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baharat (middle eastern spice mix)

August 24, 2015

1 dried chili
1 T + 1/2tsp coriander
1 T + 1 3/4tsp cumin
2 1/2tsp ground allspice
1 1/4tsp white pepper
1/2tsp ground turmeric
2 1/2tsp of sweet spice mix

preheat oven to 375. crack dried chili and shake out the seeds. roast deseeded chili, and the whole coriander and cumin seeds, for 6 min. cool, crumble/grind, mix with ground spices, and store in airtight container.

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from Honey & Co. The Cookbook by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer

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middle eastern sweet spice mix

August 24, 2015

for baked goods

10 cardamom pods
6 cloves
1/2 nutmeg
1 1/4tsp whole fennel seeds
2 1/2tsp whole mahleb seeds
1 T + 1/2tsp ground ginger
1 T + 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

preheat oven to 375.

roast cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg for 5 minutes, then add mahleb and roast another 5 minutes.

cool, grind, and mix together.

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from Honey & Co. The Cookbook by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer

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sesame cookies

July 2, 2015

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup well-stirred tahini
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup sesame seeds (for rolling)

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in tahini and vanilla. Add flour mixture until a crumbly dough forms. Chill dough until firm, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together sesame seeds. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then roll balls 1 at a time in seeds to coat and arrange 2 inches apart on greased or lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are puffed and starting to crack, 12 to 15 minutes total. Cool on sheets 10 minutes (cookies will be very fragile when hot), then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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modified from epicurious

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not my favorite cookie. crumbly, almost sandy texture. not exactly sweet, not exactly savory. maybe the mistake is with me – i used a little buckwheat flour and sometimes that causes a sandy texture. i usually throw a pinch in to any cookie i make, though – so i think it’s the tahini and lack of egg that causes a sandy texture.

it’s not sandy like shortbread. it’s less solid. it falls to dust when you dunk it in milk. not in a crumbly, warm way. in a silty way.

it is nice having a cookie recipe that only uses a half-cup of sugar. however, i don’t see myself revisiting this recipe unless someone asks for a low-ish sugar cookie.

tahini is amazing. i was hoping to love these cookies. i’ll have to stick to tahini almond date bites, goddess dressing, and baba ghanouj for my next sesame craving.

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chicken salad with spinach, apple, and dill

May 22, 2015

breast meat of 1 whole roasted chicken (stuffed with half a lemon, fresh oregano, and a few cloves of garlic), shredded with 2 forks
1 small package organic dill
1 sour green apple, like granny smith
1 pinch crumbled feta (optional)
1 spoonful sliced kalamata olives (optional)
minced raw garlic and/or minced scallions or onions, to taste
washed raw spinach leaves, torn into small pieces

salt to taste

combine all.

add a bit of mayo, then slowly add enough plain (unsweetened!) yogurt to lightly coat, and lemon or apple cider vinegar to taste
if dry, add a splash of vegetable stock or chicken broth.

chicken salad with spinach, green apple, and dill

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best-ever 15-minute baked beans (vegan and non-vegan versions)

May 20, 2015

really easy, fast, delicious way to switch up your bean game. you can take the finished beans and bake them in a low oven for an hour, but i think they’re just fine like this for a quick lunch. don’t let society pressure you into adding bacon and sugar. caramelized onions add plenty of sweetness.

VEGAN

saute onion in coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

when caramelized, add cooked (or canned) pinto beans, tomato sauce, molasses, vegetable stock, and minced roasted garlic cloves.

season with mustard, garlic and onion powder, clove, thyme, and smoked paprika or smoked salt if you have it. add veg worcestershire sauce if you like it.

simmer on low for 10 minutes.

add brown sugar or maple syrup if you like it sweet, or just serve as is.

NON-VEGAN

if you like your beans bacony, start by frying a few strips of bacon, then remove the bacon, crumble it onto a plate, and set it aside. fry onions in the bacon grease.

otherwise (this is my favorite,) just start by sauteeing onion in chicken schmaltz (or oil of your choice)

when caramelized, add cooked (or canned) pinto beans, tomato sauce, molasses, a little vegetable or chicken stock, and minced roasted garlic cloves.

season with mustard, garlic and onion powder, clove, a pinch of thyme, and smoked paprika or smoked salt if you have it. add worcestershire sauce if you like it. don’t forget salt and black pepper.

simmer on low for 10 minutes.

add brown sugar or maple syrup if you like it sweet, or just serve as is.

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irish soda bread

February 17, 2015

This adaptation of Rosie’s Irish soda bread is perfect for a snow day. Much faster than a yeast bread – no waiting for it to rise!

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3 1⁄2 cups flour
1/4 – 1⁄2 cup sugar (optional; only use if you want this to be a dessert)
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of sour cream, plain kefir or yogurt, buttermilk, or anything that’s creamy and tangy
2 eggs
1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)
3⁄4 cup raisins

preheat oven to 350.

mix flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

separately, in another bowl, mix eggs and sour cream/kefir/etc.

combine both, and knead with caraway seeds and raisins.

dough will be so sticky you’ll think you did something wrong.

transfer dough into a dutch oven, a springform pan, a 9″ round casserole dish, or if all else fails, a cookie sheet. (i did, and it flattened out a bit in the oven but was still delicious!)

flour your hands and pat top (and sides, if on a cookie sheet) of loaf until it is no longer sticky.

bake for ~55 minutes

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adapted from rosie’s irish soda bread

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The combination of caraway seeds and raisins is surprisingly amazing. This is so fast and painless for bread, and a great way to use the endless sour kefir that is always in my fridge! The recipe called for 1/2 c sugar, but I wouldn’t use that much again. It was way too sweet for me. Wonderful recipe otherwise! It’s dense and satisfying.

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oven-poached (shirred) eggs

February 9, 2015

I recommend these simple, no-fail eggs (or oefs en cocotte, the heavy cream version). The only downside is cleaning out the muffin tin.

They’re not at all greasy or chewy. This method would be great for making eggs for a large group.

If you need to surprise someone with breakfast on valentine’s day and need something you can’t possibly mess up, this is a good one. Serve with grits or toast if you like, but eggs are never limited to breakfast. They’re great on a bed of greens for lunch, or with mustard and crackers for a snack, or on top of your stir-fry or steak.

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attempt one

preheat oven to 350
pour a little grease into a muffin tin
add a bit of boiling water into each
crack an egg into indentation
sprinkle a little salt and pepper on each egg
if you like, add herbs or cheese

cook 12 minutes if you like over medium – more if you like eggs over hard; less if you like eggs over easy
(your oven may vary! watch them carefully)

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adapted from epicurious

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