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Appetizers

Almond and Rice-Stuffed Dates

6/18/2006 meps 1

3/4 C water 2-1/2 T ground rice (you could probably substitute plain Cream of Rice cereal) 3/4 C plus 2 T blanched almonds, finely minced 1/2 t ground ginger 2 t sugar 1/2 oz butter […]

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Appetizers

Best Baba Ghanouj

3/18/2009 meps 1

The ingredient list for this one is simple! It’s the slightly unusual method of preparation that makes it awesome. If you want a more Americanized Baba Ghanouj, where the eggplant contributes more texture than flavor, […]

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Appetizers

Chicken kebabs with mint

6/28/2006 meps 0

2 T lemon juice 1-1/2 t olive oil 2 T chopped fresh mint or 1 T dried 2 garlic cloves, finely minced Salt and pepper 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut across the grain into […]

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Meat

Chicken with grapes (djej bil einab)

6/28/2006 meps 0

1-1/2 in fresh ginger 1 t ground cinnamon 4 chicken breasts 1/2 C butter 1 T olive oil 8 oz green seedless grapes, halved Squeeze the ginger in a garlic press to extract the juice […]

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Middle Eastern

Couscous with olives and garbanzo beans

6/24/2013 meps 0

14 oz chicken broth (if you use canned, use low-salt) 10 oz couscous 15-oz can garbanzo beans, drained 1 C chopped red onion 1/2 C chopped pitted Kalamata olives 1/2 C chopped parsley 5 T […]

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Dips

Cucumber dish

5/1/2007 meps 1

This reminds me of an Indian “raita,” used to cool your mouth alongside super-hot curries. Or a Greek “tzatziki.” Karen, of s/v Panta Rhei, brought it to the PSCC “Horror d’Hoover” contest. From “Recipes for […]

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Appetizers

Falafel

7/4/2013 meps 0

1-3/4 C dried chickpeas 2 cloves garlic 1 small onion, quartered 1 t ground coriander 1 T ground cumin Dash cayenne 1 C chopped fresh parsley 1 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 t baking […]

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Middle Eastern

Fish Baked in Tahini

5/5/2006 meps 0

A recipe from Palestine and Jordan, from the cookbook From the Land of Figs and Olives. 1/2 C cooking oil 2 lbs fish fillets, cut into 2-inch cubes 4 potatoes, peeled and sliced 5 T […]

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Middle Eastern

Fish Salad (Sudan)

5/5/2006 meps 0

4 T butter 2 lbs firm-fleshed fish fillets (such as cod, haddock, salmon, or bass) 1 C shredded cabbage 5 tomatoes 1/2 t cumin Salt, pepper 6 T lemon juice 1/2 C olive oil 1 […]

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Dips

Good Baba Ghanouj

5/6/2006 meps 0

I used to like this recipe, but then I found a better way to do it, one that really showcases the eggplant. See “Best Baba Ghanouj.” This version is more like hummus-with-eggplant. However, if you […]

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Middle Eastern

Greens with tahini

2/5/2007 meps 0

1 clove garlic, chopped 3 T tahini 1-1/2 to 2 T lemon juice 1/4 t salt 3/4 C water 15 oz loosely packed greens, such as spinach, swiss chard, or dandelion greens 2 T toasted […]

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Middle Eastern

Harissa (chili paste)

6/28/2006 meps 1

2 oz dried red chilis, soaked in hot water for an hour 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 t coriander seeds 2 t cumin seeds 2 t caraway seeds Pinch salt 1/4 C olive oil, divided […]

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Dips

Hummus

5/6/2006 meps 1

1 can chickpeas 1/2 C tahini 6 T lemon juice Salt 2 T olive oil 1 T finely chopped parsley or mint Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Blend the chickepeas, 1/4 C of the […]

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Middle Eastern

Khissoo (Moroccan Carrot Salad)

5/6/2006 meps 1

6 carrots, grated 1/4 C sugar 4 T lemon juice 4 T olive oil 1 t orange blossom water or rosewater Combine all ingredients and allow to chill for at least an hour.

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Appetizers

Maza (Middle Eastern Appetizers)

5/6/2006 meps 0

Maza (also spelled mezza) is the Middle Eastern version of Spanish tapas or Chinese dim sum. It’s served as an appetizer to a fancy meal for a guest, or as a small meal in itself. […]

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Bread machine

Moroccan Anise Bread

7/22/2007 meps 0

Place ingredients in a bread machine, in the order indicated by your manual, and press start. 1-1/3 C water or milk 1/4 C butter 2/3 t salt 1/4 C sugar 1 t anise seed 3 […]

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Meat

Moroccan chicken and eggplant stew

6/4/2007 meps 0

Don’t be put off by the long list of spices — this recipe is actually pretty easy, and ends up with maximum flavor for a short cooking time. It’s beautiful, too, just the thing to […]

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Meat

Moroccan Chicken and Lentils

5/16/2012 meps 0

1 pound dried lentils, cooked and drained 1 C plus 2 T olive oil 1/2 C red wine vinegar 3 T cumin (divided) 2 t salt (divided) 2 T plus 2 t chili powder 2 […]

