Today Lola Loves…SUMMER VACATIONS
Different places to peruse and plentiful new foods to try, I love summer vacations. Whether you are traveling to Maine for an authentic lobster boil, Seattle for fresh fish or New Orleans for a good gumbo, the key to these tasty native dishes is the special blend of seasonings they add – seasonings that may be common in their region but exotic in yours. Things like cumin, curry or coriander can give any homespun cuisine a memorable kick.
So, the next time you are traveling and find yourself going ga ga over a particularly wonderful local nosh, ask the server, cook or chef how they prepare it. Culinary creatives, those that craft new cuisines, love to share their unique concoctions. You may not get the exact recipe, but you may get an ingredient list and what their favorite seasoning of choice, which may be just enough to get your creative juices flowing to replicate the dish in your own kitchen.
As I am a BBQ expert (heck without me, there would be no BBQ!) I love sampling new sauces and seasonings inspired from my travels. Sometimes that means a new dry rub from St. Louis or maybe a cilantro-filled homemade salsa from a diner around the corner. Either way, they get me thinking about new seasoning to try. Get inspired and try adding a new spice or herb to your own unique sauce or rub. A small change in seasonings is a great way to shake things up and add a little zip to your tried and true flavor-filled recipes.