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Nestled between Belgium, Germany, and the North Sea, the Netherlands is the proper name for the country that many mistakenly call “Holland.” In fact, the term “Holland” only applies to two of the nation’s 12 provinces. Further complicating matters, the English word for people from the Netherlands, and the country’s language, is “Dutch.” Considering about 10% of the world’s exported vegetables are grown in the Netherlands, it’s no surprise that the Dutch eat a lot of greens. A typical dinner might be a stew of potatoes mashed with endive, kale, or carrots, served up with a side of sausage. During colder months, a pea soup called snert is frequently eaten with rye bread. Come snack time, the Dutch often reach for a sweet or salty licorice called drop, or patat, french fries dipped in mayonnaise or peanut sauce. Another unusual Dutch treat is raw herring, slid into one’s mouth by the tail. Due to Dutch colonial history, Indonesian influence is commonly found in cuisine across the Netherlands. The Indonesian feast rijsttafel, numerous small dishes mixed with rice, is especially popular.

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Home Town: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Living In: Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
About me: im an international student in Netherlands, i start cooking because of moving out of my house to start my study. as an international student, many friends asked me to cook typical…


Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Living In: Long Island, New York, USA
About me: I am a meat and potatoes kind of person who doesn't want to eat meat and potatoes all the time. I was raised to try everything at least twice, although I have my limits (boiled e…
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Home Town: Hoofddorp, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

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Pretty good, and I like new ways to use garbanzo beans. More feta is welcome, and instead of...

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I made this last night for me and my son (7 years old, hence the shoestring fries as a side)...

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