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Meat

Moroccan Cous Cous

2/24/2006 meps 1

When we lived in Washington D.C., we loved to have a 7-course meal at Marrakesh. This recipe reminds me of one of those 7 decadent courses. 3-1/2 pounds of chicken pieces 3-1/2 T butter, divided […]

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Meat

Moroccan Lamb with Apricots

6/28/2006 meps 0

1-1/2 lb lean lamb, cut in cubes 2 cloves garlic, crushed 5 T orange juice 4 T olive oil 1 T fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 1 T fresh mint leaves, chopped 1 t ground cumin […]

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Middle Eastern

Moroccan parsley, onion, and lemon salad

6/28/2006 meps 0

1 large bunch parsley, coarsely chopped 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly 4 large lemons, peeled, seeded, and diced Salt and pepper Toss all the ingredients together and chill. This goes well with fish. You […]

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Middle Eastern

North African Bulgur Salad

6/28/2006 meps 0

1-1/2 C bulgur 1-1/4 C boiling water 4 T olive oil 3 T lemon juice 2 T chopped fresh mint 3 T chopped fresh cilantro Salt and pepper 1 red bell pepper, grilled, peeled, and […]

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Appetizers

North African Orange Salad

6/28/2006 meps 0

6 oranges, peeled and thinly sliced horizontally 12 fresh dates, pitted and thinly sliced 4 T slivered almonds or pine nuts, toasted 1-2 T orange or rose flower water Ground cinnamon Place orange slices on […]

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Dips

Palestinean Olive Dip

5/6/2006 meps 1

2 C green olives, pitted and rinsed 2 T tahini 2 T chopped fresh cilantro 1 T lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/8 t cayenne Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place on […]

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Middle Eastern

Peanut Salad from Sudan

5/6/2006 meps 0

2 C unsalted peanuts, ground as fine as cornmeal 1/4 C water 2 diced tomatoes 1 onion, diced 1/4 C olive oil Pinch cayenne Juice of 1 lemon Salt Add the water to the ground […]

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Middle Eastern

PERSIAN SWEET-AND-SOUR CHICKEN SOUP

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 large onion, diced small 4-5 T butter 1 T ground coriander 1 1/2 t each cumin, cayenne, cinnamon 3/4 C long-grain rice 1/2 C finely chopped pitted prunes 1/3 C finely chopped dried apples […]

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Appetizers

Preserved Yogurt Cheese Balls

5/6/2006 meps 1

Pour a quart of yogurt into a white cotton or cheesecloth bag. Tie the bag and suspend it from the faucet over a sink overnight, until the contents are firm. This is labana, yogurt cheese. […]

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Middle Eastern

Salata Jaza’iriya (Algerian Salad)

5/6/2006 meps 1

2 sweet bell peppers, seeded and chopped 4 tomatoes, diced 1/2 C sliced cucumber 1 small red onion, sliced 1/2 C black olives, pitted and halved (Kalamata-type, not canned black olives) 6 anchovy fillets, chopped […]

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Middle Eastern

Salatat Taheena (Tahini salad)

5/6/2006 meps 0

5 tomatoes, finely diced 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 1/2 C finely chopped parsley 3 T tahini 1/4 C lemon juice 4 cloves garlic, crushed Salt 1 T dried mint Mix tomatoes, cucumber, and parsley, […]

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Appetizers

Samak Miqlee (Middle Eastern Fish Rolls)

5/5/2006 meps 0

Serves 6 to 8 2 lbs white fish 1 carrot, sliced 2 onions, chopped 10 black peppercorns 3 slices white bread, crusts removed (can substitute 3/4 C breadcrumbs) Milk 1 egg 1 t ground coriander […]

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Meat

Seleq (Saudi Arabian Lamb with Rice)

5/6/2006 meps 0

2 lbs of lamb, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3 onions, chopped 2 T cilantro, chopped Salt and pepper 2 C milk 2 C rice, rinsed 2 T butter, melted Place meat, onions, cilantro, salt, and […]

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Middle Eastern

Shata (Hot Spice Sauce from Sudan)

5/5/2006 meps 0

According to the cookbook From the Lands of Figs and Olives, by Habeeb Salloum and James Peters, this is one of the five components of every main meal in the Sudan. 1/2 C lemon juice […]

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Grilling

Snowshoe flatbread

8/5/2010 meps 0

This flatbread is similar to nan, common in Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan. You can also make it with a higher proportion of whole wheat flour. 2-1/2 C warm water 1 t yeast 1 C whole […]

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Middle Eastern

Tabouli salad

5/6/2006 meps 0

1 C bulgur wheat 2 C boiling water 2 tomatoes, diced 1 bunch green onions, chopped 3 T fresh mint, chopped 2 Cups fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 C lemon juice 1/4 C olive oil Black […]

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Middle Eastern

Tunisian chickpea soup (lablabi)

6/28/2006 meps 0

This version is a simple chickpea soup. For a richer version and more traditional way of serving, see Lablabi or Leb-Lebi (Tunisian chickpea stew). 6 T olive oil 10 garlic cloves, crushed 12 oz chickpeas, […]