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A Chile Pepper Museum in Europe’s Headquarters of Heat

Dave DeWitt Chile History, Chile Pepper Museum, Chilehead Stuff, Europe, Food Travel Leave a Comment

Story and Photos by Harald Zoschke Calabria is not only the southernmost tip of the Italian boot, it is also one of the hotbeds of European chile pepper culture. So it’s no wonder that — besides plenty of traditional “hot” dishes and products — a highly popular chile pepper festival and even a museum dedicated solely to the hot pods …

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Best of the Balkans

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Story and Photos by Sharon Hudgins Balkan food is some of the most complex in Europe. Although firmly rooted in simple peasant cooking, the foods eaten in the Balkans reflect a wide variety of influences over a long period of time: geography and history, ethnicity and religion, wars and invasions, and new ingredients brought from other parts of the world, …

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Baltic Bites

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    Story and photos by Sharon Hudgins Recipes: Solyanka Spicy Beet Borscht Goulash The nine countries that border on the Baltic Sea aren’t known for spicy cooking. Fish, pork, potatoes, and beets, along with mushrooms, sour cream, and dill, have been the flavors of the Baltic for centuries. Horseradish was the only thing that spiked up a cuisine where …

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Cinco de Mayo in Italy

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By Dave DeWitt From left, Renate Zoschke, yours truly, Prof. Amedeo Alpi, Massimo Biagi, Marco and Giacomo Carmazzi, and Harald Zoschke. Photo by Mary Jane Wilan. Other photos by Harald Zoschke. On May 5, 2015, Mary Jane and I were staying at Harald and Renate Zoschke’s house beside Lake Garda in Bardolino, Italy. But that didn’t stop us from celebrating Cinco …

Currywurst platter with sauce, curry powder garnish, and french fries, at Scharfrichter, Bremen

The Cult of Currywurst

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Story and Photos by Sharon Hudgins What could be more German than Currywurst: chunks of sausage slathered with a sauce based on the same ingredients as Anglo-American tomato ketchup spiced up with English Worcestershire sauce, Hungarian paprika, and Indian-inspired curry powder (by way of Britain), served with French fries on the side? And now some Germans have added another multicultural …