known as Kung Pao, Gong Bao, or Kung Po. Ding Baozhen was a late Qing Dynasty official, governor of Sichuan province, and a culinary enthusiast. The dish was purportedly one of his favorite dishes.

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