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Want to try something new this week - what should I cook?

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I usually try new recipes, make them a few times until they are perfected to my taste and consider them part of my cooking repertoire. I'm kinda in a stagnant place right now and am looking to try something new again this week. Recently, I have gotten into swedish meatballs and pad thai (which I both love so much).

Any suggestions? I love exotic food, anything with big rich flavor, has carbs :) and any recipe that can be modified to add lots of healthy veggies. What do you guys think? I need another culinary adventure.

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  1. Hard to say, not knowing what you'd already perfected, but I think a natural would be pizza. It can be as exotic as your imagination, ditto big rich flavor...has carbs, vegi friendly...virtually endless scope for experimenting and tweaking.

    1. If you have access to Platter of Figs by David Tanis there is a pork and green chile stew recipe that is killer. We served it on Christmas Eve and everyone raved. Big and rich with carrots onions and potatoes. wonderful

      1. I do a lot of cooking in general but wanted to expand into more ethnic cuisine..maybe some italian dishes (beyond the spaghetti, lasagna, alfredos, pizzas, etc). The only Tai that I do is pad thai. Other than that, I haven't done any french or scandanavian cooking (and after swedish meatballs, i'm so excited to learn). I just don't know what to try since everything I have heard of, I've tried cooking.

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        1. re: cups123

          If you like thai food, here is an easy recipe for Tom Ka Kai (Chicken coconut soup). I find this very similar to restaurants. Huge crowd pleaser. I serve it over brown rice, but jasmine, coconut rice, or rice noodles would be great too. I add lots of veg near the end (peppers, zucchini, sprouts), so they just warm up, not soggy. I also add chopped tomato to the bottom of the bowls before serving. This works equally well with various meats or with shrimp, maybe vary the stock accordingly. The key is in the balance between the fish sauce (salty) and the lime juice (sour). for my tastes I end up using about 4 limes for a full recipe. The soup is even better the next day.

        2. How about Indian:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599818

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          1. re: Stuffed Monkey

            I was going to suggest Indian... I made Tiki Masala last night, so good. Have you made any curries yet? A nice Thai Green Curry sounds great. I wish I had a tested recipe to share but someone will chime in!

            If you want to dig your hands into Italian.....you could always make some of your own pasta, or my personal favorite: bracciole!

          2. Ever tried Goetta? It's not exotic, in fact it's a peasant food, but if it's culinary adventure you're seeking perhaps you'd like to see how it works for you.

            1. When I come across a recipe I want to try sooner rather than later, I email it to myself.
              Instant inspiration!

              1. I've started copying and pasting to a word docment and then saving in a receipe file. As I have a very heavy folder of receipes cut from magazines, why not a computer file too?

                1. May be you should try COTM. You can try lot of new books and essentially cook new food all the time.
                  This month's book is "Fish without a Doubt". I am sure you already know, but just for referance, the thread has started just today:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600185
                  Give it a try!