• Tibetan Stovetop Bread - Balep Korkun
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    Tibetan Stovetop Bread

    Once upon a time, I lived next door to the Dalai Lama. I was studying abroad, and a research project led me to Dharamsala, a Tibetan enclave in Northern India. I rented a house with a few other students. When we arrived, we were shocked to see that the Dalai Lama’s palace was right next door. Despite being neighbors, I saw him only once. He waved from his car. Although I still chuckle at this brush with spiritual fame, the real gem of my time in Dharamsala was the food. Each day there, I discovered some new and delicious Tibetan delicacy. I devoured endless street dumplings, rich stews, and pillowy steamed breads. Tibetan…

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    Albanian Peppers and Cream

    I spent my newlywed years in Kosovo, so the country will always have a special place in my heart. And, of course, my stomach. I have many favorite recipes from the region, but peppers and cream (or in AlbanianΒ speca me mΓ€ze) is the easiest to make abroad. It only takes 30 minutes to throw together, and it’s great for capturing the spirit of Albanian hospitality. If you’ve never had Balkan food before, you’re in for a treat! They’re masters of comfort food that is somehow fresh and rich at the same time. In this recipe, crisp peppers mix with farm-fresh cream to make a cozy dip. Serve it with French bread or pita…

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    The Best Gluten-Free French Bread

    Before I got sick, I was an avid baker. I made breads, pies, pastries, and even a wedding cake once. I also lived in France, where I ate the best bread in the world on a daily basis.Β  When developed Chronic Fatigue, I was terrified that I’d have to give up gluten. I tried a bunch of diets to try to heal my symptoms, and I was so relieved when going gluten-free didn’t help.Β My beloved carbs were saved! However, I still taught myself to bake gluten-free because my sister IS highly sensitive to gluten. Cutting out gluten was a game-changer for her health. I don’t believe food restrictions should keep anyone from enjoying…