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Summer Youvetsi — Καλοκαιρινό Γιουβέτσι

Summer Youvetsi — Καλοκαιρινό Γιουβέτσι

Here’s a summery, light take on the traditional Greek dish Youvetsi (lamb baked in a tomato sauce with orzo). I’ve taken some chicken thighs (the skin of which I removed to keep things light), seasoned them with a sprinkling of Sweet Smoked Paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper and simmered them with fresh bell pepper, onion, garlic and a juicy red tomato. A healthy dose of fresh parsley livens it all up and creamy orzocooked directly in the tomato sauce tops off this healthy dish. Try this and I promise you that in no time at all you’ll have a
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Moroccan Temrika Meslalla — Garlic Beef with Cracked Green Olives

Moroccan Temrika Meslalla — Garlic Beef with Cracked Green Olives

I ordered a Moroccan cookbook, Cooking at the Kasbah by Kitty Morse, last week and after impatiently waiting a whole three days for it to be delivered, it finaly arrived and I eagerly thumbed through its pages the second it did. The following day, I didn’t hesitate to try my hand at the first recipe that caught my eye: Temrika Meslalla or Garlic Beef with Cracked Green Olives. Moroccan cuisine is extremely diverse with notable Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean and Arab influences. Temrika Meslalla, it is said, is a dish typically served on the eve of the Sabbath
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Orecchiette “Paella” with Sausage and Clams

Orecchiette “Paella” with Sausage and Clams

I was sure I’d created a winning recipe. But it was not to be … You see Johnsonville was running a contest in partnership with Tastespotting earlier this fall and I submitted this Orecchiette “Paella” with Italian Sausage recipe to them and although I still think it’s a winner, it didn’t make the cut. No worries. But I do hope I can persuade you to try it soon.
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Two Bean and Sausage Cassoulet

Two Bean and Sausage Cassoulet

I’ve mentioned before all those beans I received from Marx Foods, right? So many beans, so little time … I put these beauties to great use again in this amazing Cassoulet.
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Tomato Sauce with Bittersweet Spanish Paprika and Spanish Olives over Spaghetti

Tomato Sauce with Bittersweet Spanish Paprika and Spanish Olives over Spaghetti

I’ve been ogling many of the products on La Tienda for months … Jamon Serrano, Jamon Iberico, Chorizo, Manchego Cheese, Olives, Paprika, Paella Rice, Saffron. Kids may be in paradise surrounded by gumballs and lollipops but my eyes widen and my heart races whenever I visit this site chock full of artisanal Spanish food products. Seriously, I feel woozy and a little more lightheaded with each and every click on this site.
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Gemista / Γεμιστά — Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers

Gemista / Γεμιστά — Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers

Gemista is a staple dish in many a Greek household. I make them pretty regularly and rarely deviate from the simple rice/tomato/herb stuffing such as the one I used here. I’ve also made them with a mushroom filling and you can of course make them with any variation of stuffing your heart (or stomach rather) desires. When tomatoes are in season, of course, I love filling big juicy beefsteaks alongside plump red and green bell peppers.

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