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July 2015


Baked Polenta Pie with Farmer’s Market Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions and Farmhouse Cheddar

July 31, 2015

There’s a farmer’s market close to where I live where the owners bring in produce within twenty-four hours from when it’s picked from the field. I recently went there to buy some fresh tomatoes, thinking about the delicious ones I had last summer from my uncle’s farm in Maryland. Not only did I get some great tomatoes that had been harvested from a sixth generation family farm in North Carolina, I also discovered this market sells Anson Mills grits. I…

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Desserts Recipes

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Gluten Free)

July 29, 2015

The only science fair project I got really excited about in elementary school was a self-designed experiment to see what would happen if you baked cakes and left different ingredients out. (Other science experiments required more parental motivation – such as one that involved testing the wicking abilities of cotton vs. nylon socks). With the help of my mother (I was probably only nine or so), I made several versions of a basic yellow cake and was surprised that some…

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Recipes Reviews Soups

Cookbook Review – My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season

July 27, 2015

My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, by holistic nutritionist and food blogger Sarah Britton, is a thoughtful and beautifully photographed cookbook where seasonal vegetables take center stage. Britton also emphasizes whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, with an occasional bit of dairy. The cookbook is organized according to seasons, with attention to both comfort food in the winter and lighter food in the summer, but also what is available in farmer’s markets at different times of year.…

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Desserts Recipes

Coconut Flan

July 23, 2015

What could be more minimal than a simple, rich and creamy flan? The Romans were supposedly the first to invent this dish, and culinary historians have found their recipes for baked egg custards with honey, but they also made savory varieties, including one with eels (hmmm…). The French and Spanish both continued to refine the flan tradition, but the Spanish exported it to Latin America, where many countries now claim it as one of their national dishes. In Morocco it…

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Recipes Salads

Americanized Tabbouleh

July 21, 2015

This Americanized version of tabbouleh, with quinoa from Peru, lentils from France, and feta from the Mediterranean, represents the great diversity of foods and types of cuisines available in the United States. Tabbouleh, a salad found in various guises throughout Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq, consists at its most minimal of parsley, bulgur wheat, and tomato, dressed with lemon juice and oil. Some versions are made up almost entirely of herbs, including parsley and mint, with bulgur taking second stage. In…

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Chicken Moroccan Recipes

Eid Mubarak! Moroccan Djaj M’hamer Tagine

July 17, 2015

To celebrate Eid El Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, my sister-in-law and husband made one of my favorite Moroccan recipes, Djaj M’hamer. This translates roughly to the “reddened chicken,” as it cooks in broth and onions first before being finished off, or “reddened,” in the oven, while the sauce caramelizes. Our accompaniments were roasted eggplant salad, green pepper and tomato salad, green salad, and a light orange-carrot juice. My mother contributed a homemade pecan pie and…

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Recipes Soups

Persian Soup-e jo – (Barley Soup)

July 14, 2015

The month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunup to sundown, ends this Thursday. Fasting is not unique to Islam but is common to many world religions. Going without food is intended to help the faster to reflect that both food and life are a gift, and fasting can have a social justice component as well, reminding us that there are still people in this world who face hunger year-round. Easier said than done: I’ve tried fasting before, when I…

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Desserts Moroccan Recipes

Moroccan Raibi Homemade Yogurt

July 10, 2015

In Morocco, most traditional neighborhoods have a m’halaba, or milk store, where people go to drink a milk beverage and eat a snack like harsha, a savory, semolina-based pancake that reminds me a bit of cornbread and can usually be purchased slathered with butter, jam, or homemade cheese. The milk beverages they serve are usually laban, which is like buttermilk and is traditionally consumed on Fridays along with couscous, and raibi, a simple yogurt served in a small glass. I…

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Desserts Recipes

Gluten Free Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 7, 2015

  Welcome to my new blog! I have been blogging about food for years at my old site, An Invitation to the Barbecue, but I found myself posting less and less over the past few years, because I was getting frustrated with both the limited templates I had available and my own ability to capture the beauty of food with the cameras I had available. Once upon a time, I had a nice Nikon N65 35 mm film camera and…

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