13 Ways to Taste the Globe

By The Editors

New Orleans: Seafood Gumbo

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This quintessentially Creole stew has been cooked in the south for almost 300 years. Its name is thought to come from ki ngombo , the term for okra in the Central Bantu dialect of West Africa--homeland to many of the slaves brought to colonial Louisiana. Okra is the main thickening agent in many varieties of gumbo. View recipe here .
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Mexico: Chiles en Nogada

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This dish, from master chef, Rick Bayless, celebrate the Mexican flag in green, white and red. It commemorates Independence Day,August 21, 1821, and General Agustin de Iturbide's defeat of the French. View recipe here .
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Spain: Migas

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The Spanish kitchen makes broad and continuous use of kitchen scraps like stale bread—food which in Madrid is remembered with nostalgia as the hardscrabble fare of the years after the Civil War. View recipe here .
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France: Crêpes Suzette

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To make these crepes extra festive for a special occasion, light the liqueur with a sparkler. View recipe here .
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Denmark: Æbleflæsk (Applesauce with Bacon)

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Here's a way to use bacon in an unusual sauce or side dish. Æbleflæsk is a regional recipe prepared differently across Denmark. This version was passed on to the author by her mother. View recipe here .
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Turkey: Stuffed Eggplant

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Eggplant can fit into any budget and please any palate. Whether you stuff it with seasoned ground beef or turkey, or lump crab for a more elegant meal, it will help add the colors of the bazaar to your table. View recipe here.

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Italy: Sunchoke Ravioli with Prosciutto and Peas

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A purée of sunchokes fills these unique pasta packets. Tahini adds nuttiness, while ricotta lightens up the heaviness of the tubers. View recipe here .
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Greece: Kleftiko (Slow-roasted goat or lamb)

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A far cry from delicate spring lamb, goat requires its own special preparation. In Cyprus it appears in one dish and one dish only: kleftiko —literally, "the thief's meal." View recipe here .
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Iran: Sholeh Zard (Saffron Rice Pudding)

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This traditional Iranian rice pudding's name translates to "yellow soup." Flavored with saffron and garnished with cinnamon, it's perfect for cold fall days served either warm or cold. View recipe here .
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Singapore: Debal (Devil's Curry)

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Turn a fridge full of leftovers into something even better, with debal (pronounced "dee-bahl"), a multi-layer spicy stew that blends Western meats like glazed ham and roast beef with Southeast Asian ingredients like ginger and fiery chilis. View recipe here .
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China: Ice Cream Mooncakes

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According to tradition, Chinese families would eat these cakes together after worshiping the full moon. Today, recipes for both traditional and modernized cakes can be found in popular Chinese cooking magazines, though most people purchase theirs from restaurants and bakeries. View recipe here .
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Thailand: Yam (Pork and Squid Salad)

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In Thailand, yam is no Thanksgiving side dish: it's a salad of intrinsic complexity. This works just as well as a side as it does as a main course, and the dressing is versatile enough to apply to anything rattling around in the fridge. View recipe here .
13 Ways to Taste the Globe
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Malaysia: Masak Merah (Fried Chicken)

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Photo by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

It's hard not to love fried chicken, especially when doused in a dense, crimson chilli gravy that's both spicy and sweet, fiery and honeyed. View recipe here.

13 Ways to Taste the Globe
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