We have a wide variety of food to tempt us here in Louisiana and many more cultural opportunities. Check out our grocery shelves to find how many more international ingredients are among the rows of sauces and seasonings.

Experiment with some of the more unfamiliar ingredients and you might just be surprised at their fresh new appeal. A package of chicken wings and a sweet mango ginger simmering sauce from the House of Tsang got me started on my cooking adventure. The sauce is in an easy-to-open package, found in the Chinese/Thai section of local grocery stores or check the international aisle.

The sauce can be used in a stir-fry or as a simmering sauce. I decided to try it slow-cooked. The mango ginger flavor was perfect with the chicken. While I served my wings over a bed of chow mein noodles, you might try it over rice, quinoa or other grains.

The point is to broaden the food horizon every so often. It’s easier to do than we think.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay6122@gmail.com.