Chicken Biryani

When I first made biryani a million years ago, or so it seems, it was a fun dish for me because it was a perfect vehicle for leftovers – leftover rice, leftover chicken, even a leftover curry. But one can also make it purposefully from scratch, creating a custom version of what you like. Biryani

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Guiso de Carne

At our favorite Mexican restaurant in town, I typically order one of two favorite items. One is shrimp Saltado, and the other is guiso de carne This is what is looks like at the restaurant. It’s tender beef in a rich red sauce – not spicy, but very flavorful, served with rice, beans, guacamole, pico

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Rosey Harissa Chicken

Susan Spungen is a name you might not recognize, although she’s been everywhere. She published her 3rd book, Open Kitchen, in 2020. It’s a cookbook of “inspired food for casual gatherings.” That’s exactly what I enjoy! So, if you aren’t aware of who Ms. Spungen is, here is Amazon’s summary of her accomplishments: Susan Spungen

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Yewollo Ambasha

If you decide to make this traditional Ethiopian bread, your life will be changed forever. I can guarantee you that. It is fragrant, delicious, and perfect for Ethiopian stews, or wats. I just like saying the name – yewollo ambasha! My first experience with Ethiopian cuisine was when I still lived at home. My mother

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Berberé

Before one can make any traditional dishes of Ethiopia, it is necessary to make the wonderfully complex spice paste called berberé. It is paprika based, but also contains onion, garlic, and many wonderful spices that add to the complexity of this unique seasoning mixture. These include cayenne, ginger, coriander, cloves, fenugreek, cardamom, and more. The

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Schug

I’m so excited! I’ve discovered a new condiment called Schug, and my husband even loves it! It originates from Yemenite cuisine, but has spread in popularity throughout the Middle East, from what I’ve read. It’s typically used over falafel or shawarma, but it can be used on fish, eggs, and just about any meat. So

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Chicken Shawarma

After eyeing a beautiful, drool-worthy photo of lamb shawarma on a blog one day, shown below, I so wanted to make it, except for the fact that my husband won’t eat lamb. So I searched the same blog, Recipe Tin Eats, for chicken shawarma and found a recipe I knew we’d both love. It is

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My White Bean Dip

Hummus is wonderful. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. But when one makes hummus, one is limited to garbanzo beans, tahini, and lemon. With white bean dips, you can add anything and everything because there’s not one recipe! You can add herbs like rosemary, or seasoning mixtures like harissa, paprika creme, pumpkin or carrots,

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Green Rice with Corn

For Cinco de Mayo 2017, I made a Mexican-inspired meal, not surprisingly. Mexican and Southwestern foods are some of our favorites, and any excuse to cook a bunch of delicious food and include friends work for us! For the main course, I served buffalo fajitas along with sautéed vegetables, plus I made refried black beans

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