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Traditional Foods

Food helps shape and define cultures around the world. Learn about the historical and traditional dishes that have fed civilizations both past and present.

What are Crawfish?
What are Crawfish? Description, culinary uses, nutritional content, and purchasing tips.

All About Red Beans and Rice
The history, tradition, and components of the classic New Orleans dish, red beans and rice.

Flatbread Varieties
Nearly every culture around the world has its own version of flatbread. Each type of flatbread has its own unique characteristic flavor and texture. Find out what sets each one apart and what have in common.

Traditional Foods for New Years Celebrations
Most cultures have traditional foods used to celebrate the new year and symbolize health, wealth, longevity, and prosperity.

What is Ceviche?
Ceviche is a dish made with fresh seafood that is marinated in citrus juices and other flavorful ingredients.

What is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is a type of salt cured meat that is traditionally eaten during St. Patrick's Day celebrations and is a common deli item year round.

What is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a hearty mix of meat, vegetables, rice, and sometimes seafood. This dish has been popular in the Southeast United States, especially Louisiana, for centuries.

What is Crab Boil?
Crab boil is a large part of food cultures along the coast of the United States. Explore the flavors, uses, and types of crab boil on the market.

What is Fruitcake?
Fruitcakes may have gotten a bad reputation, but there is a reason these delicious, alcohol soaked dessert breads have been popular for centuries. Full of nuts, fruit, sugar, and alcohol, fruitcakes are a decadent dessert that comes in many flavors!

What is Gelato?
Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert that is often compared to ice cream.

What is Ice Cream?
Ice cream is a popular frozen dessert made out of cream, milk, sugar, and other ingredients. Although it has been consumed for hundreds of years, it has became a popular in America with the invention of refrigeration.

Popular New Orleans Cocktails
Cocktails are an integral part of New Orleans. Learn about the most popular cocktails in town, some which were born here, others that the city has adopted.

What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a traditional holiday beverage made with milk, sugar, eggs, and alcohol. Eggnog is popular in the United States and Canada and is often served at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's celebrations.

What is Matzo?
Matzo is an unleavened bread with a crisp, cracker like consistency. It is Jewish tradition to eat matzo during the Passover holiday when leavened breads are forbidden.

What is Old Bay Seasoning?
Old Bay Seasoning is a classic blend of herbs and spices used to season seafood and many other dishes.

What is SPAM?
Spam is a spiced canned ham product that rose to popularity during World War II. Although designed as a luncheon meat, Spam now has hundreds of uses. Spam is no longer just the canned mystery meat but it is now a pop culture icon.

What is Prosciutto?
Prosciutto is a salt cured, dry aged Italian ham. Prosciutto has a delicate, buttery texture and is often served thinly sliced.

What is Tempeh?
Tempeh is a fermented soy bean product with a unique flavor and high nutritional value.

What is Chorizo?
Chorizo is a variety of heavily seasoned sausage, either cured or fresh, that is common in Spanish and Mexican cuisine.

What is Mulled Wine?
Mulled wine a popular warm beverage enjoyed throughout Europe during the winter months. Although recipes vary, mulled wine usually consists of wine, spices, fruit, and sugar.

Filipino Adobo
Adobo, a tangy, salty dish of stewed meat, is the quintessential dish of the Philippines.

Marmite is a salty, savory spread made from yeast extract that is popular in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Learn all about Marmite including history, uses, nutritional content, and where to buy.

A Brazilian Menu - Recipes For Traditional Brazilian Foods
A collection of Brazilian recipes, from appetizer to dessert, to help you plan an authentic Brazilian meal.

King Cake
King cakes are a festive tradition of Mardi Gras. Learn about the history, tradition, and availability of this delicious dessert.

Kimchi is one of the hottest food trends today and it’s easy to see why. With a complex flavor, a variety of uses, and an all-star nutritional scorecard, kimchi seems to have it all.

Jewish Food - Hanukkah Food Traditions
Fried foods like potato pancakes ("latkas" in Yiddish and "livivot" in Hebrew) and doughnuts ("sufganiyot" in Hebrew) are traditional Hanukkah treats.

Russian Traditional Foods
All about Russian Traditional Foods - Russian Traditional Foods Explained.

Polish Traditional Foods
Discover the World of Polish Food

Classic & Traditional Greek Recipes
From simple grilled foods and vegetable dishes to rich layered casseroles and delicate pastries, Greek food is a wonderful mix of dishes that appeal to all.

What is Matcha?
Matcha Basics: Production, preparation, and uses.

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