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Old 07-09-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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Do you have an ethnic "center" in your cooking?

Over the years of cooking, I have dabbled in just about every cuisine there is.

Love them all.

For the record, business travel has taken me to most regions and I have experienced the food first hand.

Also spent a few years doing the home cooked "Q".

But in the last few years, the cuisines that I am most fascinated by and what I most gravitate to are French, Italian and some Spanish. I love the flavor spectrum, I love the simplicity of the dishes, I love the peasant quality, yet the obsession of the people who live for the food.

Latin American would be my next choice

Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Turkish also has major mojo for me.

The huge variety of Asian and Asian sub-continent (India, et al) also have their allures, but to dive deep into any of them requires some tolerance of heat, which is way more than fine by me, but my wife doesn't like the chili's.

So I still come back to the mid-Med European. It's becoming obsessive.

What hits you where you live? What cuisines most float you boat?






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Old 07-09-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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living in southern calif. it has to be mexican. i mean real mexican not what we get at taco bell. i love their sea food dishes. was in mexico where that is pretty much what i ate. yes i ate street vender food and am here to tell about it. it is hard for me to make as i only cook for myself. i try to make own salsa, from scratch. use cilantro a lot when i calls for parsley , etc. i love it. i know if u hate it you really hate it . i try to do small amounts of shrimp, etc. with a mexican twist. other than that it is the food of my childhood i cook most often ie southern cooking. had pot of white beans with bacon and onions tonite. would have had a ham bone if i could have that much salt. make sorta cornbread pancakes to go with it. definitely something my mom would have cooked. lots of bean dishes, chicken and veggie dishes with the flavor i remember, ie fried okra. you can take the hillbilly out of the hills, etc. etc. nothing really exotic.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:56 PM   #3
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Same here. Living in SoCal I am surrounded and influenced by foods from Mexico and Central America. We have a strong Asian influence as well and make most all produce and meat purchases at my local Asian market.
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I would have to go with Asian cusine, Thai being my favorite. I also enjoy Sushi and Chinese. I am Indian so that's second nature to me and it's like mothers cooking, I miss it if I don't eat it in a long time. Amongst European it has to be Italian food followed by French.

I was in Europe the last 17 days and this time around I enjoyed French food tremendously. I like the simplicity but elegance in their dishes. Ofcourse who does not enjoy French pastries and desserts. Same with Swiss food, simple and fish preparations were great.

I have been to Spain and for some reason everything I tried there was bland for my palate, yes even the paella. I don't eat pork and most of the items had pork so I mostly lived on bread and queso fresco - LOL. The only thing I eat which I like was the squid and the pulpo which was chewy but good.
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Mine is a toss up between Italian and Mexican/Tex-Mex cooking, with a liberal dose of Cajun/Creole. But, I'm up for trying anything.
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I also love and enjoy trying many variety of food from various cuisines, and it is impossible to pinpoint to one category. Living in Italy for 7,5 years I can easily say that "Italian cuisine" is a very vague and loose terminology, as each regional specialty, from Sicilia, Emilia Romagna to the alpine Val d'Aosta and anything in between have their highly distinguished flavours, touches and colours, and each of them carry their own charm and beauty.
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The traditional dish "SARMA" is absolutely loved in the world, only very few people know about it. It's not a very easy to make, but worth the effort. We use pork for it, but it is even better with minced veal meat.
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Here's how, for example, looks "SARMA":

checked out the site, lots of lamb that i wouldn't make cause i don't like lamb. i did see an interesting one using "hake" i assume is fish.what kind of fish can buy in my supermarket. would like to give it a shot.
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I lean heavily toward Latin, but Asian would be second.

LOL about babetoo's TB comment.
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I also love and enjoy trying many variety of food from various cuisines, and it is impossible to pinpoint to one category. Living in Italy for 7,5 years I can easily say that "Italian cuisine" is a very vague and loose terminology, as each regional specialty, from Sicilia, Emilia Romagna to the alpine Val d'Aosta and anything in between have their highly distinguished flavours, touches and colours, and each of them carry their own charm and beauty.

I definitely get that there can be enormous regional differences in any "category" of cuisine, whether Italian, French, Thai, ad nauseum.
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I also love and enjoy trying many variety of food from various cuisines, and it is impossible to pinpoint to one category. Living in Italy for 7,5 years I can easily say that "Italian cuisine" is a very vague and loose terminology, as each regional specialty, from Sicilia, Emilia Romagna to the alpine Val d'Aosta and anything in between have their highly distinguished flavours, touches and colours, and each of them carry their own charm and beauty.
Maybe one of these days I'll be able to go to Italy and distinguish between the various regions and their cooking. However, since I haven't been there, I stick by my answer of Italian...I haven't found a dish thus far that I have NOT enjoyed.
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