Sweet, cool and crisp watermelon are the perfect complement to these Moroccan-spiced grilled chicken kebabs, which are glazed with watermelon molasses. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America serves the kebabs with grilled watermelon, and a delicious dipping sauce made with watermelon molasses, garlic, and yogurt. Serve with a pita pocket so your guests can enjoy as a unique and flavor-packed sandwich.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/ChickenKebabs

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Watermelon Molasses is a delicious and versatile condiment. Its sweet, floral, and slightly vegetal flavor makes it a perfect ingredient for grilled meats and vegetables, dressings, marinades and cocktails. It lasts for up to three months refrigerated, and is a great way to extend the shelf life of your watermelon! Watch as Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make this beautiful deep red Watermelon Molasses.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonMolasses

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Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us a creative take on a watermelon salad that uses the whole watermelon—from rind to flesh. This Latin-inspired watermelon salad includes tart and spicy pickled watermelon rind, creamy and salty cotija, toasted pepitas and cumin seeds, smoky fire-roasted poblano chiles, cilantro, and a lime vinaigrette.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonSaladwithPoblanos

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

True to their name, watermelons are 92% water, and are a refreshing ingredient in a variety of beverages. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make Watermelon Agua Fresca. It’s delicious on its own, or as the base for a number of cocktails. Chef Rebecca recommends adding rum or tequila! 

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonAguaFrescas

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Frozen desserts are one of the hottest menu trends today. Watermelon juice brings beautiful color and delicious flavor to popsicles, shaved ice or other frozen treats. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make Thai Watermelon Popsicles with Coconut, Ginger, Kaffir Lime and Chili. The mixture can also be frozen in ice cube trays. These colorful and flavorful ice cubes can be served in the beverage of your choice, such as Watermelon agua fresca, limeade, or a watermelon cocktail.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonPopsicles

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck makes a Smoky Eggplant Baba Ganoush Topped with Almond Dukkah. Dukkah is a delicious Egyptian condiment that is traditionally served with bread. To make his dukkah, he blends together roasted finely chopped almonds, almond meal, toasted sesame seeds, ground cumin, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, dried mint, sea salt, and fennel pollen. This nutty, savory and spicy almond dukkah is the perfect complement to smoky eggplant appetizer.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/smoky-eggplant-baba-ganoush-almond-dukkah-and-evoo

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck shows us how to make an Almond Apricot Cake with Almond Butter Frosting and Toasted Almonds. Almonds have long been a staple ingredient in baked goods, and in this recipe, Chef McConnell uses almond flour, almond butter, and decorative sliced almonds. Almonds and apricots are a classic duo in desserts, and he uses apricots in this cake to add a sweet, tart fruity contrast to the nutty almonds.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/almond-cake-almond-butter-frosting-apricots-and-toasted-almond

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck shows us a unique take on Cuban-style “Arroz con Frijoles.” In this version he braises whole toasted almonds as the “beans” until they are soft, a process that takes 5-6 hours. He serves the almond beans with crispy plantains and mojo sauce.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/cuban-style-%E2%80%9Carroz-con-frijoles%E2%80%9D-mojo-and-crispy-plantains

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck shows us how he makes Tomato Brûlée with Almond-Miso Butter and Shredded Shiso. Chef McConnell deeply roasts the almonds, almost to the burning point, to create a slightly bitter flavor. He bridges this with miso, brown sugar, mirin and sesame oil, grinding the almonds into a butter that he then spreads on top of sliced tomatoes. He torches the almond miso butter for a smoky charred flavor and tops them with shiso leaves.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/heirloom-tomato-brulee-almond-miso-butter-and-shiso

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck prepares Carrots Almondine with Yogurt and Dill Pollen. “Almondine” is a technique traditionally used to coat fish with almonds, but in this vegetarian dish, Chef McConnell roasts carrots and tops them with sliced roasted almonds. The almonds add a sweet nutty flavor, crunchy texture, and appealing contrast to the cool creamy yogurt sauce.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/carrots-almandine-yogurt-and-dill

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Chef Luc Wen at Taipei Marriott Hotel shows Chef Steve Jilleba how he makes their Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup. The rich broth is made over 3 days and served with hand-pulled noodles and caramelized short ribs. The tomato that tops the soup is roasted with beef fat and chili.

