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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Niter Kebbeh

Niter Kebbeh is a spice-infused butter. Along with berberé, niter kebbeh is an essential element of cooking Ethiopian cuisine. The recipe I use, and have for years, is from the Time-Life series called Foods of the World. I made this spiced butter after the lockdown in March. It’s typically made with butter, then clarified. I

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Mincemeat Ice Cream

I know. Your initial impression of ice cream with mincemeat may not be favorable. But this isn’t the suet and minced meat type of olden days mincemeat. This is a glorious mixture of spiced apples, raisins, and pecans – mixed into ice cream. Last Thanksgiving I made the ubiquitous pumpkin pie, a favorite of my

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Christmas in your Mouth!

Okay, weird title, but there’s no other way to describe this after-dinner drink. It just tastes like Christmas, which I happen to love. I’ve mentioned quite a few times over the years that I’m no mixologist. I’ve made some good margaritas, but it seems like when I try to make something creative, it’s terrible. Actually,

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Coconut Eggnog

I happen to love eggnog. I mean I love eggnog so much that I even buy it in the carton. I doctor it up a bit with spices and bourbon of course; this photo is from last Christmas Eve. But why stop drinking eggnog after the holidays? I say hell no to that! I want

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Pumpkin Mousse

Someone recently asked me what my favorite dessert is. Without hesitation, I responded chocolate mousse. Not the fluffy, creamy chocolate stuff, but the dark, rich, almost fudge-like chocolate mousse. I was honestly surprised that I didn’t have to think about it, not being much of a dessert eater. If you’d asked me for my favorite

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Eggnog Ice Cream

What is eggnog? Have you ever thought about it? I mean, it’s a drink – a lovely caloric drink – that is very traditional during the holidays. It’s made with separated eggs and cream and flavored with nutmeg. And that’s really what it is. It’s not a flavor, per se. And yet, you can make

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