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By Elizabeth Karmel The Associated Press

Don’t toss that old beer: Make some delicious bratwurst

When I first moved to Chicago from North Carolina, I was amazed at the variety of sausages. There were polish sausages, bratwurst, bockwurst, Italian; sweet and hot, among others. At that time, the sausage that I knew best was knackwurst which is smoked like a hot dog, only thicker and made from all beef.

This pimento cheese is more than the sum of its parts

I almost always have pimento cheese in my refrigerator. It is one of my comfort foods and I never get tired of it. Like most Southerners, I grew up with it and there are as many variations as there are Southerners. The version that I make most is super simple and the recipe that my mother and my Grandmother always made.

Pastis Shrimp

This is my French-flavoured version of peel ‘n’ eat shrimp. The sauce is delicious and warrants a whole baguette just for sopping up!

It’s one of those summer dishes that I make frequently for friends and family. The dish pays homage to one of my favourite places on earth, the South of France, where pastis was born.

A tenderloin gets an assist from dark brown sugar, paprika

As its name implies, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork, and comes from the full loin. It’s mild in flavour and takes well to rubs, marinades and sauces. Tenderloins range in weight from 10 ounces to 1 1/2 pounds. I prefer the smaller 10-12 ounce tenderloins and look for those when I am shopping for meat.

Next time on the grill, consider going big - dinosaur big

Beef ribs are all the rage in the barbecue world these days.

I first saw beef ribs 20 years ago in Nassau, Bahamas. Looking for the best local food, I asked a taxi driver to take me to his favourite restaurant. He took me to a barbecue shack way off the tourist path and introduced me to the finest plate of beef ribs that up to that time I had ever eaten.

Nan Pizza is a fun way to eat the flavours of India

This nan pizza is a fun way to eat the flavours of India in America’s favourite food. The popular chicken tikka masala is widely believed to have been created in England for the British palate and is actually the national dish. But it is so tasty that restaurant diners have demanded that the dish is made worldwide.