Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

Smørrebrød, which translates as “butter bread” in Danish, encompasses a broad variety of open-faced sandwiches. Understated, simple, and unpretentious, this Danish national dish exemplifies perfectly the effortless and unfussy Danish sensibility. Easily dressed up or down for a simple lunch or a lavish holiday dinner, Smørrebrød can be suited to any taste. Traditionally built on a slice of hearty, whole-grain…

Pad Thai features prominently in Thai cuisine. One of Thailand’s national dishes, it actually originated in Vietnam, but was brought to Thailand by traders, and after a few flavor changes quickly gained popularity. Often served in a rich peanut based sauce, this recipe gives pad Thai a lighter twist. Lime juice and rice vinegar give the dish a fresh tang,…

With Senegal being one of the biggest producers of peanuts in the world, peanuts feature prominently in their cuisine. Naturally high in protein and healthy fats, peanuts also pack a heavy caloric weight. This soup provides the same rich, hearty peanut flavor as its traditional counterpoint, but with lightened up fat and calories. Chickpeas provide more protein, and stretch the…

Tostadas are essentially open-faced tacos. Popular in Mexico as a meal of its own or as part of a larger spread, tostadas make for a fun, interactive dinner party. Corn or flour tortillas are fried until crispy, then topped with refried beans, chopped and fried meat, sour cream, shredded lettuce, salsa, and cheese. I’ve lightened up these traditional toppings, without…

Swedes practically wrote the book on winter comfort foods- to which this recipe can attest. If its going to be pitch black and zero degrees by dinner time (standard winter weather in Stockholm), you’d better have something good to eat! These Swedish meatballs fit the bill. They’re warming and savory, and fill your kitchen with the most delicious smells. I…

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