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Celebrate Community: Kimiko

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Kimiko has worked in the front end department at our West 7th store for four years, and has been teaching Japanese cooking classes at Mississippi Market for the last several years.

Kimiko grew up on the semitropical islands in Okinawa prefecture. It is located at the southern end of Japan and is known for longevity and its healthy diet. The base of her cooking is Okinawan, which has heavy influences from both Chinese and Japanese cooking. However, Kimiko lived in Tokyo for more than 12 years from her college years where she fell in love with a variety of Japanese food and started cooking and learning about Japanese food extensively. Now, she primarily cooks Japanese food at home and occasionally Okinawan.

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Celebrate Community: Victor

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Victor has worked for Mississippi Market for 9 years now, most recently as the Produce Manager at our East 7th store. Having just returned from a visit home to the Philippines, Victor shared a recipe for pinakbet – a popular dish to serve at any Filipino gathering. Victor recommends substituting tofu for the pork belly as an easy way to make this dish vegetarian.

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Celebrate Community: America

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

America has worked in the housekeeping department at Mississippi Market for over five years and with her contagious smile and friendly presence is beloved by staff and shoppers alike. Originally from El Salvador, America’s passion has always been cooking and sharing her delicious food with others. The secret ingredient that makes her recipes taste so good is “el amor,” a little love! America’s Salvadoran pupusas with curtido recipe is sure to be a favorite as it is one of the most popular dishes in El Salvador. America explains that nearly everywhere you go in El Salvador you can find a pupuseria selling a wide variety of pupusas from simply cheese-filled to “la revuelta,” the most popular pupusa, filled with cheese, beans, and shredded pork.

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Celebrate Community: Ebele

As part of our Celebrate Community series, we are celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our very own staff members at Mississippi Market.

Ebele has worked in the human resources department at Mississippi Market for three years now. Originally from Nigeria, Ebele has lived in Minnesota with her family for the last five years. She has a strong love of food and cooking, especially spicy food! Ebele shared with us a recipe for Jollof Rice. It is a dish that is eaten in many West African countries but is very popular in Nigeria – so popular that you will find it at virtually every occasion!

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Celebrate Community: Libya

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Libya. Food is one of the most important activities of any Libyan family, so emphasized that there is a Libyan saying: one must eat well. 

Today’s feature recipe is a popular, easy to make dish – curried turkey legs. Following this recipe, you can achieve the taste of a curried leg of lamb for about a quarter of the price.

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Celebrate Community: Yemen

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today, we’re highlighting a cultural food tradition from Yemen.

Traditional Yemeni food staples include lamb, chicken, rice, potatoes, eggs, freshly baked flatbreads, and ground spices such as cumin, cardamom, and turmeric. Though typically thought of as originating from Israel and northern Africa, shakshouka is a dish enjoyed by many Middle Eastern countries. Try our take on this scrumptious dish with zhoug, a Yemeni green sauce made with herbs and chili peppers, for a refreshing twist on a classic one-skillet meal.

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Celebrate Community: Iran

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Iran.

Iranian food is delicious, fresh and focused on local ingredients. Iranian cuisine is full of grains, fruits, and vegetables and often highlights meals with contrasting flavors. Rice, or berenj, is a staple in many dishes made in Iran. This recipe uses both rice and cabbage as a side dish or filling meal.

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Celebrate Community: Syria

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Syria.

The Syrian cooking tradition is one of the oldest in the world. Syrian cooking ingredients are varied and dishes are full of hearty flavors and aromatic spices.

Today’s feature recipe, Sayadieh, is a sensational dish of fish with spiced rice and caramelized onions from the Syrian coast on the Mediterranean. The rice is cooked with caramelized onion and fragrant spices, then topped with the seared fish and more caramelized onions.

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Celebrate Community: Sudan

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Sudan.

Sudan is as diverse and colorful in its cuisine and dietary traditions as its climate. The cuisine is a blend of many backgrounds and cultures, and Central Sudan is home to the most diverse food traditions. One dietary staple is a type of bread called kisra – a thin fermented bread made of durra or corn, and is often served with a stew.

Another popular dish served in Sudan is ful medames (also spelled foul medames) – a recipe made with cooked and mashed fava beans. It is both flavorful and nutritious!

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Celebrate Community: Iraq

At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting cultural food traditions from Iraq, a country whose cuisine staples include goat, lamb, and chicken; grains such as bulgar wheat, barley, and rice; fresh vegetables; and an array of aromatic spices. We highly recommend trying the following two vegetarian recipes for fresh fattoush and tabbouleh. These salads go great with homemade hummus, falafel, lamb meatballs, and chicken or beef kabobs and gyros.

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