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Yvonne’s Harira Soup for Ramadan

There are so many delicious recipes coming out of the North African country of Morocco. Maybe I enjoy the cuisine so much because it not only combines what I really love the most- that mixture of Mediterranean with Middle Eastern flavors- but also because the country itself was the very first place I ever heard … Read more

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Fresh Turmeric: What it Looks Like and How to Use It

Most of us who venture into the world of Indian cooking (outside of India) are introduced to the spice turmeric in its bright yellow ground form as opposed to the fresh form which looks so similar to fresh ginger.  Turmeric gives a beautiful color to rice and meats and is a popular ingredient in curry dishes, different types of biryani and even American mustard. For this reason, it’s often referred to as Indian saffron.

I stumbled upon this turmeric at a

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Okra, South Indian Style

This recipe was given to me by a dear college friend, a Malaysian woman smarter than just about anyone I know. I think she was engineering student by day and master chef by night. She’s the one who introduced me to cooking with things like coconut milk, peanut oil and lots of cilantro. And wok … Read more

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Saute

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dish that is bursting with flavor, check out my recipe for Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Saute, which appeared in Cooking Light Magazine last winter. I came up with it one night when I only had boneless chicken breast and several exciting spices on hand. Turmeric Ginger Chicken Sauté    

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