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Sautéed Spinach, Baby Zucchini and Mushrooms

The season in between spring and summer is the time to make the best use of delicious veggies- spinach, baby zucchini, fingerling potatoes, and white button mushrooms. Fortunately for us, they all go so well together in flavor profiles, too. Try this saute recipe over rice or pasta. We even had the leftovers stuffed in pita halves with melted cheese. Ah-mazing…

veggies sauteeing in butter and olive oil

Sautéed in butter and olive oil

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Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos

When I saw Saffron Road’s new Tikka Masala sauce already made in their convenient new packets of simmer sauces, I knew I wanted to cook it with chicken but I also wanted to make something out of the norm, something not served over rice or with pita bread but instead fused together with another ethnic cuisine that would go well with these Indian flavors.

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Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos

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Pearl Couscous with Ground Veal, Almonds and Raisins

Pearl couscous is a wonderful salad couscous and quite different from what is normally found in restaurant dishes or alongside North African tagine dishes with meat. When cooked, t is more plump and chewy  than it’s smaller semolina-derived counterpart. The word couscous is actually a Berber one that means well-rounded or rolled which is exactly what I think of what I take a look at it.  It’s also quite popular in Sicilian cuisine, which must be why I love it so much…

Pearl Couscous with Ground Veal, Almonds and Raisins

This dish is light and perfect for a weeknight meal because it’s easy and quick to prepare and uses only two dishes- great for kitchen clean-up, although there is a bit of chopping to do so bring on the family and cook it together. To me, it’s almost like a salad in itself.

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Chicken Rogan Josh with Potatoes, Peas and Cilantro

Rogan Josh is a north Indian curry dish that is typically served with lamb. The word rogan is Persian for oil and josh mans hot or heat (some also say it means passionate).  Despite the name or meaning, I’ve not ever had this dish at the multitude of Indian restaurants, weddings or gatherings that I’ve attended, and I thought I had tried just about every common Indian dish. Maybe it’s not all that common.

Rogan Josh

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5 Tips to Create Your Very Own Moroccan Escape at Home

Lately I’ve been quite reminisce about my trip to Tangiers, Morocco in the mid-90’s. It was my first time in Africa and I’d never been to a place as exotic and strikingly different from the U.S. or Europe. The flavors, colors and scents were ones I felt instantly comfortable with and the intricate designs and deep-colored decor using uniquely Moroccan textiles have been a love of mine ever since.  So, I enlisted my friends over at Sakina Design, the dynamic and creative duo of Jontie and Pik, who agreed to share their expertise with all of us about how we can create our own Moroccan getaway no matter where we live…

Morocco has a certain allure to it. From its beautiful beaches and breath-taking deserts, to it’s friendly people and delicious cuisine. As a result, it’s a favorite vacation destination, an exotic retreat from our modern hectic lives.

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Arugula and White Cheddar Frittata

During my college years, I had a small patch of land in my back yard and would often make nice homemade meals for my younger cousin who lived in the dorms. Coming from Sicily just a few years earlier and craving a taste of home, she was so excited to see that there was an opportunity to have some freshly grown produce that was definitely not available in the cafeteria or grocery stores nearby.  When she asked me to grow some arugula, I was intrigued by something I’d never grown before and so planted it for us to enjoy, and enjoy we did that year…

 It really can’t be easier than simply putting everything in a bowl and mixing it together

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Spicy Olive Tapenade

Appetizer aren’t just for entertaining guests. I’ve come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy by avoiding eating outside, eating junk food or not eating until one is ravished with hunger at the dinner table- not pretty. We definitely want to avoid that.

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Moroccan food, cuisine, amlou, North African, Paula Wolfert

The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert: Cookbook Review and Recipe

I’ve been following Paula Wolfert, food writer and expert of Moroccan cuisine for many years. She has written numerous books on clay pot cooking and Moroccan cuisine, both of which have intrigued me immensly since my first trip there in 1995. Her latest book, The Food of Morocco, is a real treasure of collected recipes, photos capturing the Moroccan landscape, and antectodes of the people she has met over the years of her travels back and forth to the country to study the cuisine and cooking methods.

Cover of The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert- her latest book, a masterpiece of Moroccan cuisine

Paula was generous enough to share her recipe for

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