By using the Cooking Up Cultures method, you are able to cook international recipes with cultural meaning while also learning everyday language. The stories behind the quintessential recipes provides deeper meaning into the food on the table. Cooking together, hearing the stories behind the recipes; and picking up some language skills, helps you develop a closer connection to your food, the people you share it with and the cultures from which the recipes originate!
Crowd pleaser, for sure! Makes enough for a hungry crowd and keeps bellies warm with the subtle spice and shredded meat.
Delicious sweet, but not too sweet, plum pie!!!
You know this soup from your visits to the local Chinese buffet, but this is the real deal. You won’t regret eating this version!
Quick, easy and tasty! The garlic in this dish is so captivating that you take one bite of and then you MUST HAVE more!
Chicken, rice and healthy greens. This is a family favorite for both flavor & nutrition!
Fresh tomatoes, tender chicken and heavenly smells!
Looking for a crisp, healthy recipe? You must try this one! The lime soaked onions with the juicy tomatoes and flavorful nopales will make you feel healthy just looking at it.
American Meatloaf. Ahhhh comfort food at its best! While there is nothing attractive about this dish it sure is a crowd pleaser!
The story behind this recipe will make you want to try this! Not to mention, it’s probably one of the most beautiful baked desserts EVER!
Buttery, crispy and hearty! Sort of like the Middle Eastern version of tiny sandwiches during an afternoon tea.
Instead of Fruit Cake we think it should really be called Summer Veggie Salad Mold to take on a picnic or to the pool. Regardless, this is such a tasty and refreshing treat eaten by Mexicans in the heat of summer. Even with the vegetables, your family will like it!
Words that make the tummy growl…fresh, crunchy, summertime. This is a classic salad you know, but now you know how to make the real McCoy!
The smells alone will have you and your family standing over the pot waiting for it to finish. Drooling begins now.
These little nuggets of heavenly potatoes… You. Must.Try. They will be your new appetizer or side dish favorites.
Can you imagine the smell of toasted almonds (or whatever nut you like to toast)? This is so fragrant you will eat it for the smells alone! But it’s really delicious too.
Shepherd’s Pie also known as Cottage Pie is such a warm dish that is perfect for rainy or cold days. Bonus – after you hear the story you’ll be forever picturing yourself enjoying Shepherd’s Pie in a quaint and cheerful pub!
This is ideal for any occasion where two or more people are gathered. You can make it spicy or kid-friendly; make it in a crockpot or on the stove. All we know is the crunch from the tostada and lettuce into the tender flavorful chicken is beyond comforting…it’s a real happy meal!
Can’t go wrong with tomatoes & eggs, but bet you’ve never tried them like this before! It’s a super quick and delicious meal! Sure to make it to your regular repertoire.
Scalloped potatoes, but way better than what you’ve eaten before. These are the legit version from the late 1700’s and from the Dauphiné region in France.
Katayef is a sought after treat every day after Iftar during the fasting holiday of Ramadan. It’s not as sweet as American sweets, which makes it – like – a healthier option, right?
A delicious egg dish that is completely satisfying, even has a little spicy kick with the two different homemade salsas!
Great group activity with a delicious ending! Plus it’s great for sharing!
This is no ordinary brioche. If you are a bread eater, this is a treat and you won’t want to wait until next Easter to make this!
French Onion Soup is simple to make and the melted cheese on the toasted bread smothered in the onion broth is delicious for a cozy, comforting meal.
For a hot spring or summer day, try out these two different types of gazpachos. One from Spain and the other from Mexico. Both are refreshing, cool and easy to store in the fridge!
Lion’s Head Meatballs are showy and ginormous. The good news is they aren’t just a beautiful presentations, but also so delicious and kid approved!
You’ve never tasted anything quite like pickled lemons! The are delish! You will want a whole jar to yourself.
Quiche Lorraine is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This one will wow guests and please family anytime.
Quite possibly the most refreshing meal you can eat when it is warm outside. Perfect with chips and an ice cold drink! Plus your family will love the tart and tangy flavor of the fish!
A filling family favorite that you’ll add to your menu routine. Your friends and family will have fun selecting just the right dipping sauce!
This one is a super fun group activity and it is gorgeous when completed!
Hamburgers are universal, but here in the USA they are a quintessential roadtrip or family gathering meal. This is a perfect recipe for gorgeous days outdoors!
You’ll soon see why Etouffee is a comfort food of the Cajuns! It’s easy to whip up and tastes so good!
Make these in bulk because they will go quick! Perfect for lunches, snacks and on-the-go food. Healthy and delicious you’ve got to try these!
Kofta is a favorite among kids, gourmands, and picky eaters alike! Try out this quick tasty lesson!
This is a fun group activity that will wow your family and friends. These are delicious little pockets of paradise and make great gifts!
Koshari is like the quintessential comfort food of Egypt. Cozy up with this recipe and a good movie like The Yacoubian Building.
Comfort food for most families in the Middle East. In Egypt we call this Messa’aa. In other Middle Eastern countries it is called Moussaka. Whatever you call it – it is delicious!
It’s like mac n cheese met its Arabic friend. Ooooo so good! This one will be a family hit!
These zucchini boats are scrumptious! Get your daily dose of vegetables and protein all in one quick tasty dish.
Made from pantry staples, potatoes and onions, this dish is a comfort food to all Spaniards. It can be easily served on the side or as the main course.
Try this ancient Chinese version of a taco! Fresh, crunchy veggies with thinly sliced ham rolled in a paper thin pancake.
A delicious vegetable medley made famous by the French. The sauce so good you’ll want a porous loaf of bread to soak it up!
Handheld little treasures! This is the traditional recipe with pork, but you can fill these buns with all kinds of goodies both sweet and savory.
Don’t let the ingredient list freak you out – it pulls together pretty quick! Get ready for a rich thick sauce that will have you licking your plate clean.
Eating this pork belly based dish is so delicious! And bonus – you feel a tad less guilty about it because of all the fresh vegetables that go with it.
The hot peanut-y smell of this recipe is the reason your neighbors will be inviting themselves over for dinner.
You can go all Bubba Gump with the versatility of the crepe. Add whatever you like to fill them. But it is the flipping that makes this recipe so fun!
Eat these for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Prepared either spicy red or tomatillo green, this quick dish is sure to satisfy all hungry eaters.
The best after a long week of hard work! It’s a great set it up and leave it recipe, too. Perfect when you have other things to do around the house.
Somewhere between salt & vinegar chips and classic pot roast, this recipe is a family favorite that will inspire new conversations.
A Chinese New Year favorite. These little vegetarian spring rolls will go quick! Wrap ‘um up with your friends and family, assembly line style.