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KF Seetoh and Cathy Chao from Fim Media take us to Gang Yuan, a restaurant in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City that has been serving Beef Noodle Soup daily for the last 65 years. They show us how to enjoy the noodles topped with green onions, garlic and chili.

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Taiwanese pineapple cakes are a type of shortbread pastry filled with sweet caramelized pineapple. Open since 2008, Taipei’s SunnyHills Pineapple Cakes is known for having the best the city has to offer. Customers enjoy a cup of tea with their complimentary pineapple cake while relaxing in the shop’s quaint ambience. Here to tell us about SunnyHills Pineapple Cakes is Joan and K.F. Seetoh

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Chef Ivy Chen of Ivy’s Kitchen in Taipei shows Steve Jilleba how to make Taiwanese Stir Fried Water Lily. Water lily grows in fresh water and can grow several meters long. She heats oil in a wok and adds garlic, and the water lily, which has been sliced into 2-inch pieces. When the water lily turns bright green it is seasoned with salt and served.

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Wu Pao Chun Bakery, Taipei

KF Seetoh takes us to Taipei’s Wu Pao Chun Bakery where he talks with owner and award-winning baker Wu Pao Chun. Wu Pao Chun was awarded Master Baker in the bread category of the 2010 Bakery Masters competition held in Paris, and his Rose and Lychee Bread and Red Wine Longan Bread have won numerous medals in world bread making competitions.

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Chef Ivy Chen of Ivy’s Kitchen in Taipei shows Steve Jilleba how to steam big eye snapper and grunt that has been marinated in ginger and green onions. She adds shredded ginger, pickled plum cordia before placing the fish in a bamboo steamer for 10 minutes.

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Chef Ivy Chen of Ivy’s Kitchen in Taipei shows Steve Jilleba how to make a classic Taiwanese dish: Stir-Fried Noodles with Vegetables and Black Bean Soy Sauce. She heats oil in a wok and stir fries sliced shiitake, sliced white onion, shredded pork, carrots, shredded cabbage, rice wine and black bean soy sauce, and alkaline noodles.

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Ivy Chen of Ivy’s Kitchen, has been teaching Taiwanese cooking at the Community Services Center in Taipei for more than fifteen years. She also writes articles about food for several magazines. Here she shows Steve Jilleba how to make a classic Taiwanese dish: Black Chicken Soup with Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms. She uses special Taiwanese chicken with black meat, which she simmers for about 25 minutes with morels, shiitake, ginger, fresh bamboo, and rice wine.

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RAW Restaurant, Taipei

At Chef André Chiang’s RAW, next generation chefs re-interpret classic Taiwanese flavors. We talk with chefs and restaurant partners Alain Huang and Zor Tan about elevating Taiwan’s seasonal produce through their innovative creations. The 60-seat restaurant serves a vibrant “bistronomy” cuisine, a new wave of cooking style born in Paris, offering experimental haute cuisine at a reasonable price. They demonstrate for us how to make their dish “All About Duck”: Duck liver, duck heart, duck breast, Taiwanese red quinoa, and barley served with duck liver soup. Their dish “Taco Tako T.A.C.O.S.” is an octopus “taco” with a mini spring onion pancake, quail egg, cabbage and avocado. The next dish is called “Onion Onion Onion” made with zucchini puree topped with smoked fish, fermented black beans, pearl onions cooked in apple juice, uni, spring onion oil, and chives. For dessert, they show us how they make Mango Tartar with a Meringue Snow Ball and Milk Snow.

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Fu Hang Dou Jiang Restaurant is an enormously popular breakfast spot in Taipei. Here to tell us about their famous Taiwanese breakfast offerings are Joan and K.F. Seetoh. The thick shaobing, a sesame flatbread, is their most famous dish. The shaobing youtiao is a classic breakfast sandwich filled with fried dough. They also serve freshly made hot or cold soy milk, savory soy milk stew, scrambled egg and green onion crepes called dan bing, and flaky pastries filled with shredded radish or caramel.

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