Resolve to give your cooking a bold makeover in 2014

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(StatePoint) Bored with your everyday cooking? This New Year, resolve to give your meals an exuberant makeover. You won’t even need to look across an ocean for bold flavor inspiration from other cuisines. You can start at home, say experts.

“American cuisine has been crafted from the stupendous ingredients, flavors and dishes derived from all people who have stepped upon its shore — east to west, northern tip to southern gulf. All of it has merged into a single fabulous, kaleidoscopic menu,” says Susanna Hoffman, anthropologist and food writer and co-author of the new book, “Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors.”

Hoffman, along with long-time cooking collaborator and co-author Victoria Wise, are encouraging home chefs to highlight the range of bold flavors of the American melting pot in their cooking — whether they are making a traditional classic or incorporating new styles, tastes and trends.

A new year is a perfect opportunity to try new things in the kitchen.

Try the included recipe for “Lamb Chops with Scallions in Cola Glaze,” which celebrates a ubiquitous, truly all-American product and repurposes it for the main meal.

Lamb Chops with Scallions

in Cola Glaze


• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

• 8 lamb shoulder or sirloin chops

• Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 6 bunches scallions, white and light green parts only, cut lengthwise into thin strips

• 1 1/2 cups regular Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola

• 3 teaspoons anise seeds


• Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a sauté pan large enough to hold the chops without crowding. Sprinkle the chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Add them to the pan and sauté until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.

• Add the scallions, cola and anise seeds to the pan and continue cooking, turning three times until almost all the liquid disappears and the chops are glazed on both sides and still pink in the centers, about 8 minutes altogether.

• To serve, arrange the chops on a platter; heap the scallions on top and pour the remaining pan juices over all. Serve right away.