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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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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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Minestra Maritata (aka Italian Wedding Soup or Italian Meatball Soup)

Minestra Maritata (aka Italian Wedding Soup or Italian Meatball Soup)

It was a balmy 6 degrees outside when we woke up this morning. The day’s high temp registered at 22 degrees. It’s freezing here in New York to say the least. And when it’s freezing we cook and eat soup … and lots of it.
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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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Three Bean Chipotle Dip

Three Bean Chipotle Dip

This summer, back in July, I submitted a recipe to Marx Foods that used some petite golden lentils they’d sent me to test-drive for a friendly blogger contest and well, I won! As my reward, the very kind proprietors of Marx Foods sent me 7 large containers of heirloom beans, in my opinion “exotic” beans, six of which I have never even cooked with before. I was in Greece at the time and my husband was the one who received the package … needless to say I was MUCH more excited to hear what I’d won than he was … he just called me in
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Insalata di Baccalà / Μπακαλιαρος Σαλάτα / Salt Cod Salad and Christmas Eve Traditions

Insalata di Baccalà / Μπακαλιαρος Σαλάτα / Salt Cod Salad and Christmas Eve Traditions

For my family here in New York, Christmas Eve is always spent at my aunt & uncle’s home as my aunt has hosted the holiday every year for 30+ years in honor of my uncle’s nameday. The food we indulge in is usually a mix of typical Greek dishes as well as some Greek-American favorites: baked ham, pork/chicken “kabobs” with peppers and onions baked in a light tomato sauce, roast beef, pastitsio, roasted potatoes, taramosalata, tzatziki, spanakopita, tyropita and all the typical Greek Christmas sweets including kourambiedes, melomakarona and

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