It’s Columbus Day. (We’re working anyway. Are you?) As we know, the arrival of the explorer changed the world in more ways than one. His voyage also had particular ramifications on the world of food as part of a larger phenomenon called “the Columbian Exchange,” as coined by historian Alfred W. Crosby in 1972.
Crops such as the potato, tomato and corn crossed back over the Atlantic to the Old World. But Europeans also introduced significant crops and domesticated animals to the New World. Here, from our Recipe Finder, are a few suggestions using those staples:
• Abigail’s Top-Secret Brisket of Beef, which includes multiple ingredients brought by Europeans, including pears, beef and onions.
• Mushroom and Barley Soup, featuring one of the grains that took root in the New World.
• Caramel Swirl Hunks, with oats and lots of sugar.
• Salad Greens With Cranberry Vinaigrette, for the lettuce introduced to the Western Hemisphere.