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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/02/10/171663336/meet-the-calas-a-new-orleans-treat-that-helped-free-slaves?sc=tw&cc=share It’s Mardi Gras, and down in New Orleans, the King Cakes, beignets and other gustatory delights are flowing freely. But if you prefer your culinary temptations with a side of history, allow me to introduce you to the calas, a Creole rice fritter with a storied past. Never heard…

The Toston Burger, which substitutes fried plantains for the bun. Ahmad once cooked Toston burgers on “The Today Show” for Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to rave reviews.“Serving shredded beef between plantains is a traditional dish in the Caribbean,” Ahmad says. “When our sales were terrible in the beginning,…

The mention of curry tends to conjure up images of such colorful places as India, Thailand, Indonesia and the Caribbean and spicy and flavorful dishes like Chicken Vindaloo, Curry Coconut Shrimp or Chicken Tikka Masala. Curry can be found in powder or paste form from Africa, the Caribbean, England, India,…