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If you are a fan of ethnic food adventures, and international food recipes, you’ll be glad you found this site. Please navigate through the pages, you can find some awesome recipes, shop for hard to get ethnic spices and entree ingredients, as well as cookware and cutlery from around the world—including specialty cooking implements unique to certain cultures.

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clean your cast iron skillets with salt

Clean Your Cast Iron Skillets with Salt

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When I first heard my Grandma tell me (I had just bought a new set of cookware) that, “You should clean your cast iron skillets with salt,” I thought she was joking. She wasn’t, and proceeded to show me by example with one of her own old skillets she had cooked with last night and was still on the stovetop.

Within two minutes, and with incredible ease, she turned a skillet that looked like this …

clean your cast iron skillets with salt

… into this:

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I was flabbergasted!

For years I had been scrubbing away with hot water and soap and lots of elbow grease to clean my old set of cast iron cookware. Thank goodness I had decided to go and stay with Grandma for the summer, to help out around the house while Grandpa rehabilitated from a serious surgery procedure. “Clean your cast iron skillets with salt” was ringing in my delighted ears.


Overall, the advantages of using cast iron cookware are numerous. They are very inexpensive, durable and, if properly seasoned and maintained, work just as good as any expensive “non-stick” cookware.

You can fry meats, fish, scramble eggs, make omelets, prepare a stovetop quiche, sauté vegetables, scramble eggs, heck – you can even make pizzas in them! A cast iron skillet heats evenly, all over the bottom and up the walls, with no “hot spots” where you can inadvertently burn your fried chicken. Maintained properly, cast iron cookware will last for hundreds of years, and can be passed down from generation to generation as a family treasured heirloom.

Okay, enough of why cast iron is a great choice for the kitchen. Here is how to-

Clean your Cast Iron Skillets with Salt:

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Callaloo Soup with Crab

Saint Kitts and Nevis Callaloo Soup with Crab

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Callaloo Soup shows up in many Caribbean cuisines, and can be made with or without meat. This Saint Kitts and Nevis Callaloo Soup with Crab, can also be made with scallops, mussels or clams, and either crab in the shell or just the fresh crab meat.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Callaloo Soup with Crab

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Callaloo Soup with Crab Recipe-

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Javanese Soto Ayam

Javanese Soto Ayam

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Javanese Soto Ayam is their version of chicken soup. It features a clear, sumptuous herbal broth, enhanced by fresh turmeric and exotic herbs, ladled over thin rice noodles in the bottom of the bowl. This Soto Ayam recipe includes sliced boiled eggs, tomatoes, herbs, and celery and cilantro leaves. Javanese Soto Ayam is very filling and satisfying, to where it can suffice for an entire meal.

Javanese Soto Ayam

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Javanese Soto Ayam Recipe-

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Tanzanian Pilau ya Prawns

Tanzanian Pilau ya Prawns

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Tanzanian Pilau ya Prawns is a national favorite dish. Heavily spiced, rich with unique to Africa spices and herbs rice is the “Pilau” part. “Ya” means “with”, and of course prawns are also called shrimp. So Tanzanian Pilau ya Prawns is spicy rice with shrimp. And it is super delicious!

Tanzanian Pilau ya Prawns

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Tanzanian Pilau ya Prawns Recipe-

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Guatemalan Pollo en Jocón

Guatemalan Pollo en Jocón

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Guatemalan Pollo en Jocón (sometimes called simply Jocón) is an immensely popular dish all over Guatemala. It originated within the Mayan population in that country. There are many variations of Pollo en Jocón, However, certain ingredients and methods are always constant. Chicken is slowly cooked, simmering, in a delicious, thick, and attractive looking sauce.

The sauce gets its color from cilantro, green tomatillos, ground sesame seeds, ground pumpkin seeds and corn tortillas. Depending on the cook’s personal recipe, and how much of each of the sauce’s ingredients are used, it will have anywhere from a verdant-hinted tan look, all the way up to a bright green. This version of Guatemalan Pollo en Jocón is my favorite, and includes slices of avocado as a garnish. Superb!

Guatemalan Pollo en Jocón

Guatemalan Pollo en Jocón Recipe-

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Andorran Bacalao Escaixada

Andorran Bacalao Escaixada

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Andorran Bacalao Escaixada is a classic and national favorite dish in Andorra. It is also delightfully simple to make. The “Bacalao” is the key ingredient – basically dried, salted cod fish. But when rehydrated and seasoned in this method, Andorran Bacalao Escaixada is a most enjoyable and memorable meal.

Andorran Bacalao Escaixada

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Andorran Bacalao Escaixada Recipe-

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Homemade Ghanaian Traditional Staples

Homemade Ghanaian Traditional Staples

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Three Homemade Ghanaian Traditional Staples Recipes

Homemade Ghanaian traditional staples recipes may sound odd to people who are not from the African continent. However, perhaps the most unusual ethnic foods of Western Africa are the malleable “breads” that are served with almost every meal. Most common in Western African countries, meals prepared from these cuisines are not complete without some banku, fufu, ugali, ablo, kenkey (to mention some of the most popular) served with them.

The following homemade Ghanaian traditional staples recipes are the mealtime favorite “breads” in Ghana.

How to Make Banku

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Salvadoran Crabs in Pepita Sauce

Salvadoran Crabs in Pepita Sauce

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Salvadoran Crabs in Pepita Sauce is a national favorite dish in that country. It is also one of the more popular dishes among tourists who visit the country. Pepitos translates in English to “pumpkin seeds” – and it is the pumpkin seed sauce flavor that really distinguishes Salvadoran Crabs in Pepita Sauce as a remarkably tasty and unique culinary experience.

Salvadoran Crabs in Pepita Sauce

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Salvadoran Crabs in Pepita Sauce Recipe-

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Avocado Salad Ghanaian Style

Avocado Salad Ghanaian Style

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There are many avocado salads, but this avocado salad Ghanaian style, a special dish my Ghanaian wife makes for me, is elegant and superb. The spicy groundnut dressing really sets it apart from the competition.

Avocado Salad Ghanaian Style

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Avocado Salad Ghanaian Style with Spicy Groundnut Dressing Recipe-

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