Tasting Georgia – Sharing A Culinary Journey

Tasting Georgia – Sharing A Culinary Journey

Discovering Tasting Georgia
IACP Conference
Last year, I joined the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in order to meet colleagues from around the world and to share experiences.  IACP offers loads of resources besides networking opportunities.  For example, it organizes webinars and other knowledge-sharing activities to help its members become better culinary professionals.

At this year’s IACP conference, I discovered so many wonderful cookbooks.  General cookbooks, regional cookbooks, thematic cookbooks, all kinds of cookbooks.  Well, identifying and promoting ne…

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Sourdough Pizza Crust – Healthy and Homemade

Sourdough Pizza Crust – Healthy and Homemade

Who Doesn’t Love Pizza?
Pizza can be found all over the world.  Thin crust pizza, deep dish pizza, round pizza, square pizza, all kinds of pizza.

What distinguishes a good pizza is its crust, sauce and choice of toppings.  The way the pizza is baked also influences its flavor and texture.

I will write more about each of these components in a separate post about pizza making.  Here I will focus on pizza crust, and more specifically on sourdough pizza crust, and the way it acts as the foundation for your pizza.

 
Selecting Your Pizza Crust
Yeast Pizza Crust
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Sourdough Pancakes – Sweet or Savory

Sourdough Pancakes – Sweet or Savory

Sourdough Pancakes Prepared in 5 Minutes
If you have sourdough starter, you can make sourdough pancakes in 5 minutes.  Once made, sourdough pancakes can be eaten on their own, like ordinary pancakes. Or you can use them to replace bread in various savory toast or sandwich options.  Sourdough pancakes are so versatile and an easy way to use up excess sourdough starter!

Did I mention that sourdough pancakes are vegan?  Well, they are vegan, as well as dairy free and essentially fat free.  In addition, the Basic Sourdough Pancakes require only one ingredient:  sourdough starter.  Nothing more…

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How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

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Seasonal Traditions Help Mark Time
My family has several recipes that help us celebrate the passage of seasons and holidays.  We feel bound by tradition to make theses dishes each year.  For instance, we prepare Speculoos cookies for Thanksgiving and St. Nicholas Day.  Below are other seasonal traditions in our home:

In the winter, we prepare French Onion Soup and Belgian Beef Carbonnade.  In Belgium and France, French Onion Soup often helps celebrate the New Year.  It’s perfect in the middle of winter after a night of celebration.  The soup is served in the wee hours…

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Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta

Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta

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How an Accident Became a Favorite Dish
Sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration for meals when you’re cooking for yourself.  Why spend a lot of time to prepare a dish that you’re probably going to eat quickly?

Well, this past year I’ve made Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta several times.  It started off as an accident.  One day I wanted to make a meal that required little effort with the ingredients in my refrigerator.  And this dish was the happy result.

 
Red Beets
I usually have red beets in my refrigerator, as I love them prepared so many ways.  I’ll throw…

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Salmon Lasagna With A Butternut Squash Option

Salmon Lasagna With A Butternut Squash Option

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Salmon Lasagna for a Special Family Meal
Mother’s Day
Last Mother’s Day, I invited my family to my home for lunch.  I planned to make roasted baby back ribs, one of my mother’s favorite dishes, along with cole slaw, and baked beans.   Unfortunately, my father became hospitalized so we postponed our family lunch.

 
A Daughter’s Visit
Planning the Meal
Recently my daughter came to Los Angeles to visit my family and me for a month.  I therefore rescheduled our special family meal for her last Sunday here.  Since my daughter is also a food blogger, writing at Eat w…

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English Toffee Made at Home

English Toffee Made at Home

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What’s the Difference between English Toffee and Almond Roca?
English toffee and Almond Roca are pretty much the same thing.  While English toffee describes a hardened caramel topped with chopped nuts and chocolate, Almond Roca refers to a brand name for the same treat.

Brown & Haley Co. from Tacoma, Washington has been making  Almond Roca since 1914. In the United States, Almond Roca has become synonymous for English toffee.  Almost everyone grew up eating toffee wrapped in gold foil out of their instantly-recognizable pink tins.   In our home, we offered either Almo…

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Healthy Vegan Protein Granola Bars

Healthy Vegan Protein Granola Bars

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Why Should You Make Granola Bars?
Choices on the Market
It’s amazing how large the choice is for nutritious food bars in the United States.  Almost any grocery store, drugstore, hotel lobby, fitness center, or other establishment selling snacks will have a variety of food bars for sale.  For instance, there are fruit bars, nut bars, protein bars, granola bars, fitness bars, and many other types of bars carrying different names available to purchase.

