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Add International Flair to Your Cooking

Add International Flair to Your Cooking

Look to cuisines from other countries to take basic dishes like chicken, noodles and salad from ordinary to outstanding. Depending on how adventurous you feel, use one or more of the following ingredients to add some international flair to your cooking. And to help, we have even given you a few recipes.




Common Asian ingredients include soy sauce, lemongrass, curry paste, ginger, water chestnuts, peanuts, hot peppers, coconut milk and lime. You can find some of these ingredients in these Asian-inspired recipes:


Chinese Chicken Salad



Seafood Coconut Laksa



Shrimp Pad Thai





For a taste that will bring you to the tropics, try jerk seasoning, ginger, curry powder, green peppers, diced salt pork, seafood and tropical fruits. Here are a few Caribbean-inspired dishes to try:


Tropical Fruit Caramel Coconut Shortcake



Ginger Sesame Shrimp & Tropical Fruit Salad


ginger sesame shrimp and tropical fruits salad


Sesame Crusted Tuna With Ginger Sesame Sauce





Ooh la la! Incorporate French-cooking into your repertoire with Dijon mustard, white and red wines, parsley, herbs de Provence and mushrooms. Start off with one of these recipes:


French Onion Gratin Pots



Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms



French Niçoise Salad



Latin American


Take your meals south of the border with chili peppers, oregano, cumin, cilantro, corn, dulce de leche, queso fresco and tortillas. Here are some delicious Latin American recipes to try:


Rice, Bean, & Beef Tostadas


how to make beef tostadas with beans and rice


Southwest Chicken Quesadilla



Grilled Baja Fish Tacos


grilled fish tacos with lime




Mediterranean-inspired meals often include ingredients such as tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic, fennel, oregano, marjoram, Parmesan cheese and feta cheese. Try these recipes for a taste of the Mediterranean:


Fattoush Salad


Fattoush salad


Shrimp Orzo Salad


adding dressing to shrimp orzo salad


Beef or Lamb Kebabs


couscous and kebabs




Some typical Polish ingredients include hard-boiled eggs, dill pickles, horseradish and sour cream. You’ll find those ingredients in recipes like these:


Old World Deviled Eggs


old fashioned deviled eggs


Stroganoff Meatballs



Of course, each region’s cuisine is unique, and the above ingredients and recipes are just ideas to get you started. Once you find some ingredients that tickle your palate, experiment away. 

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