Travel is such a wonderful way to break out of a cooking rut and be inspired by new foods. We've all brought edible souvenirs and kitchen treats back from travel expeditions, but what about recipes? Have you ever learned a new recipe while traveling near or far? Have you attempted something new at home that you wouldn't have otherwise? Here are three things I love to make that I didn't before I found them while traveling...
My three picks come from France:
• Soufflé - I learned how to cook a French soufflé at a cooking class in Paris in a couple years ago. Previously, I thought this dish was a fussy relic of traditional cooking. I didn't understand why it might fit into my weeknight cooking. Now I do — after I saw how easy it was, and how homey and deliciously comforting a cheese soufflé really is. (See how to make a soufflé here.)
• Duck Breast - Another intimidating, rather pricey sort of food, duck is not something I usually try to make at home. But I learned how to make duck magret at another cooking class in Nice with Rosa Jackson. I saw how easy and delicious it is, and now it's my splurgey fall party dish of choice.
• Socca - One last dish from the South of France. I adore this gluten-free, crispy, tender chickpea flatbread. I would never have thought to try it at home, though, unless I had eaten it hot and steaming from vendors' griddles in the markets of Nice.
OK, your turn? What recipes have you brought back from your travels, in the States and beyond? Travel inspiration can come from anywhere new — one neighborhood away, or a city on the other side of the globe.
(Image: Faith Durand)