Well-known and newer brands compete strongly for this high-end market dedicated to people active in sports, craving a nut…

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A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

What is Sourdough Starter?
Sourdough starter is a mixture customarily made with flour and water, yet can include other ingredients, such as organic grapes or figs.  It captures the wild yeast present in flour to create a rising agent to be used in baking.  It therefore replaces cake yeast, dry yeast, or other forms of baking yeast.

You may replace sourdough starter for yeast or other rising agents, such as baking powder, in any recipe.  You may need to play a little to find the right amount of sourdough starter needed, as much will depend on your starter’s potency.  The result might not be…

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Super Foods to Keep Health Well

Super Foods to Keep Health Well

What Super Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy
We all wonder what we need to eat to stay healthy.  Everywhere we look there’s advice on a new diet to follow, the latest foods to eat to live forever, and the required physical exercises to do to stay in shape.

All this information can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.  Fortunately, here’s an infographic created by Susan Conley at Cook the Stone summarizing a list of superfoods to add to your diet, along with their health benefits.

 

 

 

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Korean-Style Green Chili Pepper Pickles

Korean-Style Green Chili Pepper Pickles

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Why I love Korean Food Best
If there’s one Asian cuisine I love, it would have to be Korean food.  Korean dishes have a distinct flavor and spice.

The variety of their side dishes is also great!  So many to choose from! Not only can you use the side dishes as appetizers, but you can also eat them alone or with a little rice.

 
One Exceptional Side Dish
My favorite side dish is probably Korean Style Green Chili Pepper Pickles, also known as Gochu Jangaiji. They are fermented and seasoned with vinegar and soy sauce.  After about a week of fermentation, they make…

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Restaurants in Los Angeles – Reviews of Places to Eat

Restaurants in Los Angeles – Reviews of Places to Eat

A Running List of Places to Eat in Los Angeles
Lately I haven’t been able to write my restaurant reviews as frequently as I eat out.  So many of the places I haven’t reviewed in the past are really worth mentioning on my blog.   Some may be even better than restaurants in Los Angeles I’ve reviewed at greater length.

So here you will find a running list of places where you can eat and drink in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.  These reviews will not be comprehensive, but rather summaries to share my experiences to help you find new places to try.

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A Guide For Making Bread at Home

A Guide For Making Bread at Home

Is Making Bread a Chore or Passion?
I’ve been making bread for more than twenty years.  Not continuously, yet periodically in long spurts over the years.  As you might have noticed from my other recipes on this site, I love making all kinds of dough for pastries, pasta and bread.

Friends often ask why I bother to make my own bread.  Isn’t it time consuming and difficult?  Yes, I respond, it takes time and requires a certain amount of skills.

Nevertheless, almost nothing feels more rewarding than making your own bread.   After making bread a couple times, the feeling of reward will turn …

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Explanation of the Belgian Foodie Rating System for Reviews

General Comments about My Ratings
 
Rating Scale
In all my reviews, I give ratings on various elements on a 1-to-5 scale.   One is the lowest rating and five is the highest.  Below is a short description for each number of stars:

1 star:  Awful, below all expectations
2 stars:  Needs serious improvement
3 stars:  Average, satisfactory, in no way exceptional or standing out
4 stars:  Very good, well above average
5 stars:  Outstanding / extraordinary, absolutely perfect

Keep in mind that I rarely give between 4.5 and 5.0 in any criteria since there’s always room for …

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Tlayuda LA – Family Latin American Restaurant

Tlayuda LA – Family Latin American Restaurant

Why You Should Visit Tlayuda LA
A few weeks ago my son and I enjoyed a yummy Oaxacan supper at Tlayuda L.A. in East Hollywood (Los Angeles).   Recently I returned there for lunch with my brother.  He’s an aficionado of Latino cuisine and had never been to Tlayuda LA.  He was excited to discover it.

Tlayuda LA enjoys one of the best ratings for Mexican food in our area.  More precisely Tlayuda LA’s cuisine is primarily Oaxacan, thus automatically making it also Mexican and Latin American.  You will therefore find Tlayuda LA under listings for all three cuisines.

Tlayuda LA Restaurant
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Price / Quality Ratio

Summary

Tlayuda LA in East Hollywood offers reasonably-priced tasty home-style Oaxacan food served with a smile in a cheerful atmosphere. The two sisters who run Tlayuda LA welcome customers with a smile and a friendly greeting. If you try this restaurant, you will surely return often.

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